As workplace misconduct issues and national movements combatting gender biases in the workforce continue to make news, the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) is eager to shine a positive light on healthcare industry leaders who are powerful and effective advocates for gender parity in the workplace. The HBA announced its 2018 award recipients during a reception at the 36th annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco. Three healthcare executives were recognized as inspirational role models and applauded by industry leaders.
Dr. Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, executive vice president for strategic communications, global public policy and population health and chief patient officer, of Merck & Co., Inc., has been selected as the 2018 Woman of the Year (WOTY); Nick Colucci, chairman and CEO of Publicis Health, is the recipient of the Honorable Mentor award; and Terri Pascarelli, CEO of AIT Bioscience, is recognized with the Strategic Transformation Achievement Recognition (STAR) award.
For the last 18 years, the HBA has honored a volunteer who stands apart as a truly exemplary role model and who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to furthering the HBA’s strategic goals with the Strategic Transformation Achievement Recognition (STAR) award. During her many years of volunteering at the most senior levels of HBA leadership, Terri Pascarelli effectively applied her strategic perspective and business savvy to HBA’s growth and helped set the course and lay the foundation for the organization in place today.
“As passionate advocates of gender parity in the workplace, Julie, Nick and Terri have long advocated for the development and advancement of women in the work environment. Their commitment and the sustained impact they have had is a timely and encouraging reminder—that there are many leaders who create and foster healthy and positive corporate cultures. The HBA is proud to acknowledge each of them and their contributions to advancing gender parity,” said Laurie P. Cooke, HBA CEO.
Terri Pascarelli has held leadership positions in life science companies for over 25 years. She joined AIT Bioscience, LLC as chief executive officer in December, 2014. In her previous role, Terri was vice president, client development, YourEncore, Inc., which is a leading advisory and execution services firm serving 12 of the 15 largest bio/pharmaceutical companies along with leading clients in consumer, nutrition and food.
Terri’s healthcare industry experience ranges across start-up and Fortune 500 firms. Her background includes executive leadership as president and COO of a venture-backed pharmaceutical company and a privately held medical laboratory company in the US. She has held leadership roles in strategy, sales and marketing management, managed markets, R&D and commercial operations roles at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Roche Pharmaceuticals and AstraZeneca.
Terri’s board experience includes founding the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) Indiana chapter (US). She has continued to serve the global HBA board of directors for over ten years. In 2013, Terri was elected to serve as president of the HBA corporate board of directors, a global position. In addition, she is a member of the dean’s advisory board of visitors for the Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Indiana, and is a former board member for the American Heart Association and the United Way.
Terri earned her BS, pharmacy from Rutgers University and holds a MBA from Pace University, NY.
Terri will be honored at the 29th Woman of the Year event at the New York Hilton Midtown on Thursday, 3 May where nearly 2,500 leaders from across the industry will attend. The event will also recognize the HBA Woman of the Year, Honorable Mentor and nearly 100 Rising Stars and Luminaries from across the spectrum of our industry.