The 2022 National Women’s History Month theme, “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” is a tribute to the continuous work of caregivers and frontline workers during the pandemic and an acknowledgement of the countless ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history. Since the beginning of time women have served as healers and worked to transcend suffering and restore wholeness and we took care to honor and celebrate women all month in a variety of ways.
As we celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) and Women’s History Month, our Jazz Association of Women Supporters (JAWs) employee-led Affinity Forum hosted a very special event for our employees featuring Brooke Baldwin, award-winning journalist and author of the book, Huddle: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power.
During this thought-provoking session, Brooke talked to participants about strengthening their individual support systems and she shared meaningful stories of activating the power of women to “break the bias” – the theme for IWD 2022. She shared compelling best practices of harnessing the collective power in your individual network to build stronger bonds, amplify others, collaborate better, and be the best versions of ourselves, together. Brooke shared her personal interactions and stories about how she and hundreds of women have benefitted from the strength and energy they get from huddling. She talked about huddling with women from all walks of life and the power of leaning into our diverse network of women that are friends, colleagues, family, community leaders, and many more on the journey to embracing the possibilities of connecting in a new way and women supporting women.
After hearing from Brooke during this engaging event and facilitating a rich dialogue with her and many from Jazz, we closed out our session with the announcement of distinguished recognition for two of our Jazz colleagues by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) as 2022 honorees in the healthcare industry. Heather Higgins has been recognized as an HBA Rising Star and Patty Moore as an HBA Luminary. Heather and Patty were honored by HBA for their ability to embrace the human element of business in a time of change and shifting dynamics to drive success and spark innovation amid a new era of leadership. Additional information about this well-deserved and notable recognition can be found on the HBA website.
Heather Higgins, HBA Rising Star – Heather has over 20 years of pharmaceutical experience across Sales and Market Access and has continued to grow and evolve in roles with increasing responsibility while raising two children. In her current role as Regional Payer Account Executive, she executes the Market Access Strategy across the Jazz portfolio. She is passionate about diversity, equity, inclusion, and creating a culture of belonging. Heather currently Co-chairs Jazz Association of Women Supporters (JAWs), an employee-led Affinity Forum.
Patty Moore, HBA Luminary – Patty has worked in pharmaceutical research and development for over 25 years. She has successfully advanced in several leadership positions throughout her career while continuously learning and raising five kids. Patty is currently VP, R&D Business Strategy and Operations at Jazz and continues to be an accomplished people leader with an understanding of global dynamics and cultural awareness. She leans into her creative side in pursuit of her mission to live with passion and energy each day for equity and advancement of underrepresented individuals. Patty values respect, authenticity, and accountability.
Both Heather and Patty will be honored during the HBA Woman of the Year event in New York on May 10th.
At Jazz, we believe in the importance of celebrating International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month with awareness-building events and educational opportunities created by our employees, for our employees. With this month’s JAWS event, we had the opportunity to learn about ways to strengthen support systems and activate the power of women to break the bias and work towards gender equality both in our work here at Jazz and beyond.
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