2021 HBA Annual Conference Preview

— Join us this November as we join the movement for gender equality.

By Carly Markowitz [email protected]

Become a change agent. Help to draft the blueprints for the future of work in our industry. Together, at the 2021 Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) annual conference, we can reimagine pathways to a more equitable and inclusive workplace. Join us virtually November 8-10 to:

• Build on expanded concepts of advocacy and allyship

• Apply insights from promising and proven practices to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) in your spheres of influence

• Expand strategies that enhance your presence, visibility, and performance

• Strengthen an invaluable network of advocates and accomplices

This year’s keynotes include: 

Romie Mushtaq

The Power of Pause: Mindful Leadership to Transform Teams and Cultures featuring Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq

A neurologist, chief wellness officer, and mindful leadership expert, Dr. Romie will provide tips and techniques to transform teams, cultures, and reinvent organizations by installing wellness from the top down. Dr. Romie’s ‘Power of Pause’ will help you create a win/win for your organization, gain responsibility, and respect as a leader, and create an engaged and productive workspace.

Jessica Matthews

Innovating During Times of Uncertainty: Turning Adversity into Vision featuring Jessica O. Matthews 

Topping the list of Fortune’s Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs and recipient of Harvard University Scientist of the Year, One Young World Entrepreneur of the Year, and the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award, Jessica O. Matthews will inspire attendees with her passion for creating solutions to power the needs of people, businesses, and communities worldwide, and be challenged to think of ways they can incorporate her philosophy when addressing the needs of the diverse communities they serve.

Hayden Majajas

From Good Intentions to Bold Action: Strategic and Systemic Strategies for Being an Advocate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) in a Global Marketplace featuring seasoned DE&I Executive Hayden Majajas

This session will put you face-to-face – or rather, screen-to-screen – with strategic and systemic strategies for DE&I advocacy in a global marketplace. Gain the skills you’ll need to move beyond good intentions into quantifiable actions. Be among the bold leaders necessary to help companies follow through on their commitments to develop practical solutions that match the scale and complexity of the issues they face.

Set yourself and your team apart from your competitors by broadening your employees’ professional worldview through three-month access to: 


Gain skills using the best data-driven practices to advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and position yourself to achieve measurable results.  


Better your brain, your being, and your brand through bite-sized, easily digestible content.

And, making connections is what the HBA does best. The HBA provides tremendous opportunities to meet and bond with industry leaders from across the globe; in 2020, over 250 life science companies from nearly 15 countries were represented at the conference. This year, the HBA is taking it to the next level: 

Journeys are more fun when you’re in good company! Join a Learning Circle to experience #HBAAC21 with a small, facilitator-led group; share reflections, resources, stories, and more as you bond prior, throughout, and after the live conference! 

Make me a match! Take part in HBA Braindates to connect one-on-one or in small group conversations leveraging our platform’s matchmaking technology. 

Make plans to start your conference experience early at the first-ever Women of Color Wellness Summit

As part of a multi-faceted approach to DE&I, the Women of Color Wellness Summit is designed to broaden the awareness of how women of color were uniquely impacted over the last year by global events, and create intentional time for reflection and connection. Much of this important growth cannot happen without unpacking the convergence of issues that women of color have disproportionately experienced. Join us to pause for a collective wellness check and to receive practical tools for making holistic wellbeing a priority.

The HBA is a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering the advancement and impact of women in the business of healthcare. With more than 55 locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Pan-Asia, the HBA serves a community of nearly 60,000 individuals and 170 Corporate Partners. The HBA provides networking forums to build relationships; knowledge sharing and access to thought leaders to broaden perspective; educational programs to develop leadership skills and high-profile industry recognition of outstanding women and companies to promote visibility of their achievements.