HBA Chicago-Northern Suburbs is pleased to announce our April 2020 Volunteer of the Month is Felicia Ford-Rice
When asked to share her experience as an HBA volunteer, Felicia told us:
“Being selected as Volunteer of the Month for April 2020 was quite a pleasant surprise. My volunteer work is borne out of a desire to give back and to encourage others wherever they are on their career journey. I enjoy working with enthusiastic, energetic leaders and leaders in the making. I am thrilled that in 2020 I have been able to support HBA Chicago – Northern Suburbs by my participation on the programming committee, mentoring committee and by serving as a mentor. As well as serving as a connector for the HBA Cincinnati virtual mentoring circle, which is a silver lining for virtual volunteering in the age of COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, the HBA mentoring program also allows me to share an array of HBA tools to aid mentees on their career journey and to gain “a seat at the table” of leadership.
It is exciting that the HBA community is filled with diverse and talented multigenerational men and women in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries of which I have had the opportunity to contribute. The HBA has swiftly pivoted to virtual offerings due to the COVID-19 pandemic and I enjoy supporting the myriad of excellent HBA virtual programming. The events that I have participated in have been engaging and informative and have afforded opportunities to network with multicultural professional peers as well as to share experiences and success stories. Moreover, the HBA has several affinity groups that are addressing the needs of women, especially with respect to promoting talented and experienced women to leadership roles. The affinity groups include the newly established Women of Color affinity group, to which I belong, it recognizes the need for removing barriers to gaining equality, diversity and inclusion at the highest levels in the workplace. As a bonus, our executive vice president, chief commercial & strategy officer Peyton Howell recently received the honor of HBA Luminary and is very supportive of HBA membership within Parexel International. Thank you for this recognition and the opportunities afforded to me to be impactful through the HBA organization, of which I am proud to be a member.”