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May 15, 2015
Listen, learn, lead—celebrating women making an impact on the healthcare industry
By: Tom Schwenger

Highlights from the Healthcare Businesswoman’s Association Women of the Year event and opportunities and challenges in today's digital workplace.

I am very fortunate to work alongside bright, passionate people who have a unique way of doing things. We call it—the Accenture Way. Understandably, other leaders in the healthcare industry seem to share my pride within their respective organizations as nearly 2,500 leaders across our industry attend the Healthcare Businesswoman’s Association (HBA) annual Women of the Year (WOTY) event on May 14 in New York City.

This year, Denice Torres, JD, MBA, president of McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a Johnson & Johnson company was selected as the 2015 Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association 2015 Woman of the Year. Stuart Sowder, PharmD, JD, MBA, vice president of external medical communications at Pfizer was named the 2015 Honorable Mentor and Carol Wells, senior director of commercial training and development at Genentech was honored with the 2015 STAR (Strategic Transformation Achievement Recognition) award.

In addition to these leaders, many more were recognized as Rising Stars and Luminaries. My Accenture colleague, Nicole Cohen, a Managing Director based out of our Philadelphia office is among the Luminaries. The luminary award singles out individuals who have made a significant impact on the healthcare industry, serve as a role model for others at their company, actively mentor others, exhibit dedication to the industry and consistently demonstrate exceptional leadership.

As I took the time to learn about the honorees from the event, I realized the amount of time they must take out of their days to dedicate to others. It reminded me of a recent Accenture global survey of 3,600 business professionals- entry-level to management-from small, medium and large organizations across 30 countries, found that while nearly all (96 percent) global professionals consider themselves to be good listeners, the vast majority (98 percent) spend part of their workday multitasking. In fact, almost two-thirds (64 percent) say that listening has become significantly more difficult. While 66 percent of respondents agree that multitasking enables them to accomplish more at work, more than a third say the many distractions prevent them from doing their best.

It is increasingly important for us to learn about the high performers in our industry who are as focused on the healthcare industry as they are on sponsoring and supporting others in their career journeys.

I congratulate all of the honorees at the Women on the Year event, I’ll be listening closely for news on their success in the future.

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