Today’s movers and shakers: HBA Boston chapter honors volunteer leaders | HBA

Today’s movers and shakers: HBA Boston chapter honors volunteer leaders

In an ongoing effort to show the appreciation for the extraordinary efforts of the Boston Chapter’s volunteer leaders, they have instituted the volunteer award. Here are the latest award winners.

In an ongoing effort to show the appreciation for the extraordinary efforts of the Boston Chapter’s volunteer leaders, they have instituted the volunteer award. Here are the latest award winners.

Kate DidioKate Didio

In Jan 2009, the Boston chapter’s marketing committee was created and Kate Didio, senior director of clinical operations at Surface Logix, took on the role of chair of the editorial sub-committee. Her first responsibility was to define the role and communicate it to the BOD. As editorial chair, she was responsible for reviewing and editing all email communications to members and all website postings for the Boston chapter. She set up processes for submitting event details to corporate for eblasts and communicated them to the BOD to create consistency. She established relationships with HBA corporate and acted as a liaison between corporate and the Boston chapter program directors for all matters regarding email communications and web postings. This year Kate took on the role of chair of the marketing committee, providing support and guidance to the sub-committee chairs. It is because of all her creative contributions and her enthusiasm for HBA that Kate has been awarded the Boston Chapter Volunteer award.

Brenda FungBrenda Fung

Since discovering the HBA in 2005, Brenda, formerly a senior scientist in therapeutic area research at CombinatoRx Inc, has been an active volunteer for both HBA Boston’s Women In Science (WIS) affinity group and for the mentoring program. She also served for many years as the liaison between these groups, representing the special interests and perspectives of women scientists and influencing the format and presentation of the mentoring program to meet the needs of the biotech/pharma/medical device community in the Boston area. She is particularly proud that the mentoring program has been a huge success for HBA Boston and the HBA as a whole, as our insights have contributed to the expansion of HBA mentoring programs worldwide.

Brenda received the award for her many years of behind the scenes work on the mentoring committee and outstanding contributions to developing and evolving the crucial matching process which is the cornerstone of the mentoring program's success. She has served a key role in this committee from its inception by going above and beyond during the matching process to provide the best possible experience for the program participants. Her incredible attention to detail, enthusiasm and dedication attest to her commitment to the advancement of women at all levels of their careers. That’s why the HBA Boston chapter has recognized Brenda with a volunteer award.

Emily WalshEmily Walsh

Emily Walsh PhD, CEO and founder of Tremont Therapeutics, was instrumental in creating and co-chairing the HBA’s global DART (Data Analysis and Reporting Tool) program. What began as a simple set of analyses as part of Emily’s role on the membership committee has become a global project to tap the expertise of chapter leadership across the HBA enabling all chapters to better understand their membership trends. Emily brought her strong technical vision and leadership skills to this important task and created a 20-person DART team who strive to “turn data into information.” Her vision is that the DART tool will greatly enable chapter leaders as they seek to better understand and meet the needs of their members. Emily’s drive and enthusiasm is contagious and she is truly a value to HBA which is why the board of directors has chosen Emily to receive a Boston Chapter Volunteer Award.

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