Meet Rebecca Vermeulen

Rebecca Vermeulen
Global medical affairs at Roche as head of customer strategy and patient partnership
HBA chapter: San Francisco and Basel
Current role with the HBA: Chair, global board of directors


I volunteer for the united force for change because I believe in supporting women leaders and advancing gender parity. This is an important cause for me and one I dedicate a lot of time to. Advancing women leaders is essential for creating inclusive environments that are open to diverse leadership styles where women leaders are valued and able to advance their careers.

Volunteering has impacted my career by giving me opportunities to meet amazing people and giving me experiences to apply myself in new ways so that I can become a better leader. It has also raised awareness within my company of my commitment to supporting others and facilitated introductions to senior leaders who are also committed to achieving diverse leadership teams.

Volunteering has expanded my network by giving me connections I would never have by only participating in internal events or networks. I have met so many amazing people through these connections. The HBA is a community that is committed to helping others advance and making connections to support personal career interests. It's simply an amazing experience and network.

The most valuable lesson I learned from a fellow volunteer was to value who I am and what I bring to the table. It's not about what I do, it's about who I am as a leader and the experience I have that makes me unique. I have learned to be grateful for what I can bring to others, not critique what I don't have or didn't do.

I applied for my current role with the HBA because I knew I had meaningful experience I could apply having been chapter president for Indianapolis and San Francisco and having mentored in our European region. I really want to make a positive difference and help the HBA expand our influence and impact even further while providing good opportunities for everyone who chooses to volunteer and give their time.

What would be your advice to someone thinking about joining or getting more involved with the HBA?  The more you give, the more you receive. You can always make time for the things you care about.

Follow me as I take over the HBA social media account on 12 April.