With gender inequality a continued area of focus for corporations and workplaces around the globe, the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) recognized Merck & Co. Inc. and Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc. for exemplary workplace initiatives working to close the gender gap in the healthcare and life science industries.

More than 700 companies have joined Time to Vote, a business-led, nonpartisan coalition that aims to increase voter participation in the U.S. elections.

Med Ad News reached out to agency executives to get their perspectives on how they have dealt with gender and diversity issues in their careers and in their lives.