ACE Award Goes to Baxter International

Baxter International Inc. Recognized by Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association with ACE Award for Its Baxter Women Leaders Business Resource Group
FAIRFIELD, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) has named Baxter International’s Baxter Women Leaders (BWL) business resource group as the winner of the 2014 HBA ACE award. HBA created the award to recognize corporations’ efforts to strengthen the Advancement, Commitment and Engagement of women’s careers in the healthcare industry.

The ACE Award will be presented to Cathy Skala and Stacie Phillips, co-leaders of BWL, on November 14 at the 2014 HBA Leadership Conference in Chicago.

The first of eight business resource groups established at Baxter, BWL fosters a culture that creates professional growth opportunities for women at all levels and stages in their careers. As captured in the group’s tagline, ”inspire, connect, advance,” one of its main goals is to support an environment that increases education and networking opportunities for women across Baxter while also increasing representation in leadership positions. BWL’s other goals include advocating on behalf of women and engaging in women’s business issues as well as community-related activities.

BWL also provides opportunities for women to develop their skills by taking on leadership roles within BWL itself. By leading a workstream, chapter or special interest group, advocates (members) have the opportunity to lead a group of volunteers and help advance both the goals of the BWL and Baxter. BWL has seen a significant growth in the number of chapters across Baxter’s global operations both nationally and internationally. While BWL’s mission focuses on the development and advancement of women, the group welcomes the support of men, and both women and men are encouraged to become BWL advocates.

Ludwig Hantson, corporate vice president and president of Baxter’s BioScience business, and Jill Schaaf, corporate vice president and president of the company’s Renal business, are BWL’s executive sponsors. BWL has a strong governance model in place that allows for rotation and succession of leadership, as well as consistent contact with several levels of management across Baxter.

”BWL is an important part of the company’s broader commitment to an inclusive culture and a diverse workforce,” Hantson said. ”We believe an inclusive culture and diverse workforce can drive innovation, create trusted partnerships with customers, suppliers and community partners and ultimately, contribute to the success and sustainability of the business.”

”We have made great strides toward developing, leveraging and promoting the capabilities of women at all levels,” Schaaf said. ”The networking events, seminars aimed at building capabilities, community outreach and highlighting the success of our women leaders all support an inclusive culture and help us succeed as individuals and as a company.”

”The HBA is proud to honor Baxter International’s Baxter Women Leaders (BWL) business resource group as the winner of the 2014 HBA ACE award,” said Laurie Cooke, HBA’s CEO. ”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. The HBA serves as a convener supporting companies to learn from each other. By sharing what great looks like, we can inspire companies and achieve more from their gender diversity initiatives.”

A panel of industry leaders and academics judged 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.

Judges for the 2014 ACE award were:

Terri Pascarelli, vice president, client development, YourEncore, Inc. – ACE Award Judging Chair
Shideh Sedgh Bina, founding partner of Insigniam and editor in chief of Insigniam Quarterly – 2014 HBA Woman of the Year
Cameron Durrant, MD, pharma/biotech CEO and board member
Paul Katz, MD, founding dean of the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Kristi Raube, adjunct professor and executive director of graduate programs in health management and international business development at UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business


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