By Nancy White
Director, marketing, communications & digital strategy
Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association


From left: HBA President and CEO Laurie Cooke, HBA Honorable Mentor Peter Anastasiou, Woman of the Year Sharon Callahan, and Strategic Transformation Achievement Recognition (STAR) Taren Grom

The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) celebrated a milestone 30th anniversary of the annual Woman of the Year event on May 9 in New York City. More than 2,000 industry leaders gathered to recognize this year’s 119 honorees – who join the now more than 1,700 industry champions celebrated by the HBA during the last 30 years.

The 30th anniversary of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association paid tribute to 71 Rising Stars and 45 Luminaries.

Sharon Callahan, CEO, TBWA\WorldHealth, and chief client officer, Omnicom Health Group, earned the 2019 Woman of the Year recognition. With a 30-plus year healthcare marketing career, Callahan is an influential leader who has advocated for the rights of gender parity. Her support for workplace equality is evident within TBWA\WorldHealth, with nearly 60 percent of senior leadership roles held by women.

Peter Anastasiou, executive VP, head of North America, Lundbeck, was recognized as the 2019 HBA Honorable Mentor. At Lundbeck, Anastasiou has been instrumental in promoting women across the organization, with women now in 54 percent of vice president and higher roles.

The 2019 Strategic Transformation Achievement Recognition (STAR) was presented to Taren Grom, co-founder and editor-in-chief, PharmaVOICE magazine. For more than a decade, Grom has been a dedicated HBA volunteer serving on the global board of directors, and on multiple committees.

The event also recognized 71 Rising Stars and 45 Luminaries. Nominated by HBA’s corporate partner companies, these women were recognized for their commitment to excellence in the workplace, and their impact as inspiration to other women.

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