2012 HBA Leadership Conference



The 2012 HBA Leadership Conference with the theme of "Where Leadership Paths Converge" took place on November 7-9 in Orlando. This was a conference that only the HBA could deliver with top speakers, inspiring leadership stories, actionable skill development and opportunities to network with peers and senior women leaders from all sectors of healthcare. Download the agenda for the conference.

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Carolyn Buck LuceWe opened the 2012 conference with a very special session led by our 2012 Woman of the Year Carolyn Buck Luce. Carolyn led a session titled "The new healthcare ecosystem: From developing new medicines to delivering healthy outcomes.” Trends such as the patent cliff, decreasing R&D productivity, pricing pressures, globalization and shifting demographics have transformed the industry’s long-standing vertically integrated blockbuster model (Pharma 1.0) into today’s Pharma 2.0 business model. Carolyn discussed how the industry is now on the cusp of its biggest transformation yet as it begins to morph into a new healthcare “ecosystem” defined as Pharma 3.0.


Our stellar leadership content also included three keynote speakers:

Noreen Fraser Noreen Fraser, award winning television producer, responded to her diagnosis of stage IV metastatic breast cancer by a co-creating and co-producing the 2008 Stand Up 2 Cancer network television special that raised over $100 million for cancer research. She then founded of the Noreen Fraser Foundation (NFF). NFF supports translational cancer research aimed at developing new prevention methods, diagnostic tools and non-toxic therapies to treat women’s cancers. One NFF Program is Men for Women Now dedicated to supporting women's cancer research through education, mobilization and fundraising initiatives.


Pat Mitchell



Pat Mitchell  was the first woman president and CEO of PBS, and currently is the president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media. Throughout her career, Mitchell has engaged the power of media and storytelling as an agent of social change and specifically, to highlight the stories of women and girls. She was the first woman to launch, produce and host her own nationally syndicated program “Woman to Woman,” and continues to be active in breaking new ground for women across the media landscape, including a current series of initiatives and programs called Women@Paley which includes producing an annual TEDxWomen conference in partnership with the TED organization. Her many awards include multiple Emmys, five Peabodys and two Academy Award nominations. Mitchell sits on the corporate board of AOL.


Pat was named as one of the League of Extraordinary Women by Fast Company magazine.


Bonnie St. John

Bonnie St. John  is a highly successful author, Rhodes Scholar, White House official, Olympic athlete and an entrepreneurial businesswoman. To research her latest book How Great Women Lead,  she and her teen-aged daughter traveled all over the world interviewing fascinating women leaders including Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, the President of Liberia, movie stars, fashion designers, CEOs and many more. St. John is perhaps best known for being the first African-American ever to win Olympic medals in ski racing.


Watch the video as Tavis Smiley from PBS interviews Bonnie.


Added later to the agenda, Bonnie St. John, on Friday afternoon, led an optional seminar session – High Performance Resilience for Leaders. This session highlighted how women leaders can continue to tap into new sources of energy for the innovations, insights and initiatives we need to compete as the pace of today's high tech workplace continues to accelerate. Bonnie addressed these challenges by guiding participants through a series of practical exercises and techniques that enhance our capacity to offset the negative effects of stress, increase resilience, and play to win. Drawing on research from U of Michigan, U Penn, the Human Performance Institute, the HeartMath Institute, as well as the NeuroLeadership Institute, Bonnie will translate abstract concepts and theories into immediately applicable, relevant tools that allow the best to get better-for both personal life and bottom line results at work. During this seminar participants learned: ·         Why focused resilience is a new and critical 'skill' that leverages all the assets of high performers ·         The difference between micro resilience and macro resilience techniques ·         Rigorously tested concepts that will pave the way for breakthrough performance in your organization, including - o   Two reframing methods for mental resilience: the classic, time tested method as well as a 'quick and easy' shortcut o   Five tools for effective emotional resilience that can be done in under five minutes, in the office

Interactive Leadership Workshops

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The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) Leadership Conference offers actionable leadership and career development content. This conference is designed to offer attendees direct actionable strategies in the areas of leadership development, career paths, industry knowledge and communication skills. Through plenary sessions, interactive workshops and networking with leaders and peers, the HBA Leadership Conference delivers career-changing experiences.

Top rated conference topics have included: conflict resolution, negotiation tactics, leading without authority, social media, and cultural competence.

The HBA thanks our 2012 HBA Leadership Conference sponsors:

Ruby sponsors

Cardinal Health



Sapphire sponsor


Gold sponsors

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Cobalt sponsors

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Bronze sponsors

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