HBA Montgomery Corridor Career Tasting Event Recap - Diverse Pathways to Advancing Women Leaders in Healthcare

On 10 May, nearly 40 women from across the I-270 healthcare ecosystem spent an insightful evening tasting careers and cuisine.  

HBA Montgomery Corridor President Janet Makepeace launched the robust program with the HBA’s vision to further the advancement and impact of women in the business of healthcare through gender parity, facilitating career connections and providing effective practices in healthcare in the growing bio-health Montgomery Corridor.   

At the heart of the program was a dual track, science and business rotation where six leading healthcare executives, scientific leaders and entrepreneurs passionately shared their career journeys, focused on key career decisions, inflection points and lessons learned, followed by an engaging Q&A period.

As a tribute to the quality of HBA programming and richness of the Montgomery Corridor talent pool, each track featured a functional diversity of experiences.

Science track:

  • Srujana Cherukuri, CEO Nobel Life Sciences
  • Ofelia Olivero, branch chief, National Cancer Institute
  • Judith Hsia, executive director, clinical research, AstraZeneca

Business track:

  • Reka Shinkle, VP, communications and portfolio planning, Regenixbio
  • Lindsey Tricket, VP, investor relations, Intellia Therapeutics
  • Rajni Samavedam, principal director, BoozAllen Hamilton

Speakers pictured left to right: Lily Serge (programming DAL), Srujana Cherukuri, Rajni Samavedam, Ofelia Olivero, Judith Hsia, Sandra Martinez and Reka Shinkle. Not pictured: Lindsey Trickett.  

Following the career tasting rotations, participants benefited from an interactive presentation by Sandra Martinez, president, Fenix Leadership & Development entitled “Advocacy & Inquiry: Accelerating Career Advancement of Women through the Power of Polarities”.

Participant survey feedback praised the creative forum for making new career connections and valued learning from others’ experience. A fun and informative evening for women in different career stages to gain advice and input into decision making and career navigation with great energy.