Daria Blackwell Named The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association's 2011 Star Volunteer

Mar 02, 2011, 10:00 ET from Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA)

FAIRFIELD, N.J. March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) today announced that it has named Daria Blackwell, healthcare marketing consultant and former managing partner of advertising agency Sudler & Hennessey Inc., as the 2011 Star Volunteer. She will be formally recognized at the 21st annual "Woman of the Year" (WOTY) Luncheon on Thursday, May 5, 2011 – the premier event of the year for the healthcare community attended by over 2,000 industry leaders.

"I am grateful to be honored by my peers for my contributions to this great organization," said Daria. "I am so proud to be a member of the HBA...and so humbled to be recognized in the presence of so many deserving, high achieving women."

Each year, the HBA honors a star volunteer who stands apart as a truly exemplary role model for others, and who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to furthering the HBA's goals. Daria Blackwell is a highly-regarded expert in strategic marketing to healthcare professionals and patients. Her wide range of specialties include marketing to women and women physicians, and marketing with cultural competence. She was president at both Bozell Global Healthcare and the Knowledge Clinic Inc, and was managing partner of Sudler & Hennessey LLC. Daria's career path includes positions at Roche Laboratories.

Her longstanding volunteer commitment to the HBA has amazing depth and breadth. She has served on both the board of directors and the advisory board. As HBA president in 2004, she led the reorganization of the HBA into an umbrella non-profit corporation with nine chapters and affiliates in the U.S. She expanded the HBA into Europe in 2006.  Daria served as the chapter's past-president in 2008. Daria has been the co-chair of the ACE Award committee in 2007-2008, mentor to HBA's Mid-Atlantic and Europe Chapters, and served on the of the editorial board of the HBAdvantage magazine.

"By expanding into Europe, Daria moved the HBA towards globalization, attracting new talent worldwide to support HBA's mission of advancing women in healthcare," said Deborah Coogan Seltzer, HBA president and life sciences practice member, Spencer Stuart. "Daria epitomizes all the qualities of an HBA volunteer leader in her commitment, vision and passion for our organization."

About The HBA

The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA; www.hbanet.org) is in its fourth decade as a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering the advancement of women in healthcare worldwide.  With 15 chapters and affiliates throughout the U.S. and in Europe, the HBA is headquartered in New Jersey with offices in Philadelphia and Research Triangle Park. The HBA provides educational opportunities for women and men to develop cutting-edge healthcare industry knowledge and leadership skills; recognizes outstanding women and men in the industry; provides opportunities for networking; creates greater visibility for women in the industry; fosters mentoring relationships and serves as a conduit and sponsor for research on career advancement issues. The HBA has over 6,000 individual members and over 120 Corporate Partners.  It is widely recognized as the catalyst for leadership development of women in healthcare worldwide. For more information, visit www.hbanet.org.

SOURCE Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA)