2012 STAR

Nancy LarsenThe Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) today announced that it has awarded Nancy Larsen the 2012 STAR (Strategic Transformation Achievement Recognition). She will be formally recognized at the 23rd annual Woman of the Year (WOTY) event on Thursday, May 3, 2012, the premier event of the year for the healthcare community attended by over 2,500 industry leaders.

The HBA annually honors one STAR who stands apart as a truly engaging volunteer and who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to furthering the advancement and impact of women in healthcare worldwide.

Since 1982 Larsen has demonstrated her commitment to the HBA serving on the board as treasurer and director of membership. She is the only member to be elected HBA president twice, in 1991 and 2003. Her significant contributions to the HBA over the years include an essential role in the development of the ACE award, which recognizes internal leadership programs that perform by advancing, and used her experience and resources to provide guidance for the chapter boards of Atlanta, Chicago, San Antonio and most recently Indiana chapters. Larsen continues to be involved with the HBA Leadership Conference as well as the HBA Metro chapter’s mentoring program.

“I truly believe that membership in and volunteering with HBA is critical to a successful career path for women – as well as men – who work in or provide services to the healthcare industry,” said Larsen. “Over the years, I have been honored to be an HBA volunteer and work side-by-side with some of the industry’s great leaders.”

Along with her commitment to the HBA, Larsen has had an extremely successful business career, with experience that spans pharmaceutical sales and marketing with Searle, Ayerst and GynoPharma. While at Ayerst, she headed the Premarin marketing team and at GynoPharma, led the launch of ParaGard IUD in the US. She held senior positions at two advertising agencies, Sutton and Klemtner, and went on to the position of CEO of PROmedica Communications, leading a staff of 30 in the medical education/CME arena. Larsen also is active in her hometown community of Lafayette, NJ where she volunteers for the Lafayette Preservation Society.

“Nancy’s leadership, commitment, vision and passion have supported the mission of the HBA to further the advancement women in healthcare," said Buket Grau, HBA president and global commercial strategy director at Stryker. “Nancy epitomizes all the qualities of an HBA volunteer leader and we have been honored to work with and learn from her over the years.”

Read Nancy's speech from 2012 WOTY event