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Signature Event on Advancing Women's Health to be Hosted by Healthcare Businesswomen's Association and

Registration now open for the Women's Health Innovation and Leadership Showcase -- an event fostering provocative discussion, best practice sharing and networking.

NEW YORK - Today, the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) Metro chapter and announced they will sponsor the second Women's Healthcare Innovation and Leadership Showcase (WHILS), following the overwhelming success of the inaugural event in 2013. The showcase will bring together more than 350 professionals and experts from across the healthcare industry to discuss challenges in advancing women's healthcare and share innovative solutions and programs. The event will take place on March 24, 2015, at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. To register for the event, click here:

The showcase will offer curated exhibits profiling groundbreaking ideas and initiatives advancing women's healthcare today, as well as facilitated panel discussions with some of the industry's top thought leaders. Exhibitors and discussion topics will feature: advances in basic and clinical research, optimization of medical practices, improvement of health literacy and behaviors, and expanded access to healthcare. Exhibits will be drawn from across the healthcare spectrum, with representatives ranging from advocacy, academia and clinical practice to pharma industry and payers. The half-day function will include a seated program, as well as two expert panels of industry leaders discussing women's healthcare innovation:

Keynote talk by WHILS 2015 honorary chair: Charting the Future of Women's Healthcare
Nieca Goldberg, MD, medical director of the New York University Langone Joan H. Tisch Center for Women's health

Panel I:   Transforming Health Research and Practice in Women
Panel II:  Empowering Women through Health Literacy and Access

"The 2015 HBA Metro chapter programming theme is about reaching higher, pushing the envelope personally and professionally, and driving the healthcare industry forward" said HBA Metro chapter president, Susan Ostrowski, executive vice president, The Female Health Company. "The Women's Healthcare Innovation and Leadership Showcase is the embodiment of that theme, bringing together leaders in their respective fields, demonstrating the innovations in thinking, treatment, technologies and services that will grow the industry and create a better future for everyone. The collaboration with HealthyWomen allows WHILS to reach a broader audience, enhances the content of the program, and provides for increased business development activity."

"This forum on advancing women's healthcare is a priority endeavor that exemplifies the mission of HealthyWomen and our work in education and advocacy," said Beth Battaglino, CEO and president of HealthyWomen. "It's so important that women have access to the best research, industry experts, knowledge and tools to increase the impact of informed care and create a better sense of health and wellness for themselves, their families and as they share it with their community."

Sponsorship and advertising requests will be received by Lauren Peck at  Exhibitor applications can be processed through the exhibitor application site at the deadline is January 31, 2015, with acceptances being delivered no later than February 6, 2015. If your application is accepted, exhibit fees must be received by February 27, 2015.

For more information on the showcase, visit the HBA Metro chapter website or contact Mary H. Sylvester, chair of the program at

About the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association
The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) is the premier catalyst for the leadership development of women in healthcare worldwide, with the goal to advance the impact of women in healthcare. The HBA has a global membership of over 7,000 with 15 local chapters who deliver leading edge programming. The HBA Metro chapter is the largest chapter, with over 1,650 members in CT, NY and NJ. The HBA provides: networking forums to build relationships; knowledge-sharing and access to thought leaders to broaden perspective; educational programs to develop leadership skills and cutting edge industry knowledge; and recognition of outstanding women and companies to promote visibility of their achievements. The HBA has 100 Corporate Partners. It is widely recognized as the catalyst for leadership development of women in healthcare worldwide. Website:

HealthyWomen partners with organizations, associations and corporations interested in women's health to increase awareness of health and wellness issues. HealthyWomen also regularly conducts national, multi-faceted public education campaigns to promote women's health and well-being and works closely with health care professionals and the media to expand the reach and depth of its public education programs Website:

For more information on the Showcase, visit the HBA Metro chapter website or


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Mary H. Sylvester, PhD, LSSMBB
HBA Metro chapter chair
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
HBA Metro chapter WHILS director
O:  203-798-4501 (no voicemail); C: 972-971-9819

Michelle Sawatka-Fernandez
Director, marketing and business development at
C:  917-428-1321

Lauren Peck
Project manager
Healthcare Businesswomen's Association
C:  908-892-4981

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