Healthcare Businesswomen's Association

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The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) was founded in 1977 as a global non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the advancement of women in healthcare worldwide.[1]

Mission[edit]

The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association is a global nonprofit organization of people and organizations from across the healthcare industry committed to:

  • achieving gender parity in leadership positions
  • facilitating career and business connections
  • providing effective practices that enable organizations to realize the full potential of their female talent

The HBA accomplishes its mission through strong business networks, education, research, advocacy and recognition for individuals and companies.

Organizational Structure[edit]

The HBA was formed in 1977 by five professional women in the Northeast area of the United States:

  • Diane Anderson
  • Peg Dougherty
  • Millicent Gryczka
  • Sheila Sinkking
  • Ruth Smith, MD


These founders recognized the need for women in healthcare to come together to exchange industry and career information and resources. They began informally, but meetings quickly grew in number and led to the establishment of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA).

Upon establishment of the HBA in 1979 as a non-profit, events were held in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. As members relocated and wanted the networking and skill-building programs offered only by the HBA, the association expanded to meet the needs of industry women across the country and around the world.

The HBA has nearly 120 Corporate Partners and nearly 10,000 members served by more than 25 chapters and affiliates across the US and Europe.

Major Events[edit]

The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association executes its core purpose to further the advancement and impact of women in the business of healthcare  in part by providing educational opportunities to develop cutting-edge industry knowledge and leadership skills. This is accomplished via over 300 chapter events, flagship events including the HBA Annual Conference and Woman of the Year, and cutting edge programing including webinars such as Career Conversations

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