Committing to Gender Parity: HBA Woman of the Year 2018 Event

In the new business era of #TimesUp, the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) Annual Woman of Year (WOTY) event had a timely relevance in recognizing the women and men advocating for gender parity in the healthcare and life science industries.

More than 2,200 people gathered in New York City to celebrate the many contributions of the 2018 honorees that included Woman of the Year Dr. Julie Gerberding of Merck, Honorable Mentor Nick Colucci of Publicis, and STAR Terri Pascarelli of AIT BioScience. The event also celebrated 66 Rising Stars, women early in their careers making significant contributions to the industry, and 20 Luminaries—women with 20 years of industry experience recognized as role models and inspirational leaders.

The HBA’s “united force for change” theme was echoed in comments by the keynote honorees with Dr. Julie Gerberding sharing that valiant leadership is “the kind of courage that allows you to show up, speak up, and stand up” and is one of her universals truths that make for a better, healthier workplace and future for all.

“As passionate advocates of gender parity in the workplace, Julie, Nick, and Terri have long advocated for the development and advancement of women in our industry. Their commitment to the cause is a timely and encouraging reminder that business leaders are fostering healthy and positive corporate cultures for their employees. The HBA is proud to acknowledge each of them and their contributions to advancing gender parity,” said Laurie P. Cooke, HBA CEO.

Right to left: 2018 HBA Honorable Mentor, Nick Colucci, Executive Chairman, Publicis Health; Laurie Cooke, President & CEO, HBA; Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, Executive Vice President for Strategic Communications, Global Public Policy and Population Health and Chief Patient Officer, Merck & Co., Inc.
2018 HBA Woman of the Year event hosted more than 2,200 leaders in the healthcare and life sciences industries.
STAR award honoree Terri Pascarelli, CEO of AIT Bioscience, shares her HBA volunteer experience and how it helped her take the “right risks” and inspired her career path.
2018 Luminaries get well-deserved recognition and applause.


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