Letter from the CEO

Building on success. Creating influence and impact.

As an association, the HBA starts 2015 from a position of strength, the groundwork for which was laid during the past several years thanks to a talented and dedicated group of leaders. Before we close the door on 2014, I want to highlight just a few of the dozens of major accomplishments that punctuated the year, including record membership numbers and a growing community of nearly 40,000 women and men dedicated to our mission; more than 400 successful events held at our 15 global chapters and our sell out 25th anniversary Woman of the Year event and Annual Conference; the onboarding of a record number of industry sector corporate partners in our target expansion; the successful launch of Career Conversations, a webinar series that focuses on ways individuals can build leadership competencies and put them to use for themselves and their companies; and the premiere of our refashioned brand—Connect.Share.Grow.


And as we began 2015, the HBA held an incredibly successful first-time reception at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, an event that showcased the association as a major player to the hundreds of global corporate leaders, financial sponsors and institutional investors in attendance; co-hosted a senior executive event with ForbesWomen; and was asked to participate in USA Today’s publication for International Women’s Day (Sunday, March 8).

As successful as the HBA has been over the past 35 years, we still have major challenges to overcome as women leaders. According to a report by Judith Warner at the Center for American Progress, at the current rate of progress, equal representation of men and women at the top will not occur until 2085. In this issue of the HBAdvantage, we take a look at some of the driving factors behind this disparity and solutions to bridge the gap. Also, in this edition Wendy White, 2015 HBA president, issues a challenge for us to be bold as we look at the many other issues facing us as an association and to step into our power as we and the industry sit at an inflection point.

We look forward to an exciting year, as we imagine what’s possible by creating spheres of influence and being bold agents of change to shape women’s leadership and our impact on healthcare.

Laurie Cooke, RPh, CAE CEO, HBA