More than 900 women and men immersed themselves in leadership at the 2010 HBA Leadership Conference. Often we attend a conference, take notes, and make ourselves promises only to return to work, swiftly file it all and go back to business as usual. The 2010 conference team sought to change this paradigm.

What an important and relevant program - focusing on what we all do both professionally and personally everyday - communicate. Mark Perkins, PhD enlightened, entertained and energized the room with his insightful and thought provoking presentation.

Endo Pharmaceuticals CEO David Holveck was the guest speaker at the Executive Women's Breakfast hosted by HBA Greater Philadelphia. His talk focused on how Endo's core strategy is evolving in response to the changing U.S. health care environment, but many of the points he made in "Our Industry Through a Different Lens" are applicable to the pharma industry at large.

Sixty-nine HBA Chicago members and guests gathered on October 21 for networking and fashion guidance. Kathy Brosmith, fashion consultant for Personal Vogue, demonstrated numerous ways to accentuate the positive.

The HBA Boston chapter mentoring program event at Infinity Pharmaceuticals was a celebration of the successes and achievements of the 120 women in this year’s mentoring program. During this eight month program mentees worked to enhance their career skills, increase their personal satisfaction and to set goals for future career development.

The HBA Chicago chapter recognized Heather Bristol as “Volunteer of the Month.” Heather joined the HBA about one year ago through the mentoring program. She selected mentoring initially as a great way to get involved and meet people.

Each year the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association offers a one-day leadership institute to train the boards of its 15 chapters and affiliates in nonprofit association governance and leadership. The evening prior to this was an award ceremony.

The HBA Metro Chapter’s 2010 Membership Drive was a success. The effort brought in 74 new HBA Metro members with 24 existing members making referrals—bringing the chapter’s member total to over 1,700.

Oliver is chief operating officer and chief financial officer at San Antonio-based ENTrigue, Inc., a three-year-old privately-held medical device company that develops and markets products for otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.

Lelia O’Connor welcomed 147 attendees to the HBA Chicago chapter’s opening fall event. Attendees were invited to participate in an exercise of self-reflection.