A record number of outstanding life-science executives are being recognized for their leadership and contributions to their companies.
These women’s roles span myriad disciplines across the healthcare industry as well as a variety of different company types.
We asked this year’s Rising Stars to outline what they believe are the most important leadership qualities and to provide their definition…
The 2008 HBA Rising Stars
Daisy Aguilera, Director, Regulatory Operations, Celgene Corp.
Kathy Almeida, VP, Sales Operations, Publicis Selling Solutions Group
Janel Bonachi, CMP Associate Director, Event Planning, Clinical Connexion
Patricia Bradley, Region Business Director, Novo Nordisk
Allyson Vander Broek, Director, Strategic Channel Development, Schering-Plough Corp.
Dawn Brooks, Ph.D., Director, API Operations, Chemical Product Research & Development, Lilly Research Laboratories
Anna Brune, Senior VP, Client Services, GroupDCA
Maria Canfield, Director, Client Services, Alliance Healthcare Information Inc.
Susan Carey, VP, Finance Director, LifeBrands
Allison Ceraso, VP, Group Art Supervisor, Euro RSCG
Lisete Andre Cleary, Senior VP, Marketing Communications, Vox Medica Inc.
Brandy Colangelo, Medical Reprints Supervisor, Compas Inc.
Susan Eno Collins, M.S., R.D., C.H.E.S., Senior VP, Health Education, HealthEd – The Patient Education Agency
Tara Costello, Account Director, Brand Pharm
Christine Croft, VP, Americas Finance, Cegedim Dendrite
Tamara Cutler, VP Healthcare Services, Stryker Corp.
Christine Damico, Director, Program Development, MannKind
Beth Dean, Director, CNS Marketing, Ovation Pharmaceuticals
Robin DeRogatis, VP, Human Resources, Cephalon
Madeline Duque Dillon, Ph.D., Director, Organizational Development, Daiichi Sankyo Inc.
Caren Dranoff, VP, Group Account Supervisor, Ogilvy Healthworld
Susan Duffy, Senior VP, Management Supervisor, Cline Davis & Mann Inc.
Beth Dwyer, Northeast Regional Director, MEDA Pharmaceuticals
Sarah J.H. Faust, Senior Director, Hospital Marketing, King Pharmaceuticals
Blythe Fichtenholtz, Director, Program Strategy, Convergent Health Solutions, Dowden Health Media
Jennie Fischette, Senior VP, Management Supervisor, Agency Rx
Robin Florio-Casey, VP, Director of Human Resources, LLNS Inc.
Patsy L. Fowlkes, Project Leader, Innovex, Inc.
Tracee Fultz, Senior Manager, International Tax Services, Ernst & Young LLP
Peggy Garella, VP, Group Account Supervisor, PACE Inc.
Jamie Glass, Associate VP,Program Management and Operations, Health and Wellness Education Partners, a division of Health and Wellness Partners
Ellen Gorczyca, Senior VP, Executive Creative Director, Medicus New York
Wendy Gracey, Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Kelly Gratz, President, Blue Diesel, an inVentiv Health Company
Karen Hale, Divisional VP and Associated General Counsel, Commercial Litigation, Abbott Laboratories
Mary Halliwell, Executive Director, Commercial Strategy & Operations Communications, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.
Lisa Hammann, Director, Managed Care Marketing, Genentech Inc.
Pat Hampton, Marketing Solutions, Advertising Sales Department, Elsevier Inc.
Ernestine Harris, Director, Human Resources, GSK Consumer Healthcare-US, GlaxoSmithKline
Kathryn Hearn, Project Director/Department Manager, Print Design Department, Cramer
Sara Hendler, Senior Supervisor, Media Strategies, Communications Media Inc.
Bridget Donohue Herman, Senior Account Supervisor, Flashpoint Medica
Katherine E. Hermans, Executive Director — Global Strategy, Rapamune, Wyeth
Carol Hill, VP, Operations, Motivation Mechanics LLC
Jennifer Janus, VP, Client Services, Big Communications
Fahti Khosrow-Shahi, VP, Brand Management Practice, Campbell Alliance
Elizabeth King, Director, Corporate Communications, JBK Associates
Donna Kiser, Director, Client Services, Medicalliance Inc.
