HBA’s 2018 Woman of the Year event
Dr. Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, was honored as the 2018 Woman of the Year (WOTY) by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. The HBA’s 29th WOTY event was held at the New York Hilton Midtown on Thursday, May 3rd. About 2,500 leaders from throughout the healthcare industry were in attendance. The event additionally recognized the HBA Honorable Mentor, STAR and nearly 100 Rising Stars and Luminaries from across the healthcare space.
The HBA WOTY award honors a senior executive female whose accomplishments have led to important contributions to the healthcare industry. Dr. Gerberding serves as executive VP for strategic communications, global public policy and population health and chief patient officer of Merck & Co. Inc.
Dr. Gerberding has been at the forefront of some of the world’s most pressing population health issues. Her leadership in modernizing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earned her recognition as one of Time magazine’s 2004 “100 Most Influential People in the World.” During her career at Merck — in roles as president of Merck Vaccines, and her current position as chief patient officer and executive VP — she has mentored dozens of women and championed the development of the Merck Women’s Employee Business Resource Group (EBRG) strategy and execution.
Dr. Gerberding joined Merck during January 2010 as president of Merck Vaccines and helped make the company’s vaccines increasingly more available and affordable to people in emerging markets and some of the most resource-limited countries in the world. Dr. Gerberding additionally helped lead the successful launch in India of the MSD Wellcome Trust Hilleman Laboratories, a not-for-profit joint venture for vaccine development. In 1998, she left her tenured academic faculty appointment at the University of California, San Francisco, to lead the CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion and then served as CDC Director from 2002 to 2009.
Dr. Gerberding serves on the boards of Cerner Corporation, CWRU, MSD Wellcome Trust Hilleman Laboratories and the BIO Executive Committee. She has received more than 50 awards and honors, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Distinguished Service Award for her leadership in responses to anthrax bioterrorism and the September 11, 2001 attacks. Dr. Gerberding was named to Forbes Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women in the World in 2005 through 2008.
A leading mentor and a shining star
Nick Colucci, chairman and CEO of Publicis Health, was the recipient of the 2018 Honorable Mentor award. Terri Pascarelli, CEO of AIT Bioscience, wad recognized with the Strategic Transformation Achievement Recognition (STAR) award.
Established in 2001, the Honorable Mentor award recognizes one individual who demonstrates long-term support for the advancement of women in the healthcare industry, has a personal dedication to developing, mentoring and promoting women in the industry, and who has been supportive of the HBA’s goals. Colucci has successfully advanced gender parity across Publicis Health. He is recognized as a supportive mentor for women and is frequently cited as an outspoken advocate for workplace inclusion sharing his expertise with industry audiences as well and trade and business media.
For the past 18 years, the HBA has honored a volunteer who stands apart as a truly exemplary role model and who has shown a long-term commitment to furthering the HBA’s strategic goals with the STAR award. During her many years of volunteering at the most senior levels of HBA leadership, Pascarelli effectively applied her strategic perspective and business savvy to HBA’s growth and helped set the course and lay the foundation for the organization currently in place.
“As passionate advocates of gender parity in the workplace, Julie, Nick and Terri have long advocated for the development and advancement of women in the work environment,” says Laurie P. Cooke, HBA CEO. “Their commitment and the sustained impact they have had is a timely and encouraging reminder — that there are many leaders who create and foster healthy and positive corporate cultures. The HBA is proud to acknowledge each of them and their contributions to advancing gender parity.”
The HBA Luminary award was launched during 2014 as part of the HBA’s 25th anniversary of the Woman of the Year. For 2018, the HBA had recognized 33 senior women — identified by their corporate partner companies — who serve as a role model in their company, actively mentor and sponsor others, help advance other women’s careers, and exhibit dedication to the healthcare industry. Each of the luminary leaders have more than 20 years of professional industry experience. The 2018 HBA luminaries are:
Lisa Bakazias, VP, global operations, manufacturing strategy
West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.
Lisa Benna, SVP, HR
Heidi Casaletto, VP, business fields-transfusion medicine, business fields marketing
Ortho Clinical Diagnostics
Maggie A. Daniels, national sales director, corporate accounts
Kathy Delaney, global chief creative officer
Binodh DeSilva, PhD, VP
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Elsie DiBella, VP, biologics process and CMC development
Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Edith Eby, VP
Rachel Frizberg, commercial director region Europe
Roche (F. Hoffmann – La Roche Ltd)
Coleen Glessner, SVP and chief quality officer
Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Cecile Guegan, VP finance global oncology and medicine development
Jennifer Jackson, PhD, SVP, global regulatory affairs and quality assurance
Petra Jantzer, managing director
Tracey Keele, partner, risk consulting
Andrea Kretzmann, strategy
Fingerpaint Marketing, Inc.
Lauren Lewis, EVP, managing director
McCann Torre Lazur
Anila Lingamneni, VP, renal R&D, Baxter healthcare
Baxter International Inc.
Kellie Malloy, EVP
Nahrin Marino, deputy general counsel legal regulatory
Astellas Pharma US, Inc.
