HBA West Chester Salutes First Half 2018 Spark Award Winners

HBA West Chester, a newly established chapter that is part of the HBA Mid-Atlantic region, launched in late January 2018. Our first event was a dine-around held at Teva in West Chester on 28 February. It was a memorable evening for the attendees; an extremely mild winter night in downtown West Chester that featured a sellout crowd with a record number of walk-ins, a delicious buffet dinner and informative program featuring Shelly Donovan leading us through the science of personality. Receiving the very first Spark award for HBA West Chester was Ana Ladino who successfully orchestrated the entire evening. Ana is the director at large of programming for the newly formed HBA West Chester chapter. Ana’s attention to detail, organization and outstanding commitment to making the evening a smashing success did not go unnoticed. Cheers to Ana for blazing the trail for 2018.

At our Spring event focused on negotiating your personal value held at the Concord Country Club on 22 May, we had the pleasure of recognizing two other distinguished volunteers. First, Nidhi Saxena for her leadership in marketing all the programs, speakers and events on the HBA website and social media. Nidhi’s expertise and guidance has been key to getting the word out about the exciting opportunities HBA West Chester is hosting for members and non-members alike. In addition, Nidhi has designed our new HBA West Chester event banner. Hats off to Nidhi for stepping up and taking the director at large of marketing role for HBA West Chester.

Supporting Nidhi on the marketing team is a special volunteer Nicole Skiljo, a brand new HBA member who joined in 2018 who was also recognized for her contributions to the marketing efforts so early in her HBA journey. Nicole stepped into the chapter communications lead role in April and did a tremendous job publishing an interview with Anita Burrell, HBA West Chester president, in addition to planning for marketing June’s West Pharma event. Nicole has effortlessly summarized responses quickly to turn around the monthly newsletter submissions and followed through on every task she leads. Welcome and congratulations to Nicole for jumping right in to make a difference.

On 5 June, West Pharmaceuticals hosted a special event featuring former 2015 HBA Woman of the Year Denice Torres sharing her inspirational thoughts on the “confidence muscle and how to pump it up.” This was another stellar HBA West Chester event where we hosted over one hundred guests almost half of those attending were nonmembers. During the evening, we had the opportunity to recognize another valued volunteer Christina Norris for her commitment and participation on the programming committee. Specifically, her contributions organizing the 22 May event. Christina is a great team player, self-starter and has taken the initiative to get more volunteers from Benchworks involved during the event. Christina has also stepped up to take a leadership role in organizing our October event.

Congratulations to Ana, Nidhi, Nicole and Christine for sharing your time and talent.

The first half of 2018 has been an impressive start for HBA West Chester that would not have been possible without the commitment and contribution of all our volunteers and members. Thanks to all of you for all the awesome things you do for the HBA each day.