Jeriann Kolton, VP, Human Resources PHCG North America Advertising, Publicis Healthcare Communications Group
Sally Koch Kubetin, Editor of Rheumatology, Editor of Clinical Neurology News, International Medical News Group (IMNG), a division of Elsevier
Tricia Lagan, Account Group Supervisor, Centron
Tatiana Lyons, Senior VP, Account Director, Torre Lazur McCann
Martha Maddock, Account Supervisor, Goble & Associates Healthcare Communications
Adeline Mandel, Senior Account Manager, IMS Health
Jing Marantz, M.D., Senior Medical Director, Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Christine Marsh, VP, Business Analysis, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Melissa M. Masterson, Senior Director, Managed Markets, Par Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Kassy McGourty, VP, Corporate Communications, Ortho Biotech Products LP
Polly Meade, VP, Corporate Operations, TAP Pharmaceutical Products Inc
Sara Michaels, President, Operations Meniscus Ltd.
Ide Mills, Senior VP, Health Education, HealthEd Encore
Heidi Minick, National Sales Director, PDI
Catherine Munera, Ph.D., Biostatistics and Statistical Programming, Purdue Pharma
Meaghan Nelson, General Manager, MBS/Vox, CommonHealth
Rafaela Castro-Neves, Account Supervisor, Wishbone/ITP Inc.
Carol Nowrey, Senior Director, Human Resources, Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Carolyn Oddo, Senior VP, Managing Director, Account Services, Grey Healthcare Group Inc.
Juliane Oliver Pandolfo, Executive Director, Industry Relations, The Kinetix Group
EleAnor Petigrow, Director, Business Development, Chandler Chicco Companies
Dawn Pope, Director, IRB Services & Study Start Up, Copernicus Group IRB
Jennifer Power, Ph.D., Medical Director, Dorland Global Corp.
Charlene Reed, Ph.D., Senior VP, Bench International
Lesley Reynolds, Senior Associate, Fulbright & Jaworski
Dawn D. Rogers, VP, Human Resources, Europe Pharmaceutical Operations, Pfizer Inc.
Shannon Richardson, VP, Spectrum Science Communications
Mary Rose Rogowski, VP, Group Art Supervisor, Saatchi & Saatchi Consumer Healthcare, a division of Saatchi & Saatchi Healthcare Communications
Sheri Rosenblatt, Executive VP, Managing Director, DraftFCB Healthcare
Lindsey Sadoulet, Director, Market Research, ImpactRx Inc.
Alissa Sklaver, Executive VP, Sudler & Hennessey
Allison Sorrentino, Account Manager, BusinessEdge Solutions
Sue Stearney, Senior VP, Account Services, Publicis Meded
Tara Stultz, Executive Editorial Director of Primary Care, Advanstar Medical Economics Healthcare
Nicole Tummarello, VP, Financial Control, Sanofi-Aventis
Mia Umanos, Account Manager, Siren Interactive Corp.
Pamela Van Houten, Director, Global Pharmaceuticals, Tibotec Therapeutics
Sarah Vidal, Product Director, Actemra Brand Team, Roche Pharmaceuticals
Lisa Vranesich, VP, Account Director, Surge Worldwide Healthcare Communications
Leah Warner, Account Director, Palio Communications
Debra Weiss, Senior Director, Global R&D Quality Assurance, Shire Pharmaceuticals
Sandra Wiejowski, Pharm.D., Associate Director, Medical Affairs, Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Gina P. Wilkerson, DVM, VP and Chief Veterinary Officer Veterinary Affairs and Animal Welfare Global Safety Assessment, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP
Lori Williams, Director, Outsourcing Operations, Eisai Inc.
Melinda A. Wilp, VP, Operations and Chief Financial Officer, SARGA Associates
Beth Wymbs, Senior Account Director, Innovex Medical Communications
Jeanne E. Zucker, Senior VP, Strategic Business Development, Infomedics