The HBA is the leading not-for-profit global organization committed to helping women in healthcare, across all areas of functional expertise, achieve their leadership goals at every stage of their career.
The HBA was founded in 1977, when five professional women in the northeastern United States recognized the need for women in healthcare to come together to exchange industry and career information and resources. They began informally, but meetings quickly grew and led to the formation of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) as a (501)(c)(6) non-profit organization in 1979.
In 2000, the first HBA chapter was launched in Atlanta followed by San Francisco and Boston in 2001. In 2003, the Metro Chapter (Conn, N.Y. and N.J.) was spun off from the then national organization. Also in 2003, three additional chapters were created: Indiana, Chicago and Mid-Atlantic (MD, Del, DC, and VA).
In 2006, two new chapters launched: the first was Research Triangle Park, North Carolina and the second was Greater Philadelphia. During 2007 our European chapter launched. The Southern California chapter and a new affiliate in Ohio were formed in 2008. Our growth continued in 2009 with the launch of the San Antonio and St. Louis chapters and ongoing global interest to start new HBA affiliates, such as our Ohio Affiliate.
Today, the HBA serves its expanding membership in a variety of roles and diverse areas, but remains true to its roots to further the advancement and impact of women in healthcare worldwide. Indeed, the HBA’s tag line — “Required Experience for Healthy Careers” — clearly articulates the value the association continually delivers to its members.
The HBA has grown into a powerful voice that commands attention, effects change in an industry its members are proud to represent and empowers individual members and corporate partners to make a difference on the job and in personal lives. Its value continues to be fueled by the commitments of its Board of Directors, Advisory Board, regional boards and committee chairs, all of whom are volunteers.
The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association is the premier catalyst for the leadership development of women in healthcare worldwide
To further the advancement and impact of women in healthcare worldwide
The HBA accomplishes this by:
- Providing educational opportunities to develop cutting-edge industry knowledge and leadership skills
- Recognizing outstanding women in the healthcare industry
- Providing opportunities for networking, creating greater visibility for individuals in the industry, and fostering mentoring relationships
- Serving as a conduit for research on career advancement issues