Professional Women Across the Country Honored as Industry 'Rising Stars' by the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association

FAIRFIELD, N.J., April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An unprecedented number of professional women will be honored as industry Rising Stars by the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA), at its 19th Annual Woman of the Year award luncheon, Thursday, May 8, at the New York City Hilton. This year's group of 95 Rising Stars is the largest number ever to be recognized by the HBA and reflects both the dramatic increase in the number of HBA Corporate Partners and the expanded role played by HBA in contributing to formal leadership development within the healthcare industry.

"As 2008 HBA Rising Star recipients, each woman has been selected by her company as a healthcare professional who demonstrates exceptional dedication to improving the quality of the healthcare workforce through their action and commitment, and we are proud to have them all associated with HBA," said Elizabeth M. Mutisya, MD, HBA President.

Each year, the HBA invites its Corporate Partners to designate one Rising Star. This year's group of Rising Stars represents professionals at various career stages and disciplines including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, advertising, public relations, medical education and market research, among other fields.

In receiving this designation, the contribution of the Rising Stars to their companies' success is acknowledged by both their companies' leadership and their colleagues. Exhibiting a pattern of excellence through their daily commitment, energy and enthusiasm, Rising Stars all serve as inspiring leaders and role models to others. Through their selection, these professionals are duly recognized for their vision, dedication, and action.

A complete list of the ninety-five 2008 HBA Rising Star award winners is included at the end of this press release or visit for a listing, photo and quote from a representative of each company who nominated a Rising Star.

The award luncheon honors the HBA's 2008 Woman of the Year, Charlotte Sibley, Senior Vice President, Leadership Development, Shire Pharmaceuticals, and HBA's Honorable Mentor, Leonard Kanavy, Vice President, Commercial Operations, Genentech, Inc. Additionally, this year's HBA Star Volunteer award will be presented to Anne Camille Talley, Principal, Health Leaders Consultancy.

About The HBA

The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA; is celebrating its 30th year (1977-2007) as a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering the advancement of women in healthcare worldwide. With 13 chapters and affiliates throughout the United States and Europe, the HBA is headquartered in New Jersey with offices in Philadelphia, PA and Research Triangle Park, NC. The HBA provides educational opportunities for women and men to develop cutting edge healthcare industry knowledge and leadership skills; recognizes outstanding women and men in the industry; provides opportunities for networking; creates greater visibility for women in the industry; fosters mentoring relationships; and serves as a conduit and sponsor for research on career advancement issues. The HBA has over 4,000 individual members and more than 125 corporate partners. It is widely recognized as the catalyst for the professional development and leadership of women in healthcare worldwide.

For further information on HBA or to read more about all the honorees, please go to and click on AWARDS.

List of the HBA's 2008 Rising Star Award Recipients

SOURCE Healthcare Businesswomen's Association