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Message from HBA Metro chapter president

Dear HBA Metro chapter members and sponsors,

I want to thank all of our HBA Metro chapter members and sponsors that have enabled us to start 2013 off with a bang. We have a variety of programs and locales planned for this year, so we can reach as many of our members as possible. Our board members and volunteers are here to serve you, our members and sponsors.  We would love to hear from you so that we can meet your membership needs.  Please feel free to email me.

2013 program successes

We started out our first event of the year with a dine-around at Vermillion in New York City, attended by a crowd of 50 participants. Louise Pollock of Pollock Communications (Sponsor) and Kathy Lauri spoke the group on “How to Influence Internal and External Stakeholders” while enhancing your visibility in the workplace.   

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Our second event of the year was sold out, with more than 60 attendees. The topic on “Communicating for Change” presented by Dr. Beth Banks Cohen, was a topic close to the hearts of many of our attendees, who are dealing with constant change in the workplace. We appreciate Quintiles hosting the event at their offices. The atmosphere and food was amazing.

We had our first-ever Executive Women’s Breakfast in New York City hosted by Edelman on the topic, “Make It to the Top, Learn How to Reach Your Full Potential.”  Moderated by Dr. Diana Galer, we had a senior-level panel of female executives who shared their thoughts and perspectives on what has allowed them to be successful. On our panel was Juliana Richter, president of client relationship management, Edelman; Maureen Regan, founder and mnaging partner at RCW Group; and Jan Mercer Dahms, CFO of International Planned Parenthood and CEO of Jan Mercer Dahms & Co. 

Our first webinar of the year was on the topic “Transform Your Career from Misery to Happiness,” presented by Dr. Diana Galer, a certified professional coach. More than 60 participants attended by phone to learn about Diana’s personal career journey as well as hear her advice on how participants can transform their careers.

Expanding our reach

A group of HBA Metro chapter board members attended the BIONJ Gala dinner in February to ensure that we have a presence at signature healthcare events and also to increase our outreach to corporate partners and members. BIONJ offers a variety of programs for member companies.  Please visit to find out more.

On March 14, several HBA Metro chapter board members will be attending the Drug, Chemical and Associated Technologies Conference. There will be a women’s breakfast where DCAT attendees and members will hear about the HBA and how they can join. HBA members can attend the breakfast at the DCAT Rate of $99.  Click here to find out more.

The HBA Metro chapter will also have a presence at INTERPHEX on April 24 at the Jacob Javits Center, for a special program offering for women in healthcare. Wendy Mantel will present on personal branding and Dyan Bryson will present on marketing leadership by focusing on the patient. HBA members can attend at 50 percent of the published rate. Click here to register.

On May 29 and 30 the HBA will be staffing a booth at the NYBIO annual conference, and we hope to see some of our HBA members there.  Please click here to find out more.

Upcoming programs

We have some amazing programs and offerings coming up over the next several months, and it’s not too late to register. Visit our chapter webpage to sign up.

Save the date

March 9: Enrollment ends for the 6th Annual Group Mentoring Program. Details are available here. This is a remarkable program offered over a six-month period, featuring co-mentors paired with between three and six mentees based upon geography and topic.  

April 4: “Lessons of Innovation from the Technology Sector” — hosted by our Women in Science affinity group. This is our first event for 2013 in Connecticut, and our sponsor is Purdue Pharma.

April 9: “Healthcare Reform” — hosted by the Women in Finance affinity group and sponsored by Novartis.

April 13: “Volunteer Your Way to a Better Career and Volunteer Appreciation Brunch”

April 26: Webinar on Change Epidemic: “Proactively Managing Responses to Change” — sponsored by PA Consulting Group.

May 7: “Annual CIO Panel” — hosted by the Women in Healthcare IT and sponsored by Johnson & Johnson.

May 18: “Biotech 101 for the Non-Scientist” — sponsored by Middlesex Community College and Lippencott Burnett, LLP.  This half-day program will provide participants with a solid foundation on the biotech industry.

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