International Women’s Day

IWDSaturday March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD). This year’s theme is inspiring change. International Women’s Day has been observed since in the early 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

HBA board members share how the HBA intersects with IWD:

“Recently, significant public attention surrounded Mary Barra, the newly named CEO of General Motors, and Dr. Janet Yellen, the newly appointed chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, as they assumed high ranking and influential leadership roles traditionally held by men. Someday women reaching these highest levels and executive posts won’t command as much attention as it will be completely commonplace for women to take the helm and lead major organizations. Women bring important qualities to organizational leadership whether it’s in the auto industry, consumer goods, finance, life sciences, or other segments. Until we reach full parity with men—advancement of women worldwide through programs designed to sponsor women and help them prepare for and assume leadership roles in business are now more critical than ever.  The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) provides programs and services to help women advance in the careers of their choosing.”

Jeanne Zucker, president

“The HBA represents the collaboration and power of women united toward a common goal and mission. The impact and focus of our over 6,300 members is creating momentum toward success to change leadership and opportunities within the healthcare industry.

Keri Collete, second vice president

“Like so many of the inspiring women who have preceded us in changing the landscape for women in the workplace, being a member of the HBA allows me to be a part of “the change I wish to change!”  HBA leaders are full of hope and courage that will, no doubt, impact opportunities that await future generations of women. Perhaps Margaret Mead said it best, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
Amy Bybee, secretary

“International Women’s Day is an important time for us to honor how far women have come as leaders in society and business. We still have much to do to achieve equality! Being part of the HBA has been one way in which I try and make a difference in helping women achieve their personal and professional dreams.”

Kathy Fitzpatrick, treasurer

What does this day mean to you? How are you marking this occasion with your team? Please submit a comment to share your thoughts and activities.

Make Your Mark At LLNS we are celebrating the day by giving fully paid HBA memberships, and copies of Make Your Mark by Freda Lewis-Hall, MD, chief medical officer of Pfizer Inc.  “Make Your Mark contains inspirational leadership lessons gleaned from Dr. Lewis-Hall’s remarkable career in healthcare, as well as inspiration gained from her family, mentors and colleagues. I hope that Dr. Lewis-Hall’s warm, caring and solid leadership lessons will inspire my team to create a meaningful career for themselves and others.

Sharon F. Callahan
CEO, LLNS & EVP Omnicom Group, Inc.

Join the conversation on social media too:
Follow #womensday on Twitter
Comment on the IWD Facebook page: facebook/internationalwomensday
Discuss at LinkedIn/internationalwomensday

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