The HBA ACE award

2018 ACE award information coming soon. 

The HBA ACE (Advancement, Commitment, Engagement) award recognizes internal leadership programs that perform by advancing and enhancing the careers of women in their respective organizations.

As we move into the second decade of the ACE award, recognizing internal leadership programs that perform by advancing and enhancing the careers of women in their respective organizations, the HBA is thrilled to announce that three ACE awards will be given in 2017.

“One of the key ways the HBA accomplishes our mission to further the advancement and impact of women in healthcare worldwide is by recognizing companies that can serve as role models to others” said Laurie Cooke, HBA’s CEO. “The HBA serves as a convener supporting companies to learn from each other. By identifying and sharing what great looks like, we strive to inspire more companies to achieve direct corporate benefits from their gender diversity initiatives.”

A panel of industry leaders and academics judge ACE Award entrants against five criteria: measurable results and impact on target population; degree to which it supports the overall business; stewardship, or depth of commitment to the program; effectiveness of the execution; and built-in sustainability.

We recognize our 2017 ACE award judges: 
Nancy Santilli, senior global managing director, Global Human Care Systems, Inc. – ACE award judging chair and 2016 HBA chair
Anne Dunn, VP, CCI Consulting, A Career Partners International Firm
Anika K. Warren, PhD, senior associate VP, foundation and corporate relations, Drexel University
David Desch, CHRO, Telerx
Diane Carr, clinical assistant professor in health sciences, School of Technology and Management,State University of New York at Stony Brook

The ACE Award builds on the HBA’s leadership role in recognizing women in the healthcare industry and creating high-profile role models. The HBA Woman of the Year award, which recognizes an outstanding woman in the industry, is presented each May at a luncheon in New York City attended by more than 2,000 industry executives. Also honored at the Woman of the Year event are the Honorable Mentor; the HBA STAR as well as over 100 Rising Stars and Luminaries, top performing leaders at HBA Corporate Partners.

View the 2017 ACE brochure.

Nominations are due June 1.

ACE award information webinar
Learn more about creating a winning submission, Thanks to special guests from Baxter Women Leaders (BWL) business resource group, the 2014 ACE award winning initiative Cathy Skala and Stacie Phillips and moderator and ACE award chair Michelle Radney. Download the slide deck to learn more.

ACE awards overview

The ACE awards will be presented to the winning companies at the 2017 HBA Annual Conference. Representatives from the companies with the winning programs should be present to accept the ACE awards.

The companies are asked to develop a 3-5 minute video before the conference highlighting the program and its participants, which will be shown at the event. The HBA will work with the companies on PR and video requirements.
The winning companies are also invited to submit a poster describing their initiative to be displayed at the 2017 HBA Annual Conference.
The winning companies will also be invited to share their experience as ACE award winners at the 2017 HBA Annual Conference. Each award will be based on the size of the company submitting for the honor:

Small company: revenue up to $25M and/or up to 100 employees
Medium company: revenue $26M - $100M and/or 101 – 1,000 employees
Large company: revenues over $100M and/or over 1,000 employees

Each company that submits an application for the ACE award but is not selected will be granted a debrief consultation covering the company an in-depth consultation sharing the expert judges’ feedback and advice on how to improve the submission for subsequent years. Email your submission to

Payment (if required) should be sent to the HBA on or before the deadline of 1 June 2017. The award submission fee is $1,000 USD for small and medium size companies and $1,500 for large companies. The fee includes an administration/judging fee of $500 and a debrief consultation fee which is waived for HBA Corporate Partner organizations

To assist you in applying for the ACE award for your company’s initiative we have prepared three audio files of ACE submission tips from ACE winners. Click on the link to listen to:

ACE Bayer podcast - Best practices for award submission (MP3)

Ellen Browne, executive director of global IT at Novartis (MP3)

Arisa Batista Cunningham, VP of global diversity at Johnson & Johnson (MP3)

Debbie McCollough, senior director of business innovation at sanofi-aventis (MP3)

If you would like to learn more about the ACE Award process, please contact us