Jymme McQuillan, executive director, operations
Nikkia Miller-Blakes, Johnson & Johnson technology, VP – enterprise and portfolio
Johnson & Johnson
Jan Price, director, women’s healthcare and neurology medical science liaison teams
Rosemary Rebuli, global head of trial management
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Dawn Rogers, SVP, human resources
Robin Shapiro, global president
Meg Smith, VP, clinical operations, quality and regulatory compliance
Cecilia Soriano, VP/GM diabetes care
Ponni Subbiah, chief medical officer
Lisa Talbot, managing director, healthcare strategy and business development
Marina Maher Communications LLC
Onelia Ann Vera, legal group VP, hematology
Erica Yahr, EVP, executive strategy director
McCann Health NY
Sherri Zapinski, VP, global procurement
Alcon, a Novartis Company
Litao Zhang, PhD, VP, leads discovery and optimization
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
HBA Rising Stars are professionals in various sectors of the healthcare field, including pharma, biotech, advertising, PR, medical education and market research. Nominated by the HBA’s corporate partners, the Rising Stars represent various career stages and disciplines, and have shown noteworthy achievements and proven attention to advancing their careers. The following women were recognized as HBA Rising Stars at the 2018 WOTY event:
Neeta Amin, executive director, clinical lead/clinical science head
Jennifer Anderson, director, operations
Sonal Bhatia, VP, NA regional medical affairs lead, rare diseases
Stephanie Bostaph Martin, VP
Vanessa Breschard, executive creative director
Health & Wellness Partners, LLC
Anne Brooks, senior director, oncology marketing
Jennifer Broxmeyer, director of compliance and associate general counsel
Renata Campos, area head LATAM and president Brazil
Takeda Pharma LTDA
Jessica Coffey, director, national markets account management
Courtney Cohen, associate creative director
Kristi Cooper, director, learning and development
Tracey Cooper, digital engagement strategist
Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide
Dana Dodzik, senior director, corporate communications
Tanesha Duncan, executive director, technical commercialization
Sophie Dutilloy, DVP Abbott diabetes care, EMEAP
Susan Farkas, commercial business director
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP
Margaret Faul, executive director process development
Jovelle Fernandez, VP, Japan medical officer and head, Japan medical affairs
Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Joy Fitzgerald, chief diversity officer
Eli Lilly and Company
Colleen Flesher, area VP sales
Johnson & Johnson
Amy France, VP, finance
Betsy George, director, medical affairs, operations
Inna Glozman, senior director, commercial analytics
Renee Hall, executive director, head of commercial excellence
Priti Hegde, director
Jessica Hill, senior account manager
Emma L. Howe, marketing director, upper respiratory, health BU, RB US
Evelyn Y. Hu, executive director, technical operations controller
Purdue Pharma L.P.
Sangita Iyer, director, FP&A
Horizon Pharma plc
Mary James, senior director, research and analytics
Kendra Johnson, senior project manager
Nicole Leiter, corporate operations VP
Walgreens Boots Alliance
Sonia Luaces, partner
Kelly MacDonald, director, commercial finance and technical accounting
Christina Mack, Sr. director of epidemiology
Stephanie Magonagle, VP, strategic planning director
Haita Makanji, PharmD, RPh, VP clinical strategy and programs
Magellan Rx Management
Marilyn Marsh, national sales director
Publicis Health Solutions
Tara Mautone, Sr. director, chief of staff, president
Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.
Kimberly Moran, head, neurology healthcare strategy
Cari Nicholson, PMP, SPHR, executive director, strategic account management
Angela Partisano, PharmD, MS, RPh, CMPP, global medical director, hATTR Amyloidosis
Melinda Pautsch, director, strategic accounts and medical device/diagnostic sales
Kathryn C. Payne, SVP, corporate affairs
AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Julia Pike, VP, intellectual property
Devayani Pophali, senior director, field operations
Shelley Rahe, SVP, client service director
CDM New York
Erin Rathbone, senior manager for client services
Ana Dolores Roman, PEH country manager, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador
Kunbi Rudnick, director, global marketing
Merck & Co., Inc.
Chaka Serrant, senior business analyst
Sandra Sexton, director, consumer marketing
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc
Sonia Shah, senior medical director
The Scienomics Group, An Omnicom Company
Vanita Sharma, Sr. director, patient advocacy and public policy
Strongbridge Biopharma plc
Kristy Shipulski, Sr. director, supply chain management
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
Maureen Silverman, director, clinical operations
Emily Smith, VP, associate creative director
Concentric Health Experience
Janet Smith, director, enterprise accounts, healthcare
Jamie Spaeth, head of human resources, US commercial
Sarah Stock, PhD, VP, group scientific director
The Lockwood Group LLC
Melissa Strickland, team lead, account management
Amanda Strong, group medical copy supervisor
Giant Creative Strategy
Nicole Thompson, director human resources
Jodi Virkus, oncology marketing indication lead
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Christie Whitehead, VP, account group supervisor
Havas Sanofi Genzyme Village
About the HBA
The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association is a global nonprofit organization comprising individuals and organizations from across the healthcare industry committed to achieving gender parity in leadership positions; facilitating career and business connections; and providing effective practices that enable organizations to realize the full potential of their female talent.
The HBA accomplishes its mission through strong business networks, education, research, advocacy, and recognition for individuals and companies.
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