One way the HBA achieves our mission is through recognition for outstanding individuals and companies via the following awards. These HBA awards are presented at special annual events attracting thousands of participants.

HBA Woman of the Year (WOTY)

The HBA Woman of the Year (WOTY) award honors one senior woman whose accomplishments have resulted in significant contributions to the healthcare industry. She is an inspiration to all because of her leadership style, presence, and savvy. Our WOTY is supportive of the HBA and its mission to further the advancement and impact of women in healthcare worldwide and serving as a catalyst for the leadership development of women in healthcare.

HBA Honorable Mentor

Created in 2001, the Honorable Mentor award recognizes one individual each year who demonstrates long-term support for the advancement of women in the healthcare industry, has a personal dedication to developing, mentoring and promoting women in the industry, and who has been supportive of the HBA’s goals.


In 1999, the HBA established its Star Volunteer award to honor one member who has made a significant commitment and contribution to the association and its members. In 2011 the HBA re-titled the award  STAR: Strategic Transformation Achievement Recognition.

HBA Rising Stars

HBA Rising Stars are professionals in various sectors of the healthcare industry, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, advertising, public relations, medical education and market research, among other fields. Designated by HBA's Corporate Partners, the Rising Stars represent various career stages and disciplines, have noteworthy achievements and proven attention to furthering their careers.

HBA Luminaries

Since the HBA began honoring Rising Stars in 1998, we’ve recognized over 1,000 talented women from our Corporate Partner organizations. 2014 is a very special year for the HBA - it is a year of celebration. The HBA was incorporated 35 years ago and celebrates the silver anniversary of the Woman of the Year event. As a tribute to this milestone and to the women who make this industry shine, we will honor 25 past Rising Stars who have made a significant impact on the healthcare industry and/or experienced significant career advancement since receiving their Rising Star award.

ACE award

The HBA has a long tradition of honoring individual contributions. With the ACE (Advancement, Committment, Engagement) Award, the association formally recognizes corporate initiatives that advance and enhance the careers of women in healthcare-related industries.