Honoring women and their mentors this week, the HBA Woman of the Year event is a special occasion for industry leaders. Ashfield’s Julie Kelly is a leader in the HBA and contributor to the event.

We are pleased to share that Julie Kelly, Vice President of Business Development for Ashfield Commercial and Clinical in the US, will be participating in the HBA (Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association) Woman of the Year event on May 11, 2017.  As an active member and long-time volunteer leader of the organization, Julie will be conducting Red Carpet interviews with key corporate partner leaders and award winners at the event.

The HBA is a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering the advancement and impact of women in healthcare worldwide. Julie has been actively involved with the organization since 2004 and hosts weekly podcasts on various subjects such as gender-equity, career development, and leadership.

The HBA Woman of the Year event (WOTY) to be held May 11, 2017 at the New York Hilton, NY, is an annual forum for bestowing awards for those in who have made extraordinary contributions to the healthcare industry.  These widely recognized awards include:

  • Woman of the Year award is presented to one extraordinary woman who has achieved marked success in business, exemplifies leadership and mentoring skills and supports the advancement of women in the healthcare industry. This year’s honoree is Bahija Jallal, EVP of Astra Zeneca and Lead of MedImmune.
  • Honorable Mentor award is presented to one senior-level man who is dedicated to promoting the advancement of women in the healthcare industry through mentoring. Joaquin Duato, worldwide chairman, pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson is the recipient of the 2017 award.
  • STAR (Strategic Transformation Achievement Recognition) recognizes one HBA member who has demonstrated an exceptional contribution of time and talent to strategically transform the HBA. Ceci Zak, principal and COO at Batten & Co (a strategic consulting firm within the Omnicom) will be honored in 2017.
  • Rising Stars are women in the early stages of their career, designated by HBA Corporate Partner companies because of their outstanding performance, leadership, commitment to excellence, and significant contribution to the company and the industry.
  • Luminaries are women with more than 20 years of industry experience, designated by Corporate Partners and lauded for their track record of helping advance women’s careers, a dedication to healthcare and because they serve as a transformational leadership.

“It is an honor to be asked to lead such an important role in the HBA WOTY event,” Julie shares. “The HBA has provided me with so many professional and personal growth opportunities, and I look forward to Ashfield’s partnership with the HBA to leverage the many offerings of the HBA across the globe.”

With 15 chapters throughout the US and in Europe, HBA serves a community of over 30,000 individuals and 120 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 cutting edge industry knowledge and recognition of outstanding women and companies to promote visibility of their achievements.