Advancement, Commitment, Engagement award (ACE)

The HBA established the ACE (Advancement, Commitment, Engagement) Award to annually honor a corporate initiative that advances and enhances the careers of women in their respective organizations. Each nominated initiative supports the HBA’s goal to advance the role and imp actof women in the healthcare industry. Each initiative that is submitted for consideration is evaluated against five dimensions: business case, stewardship, execution, sustainability and measurable results. Submissions are judged by an external panel of experts, including leading business school academicians and respected industry veterans.

Affinity groups

These groups span the HBA to connect members with common interests. Many chapters host events focusing on topics most relevant to the members of affinity groups. The groups are: Executive Women, Fit to Lead, Women in Science, and Women in Transition.

Annual Business Meeting (ABM)

An annual meeting to which elected roles listed are voted on by the membership of HBA with the exception of the CCP representative which is voted on by the sitting CCP.

Annual Conference (AC)

This annual conference brings together women and men at all stages of their careers to build business connections for a sustainable leadership advantage, learn from thought leaders to broaden perspective, develop actionable insights and be a part of the convening of top women in healthcare across sectors as we work to further the advancement and impact of women in the business of healthcare.


Building Better Business Connections (3BC)

A community comprised of leaders from HBA Purple and Gold package Corporate Partner organizations who come together to inspire and accelerate the leadership impact of women in healthcare by collaboratively learning and tackling shared business challenges.  


Career Center

Located on the HBA website, this is where you can post resumes and look for jobs as a job seeker or post jobs as an employer.

Career Conversations

A webinar series which features a lively and interactive conversation between a recognized subject matter expert and a senior healthcare industry leader. Key content points are brought to life with examples and stories from a healthcare industry leader’s career journey. Webinars are 75 minutes long to provide extra time to accommodate audience questions

Chapter sponsors

Often companies will choose to host or otherwise sponsor events at the local level. Note: Local chapter sponsorship options do not include discounted membership rates for employees.

Corporate Partner

Companies can choose different levels of Corporate Partnership, all of which include various benefits. These packages include discounted membership rates for employees.

Corporate sponsors

In addition to Corporate Partnership, there are a number of opportunities for companies to sponsor HBA-wide flagship events such as the Woman of the Year event and Annual Conference. Note: These sponsorships are specific to the event in question and do not include discounted membership rates for events.


Empowerment, Diversity, Growth, Excellence (E.D.G.E.) in Leadership Study

E.D.G.E. (Empowerment, Diversity, Growth and Excellence) identifies key insights and benchmarks that allow companies to accelerate the progress of high-potential women into the most senior positions in the healthcare industry. The HBA partnered with Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading strategy and technology consulting firm, to conduct a comprehensive examination of current employment data, attitudes, motivations, and initiatives and determine practices at life science companies that impact women’s progress.

Executive Programs

Invitation-only meetings that bring together the most senior women and men in the life sciences industry to discuss current industry-related topics/trends.


Fit to Lead

Fit to Lead provides a variety of activities throughout the year to help our members prepare–mentally, emotionally and physically–for tough challenges and emerge stronger leaders.


Gender Partnership webinar series

A three-part webinar series will offer practical tools you can apply to your career and your company, improving communications and driving business results.


H.A.I.L. Survey

The attributes and influences of leaders in the healthcare industry were identified in this propriety research survey implemented in cooperation with Pharmaceutical Executive magazine. Results were first announced at the HBA’s 2003 Leadership Conference and a summary article, “Integrity at the Helm,” was published in the August 2003 issue of Pharmaceutical Executive.

HBA newsletter

A bi-weekly enewsletter that provides members and other interested parties with the latest HBA news, events and opportunities.


The magazine of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association and is mailed to members* as a member benefit. The goal of this publication is to impart information to its readership that fuels the advancement of women in the healthcare industry. *US members only

Honorable Mentor

Created in 2001, the Honorable Mentor award recognizes one individual each year who demonstrates long-term support for the advancement of women in the healthcare industry, has a personal dedication to developing, sponsoring, mentoring and promoting women in the industry, and who has been supportive of the HBA's goals.


Leadership Excellence and Dedication award (LEAD)

LEAD honors one volunteer per chapter or affiliate who have: •Served as a volunteer for at least 6 months and made a significant contribution during the current calendar year •Demonstrated excellence via sustained contributions at a regional level •Positively impacted the C/A and its ongoing success •Exemplified leadership excellence overall •Demonstrated dedication to the HBA mission of furthering the advancement and impact of women in healthcare worldwide •Been a positive influence, and has made a positive impact upon others

Leadership Institute (LI)

A key component of HBA's Leadership Readiness program, offers a unique opportunity to meet, learn and connect with 200+ HBA leaders from around the globe. This event is available to chapter board members and will provide leaders with best practices for each functional area, problem solving techniques and board readiness training based on individual level of board experience.


Women with more than 20 years of industry experience, designated by Corporate Partners and lauded for their track record of helping advance women’s careers, a dedication to healthcare and because they serve as a transformational leadership.


Media Partners

Leading publications that support the HBA’s mission: to further the advancement of women in the healthcare industry through education, recognition, networking, and mentoring, and access to research or services for career advancement.


Rising Star

Women in the early stages of their career, designated by HBA Corporate Partner companies because of their outstanding performance, leadership, commitment to excellence, and significant contribution to the company and the industry.


Strategic Transformation Achievement Recognition (STAR)

This award recognizes one HBA member who has demonstrated an exceptional contribution of time and talent to strategically transform the HBA.


The POWER Study

This pioneering HBA study focused on the climate for women’s career progress in pharmaceutical companies, and shed light on women’s prospects for career advancement in industry.


Woman of the Year award (WOTY)

This award is presented to one extraordinary woman who has achieved marked success in business, exemplifies leadership and mentoring skills and supports the advancement of women in the healthcare industry.

Woman of the Year event (WOTY)

For over 25 years, the HBA has bestowed awards to those in the healthcare industry who have exhibited special talents and contributions through extraordinary achievements. These widely recognized awards attract thousands of attendees to the HBA’s annual Woman of the Year event: Woman of the Year, Honorable Mentor, STAR, Rising Stars and Luminaries.

Women in Science

A program to provide women scientists in industry with professional support, educational opportunities and resources that will support their career advancement and leadership development.

Women in Transition

An affinity group, founded to assist HBA members during career transition by providing resources, education, and a venue for targeted networking.