Pfizer's Freda Lewis-Hall, MD, pens "Make Your Mark"

Nov 19, 2012, 09:00 ET from Healthcare Businesswomen's Association

FAIRFIELD, N.J., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) is thrilled to announce publication of Make Your Mark by Freda Lewis-Hall, MD, chief medical officer of Pfizer Inc. Make Your Mark contains inspirational leadership lessons gleaned from Dr. Lewis-Hall's remarkable career in healthcare, as well as inspiration gained from her family, mentors and colleagues. Dr. Lewis-Hall's warm, caring and solid leadership lessons will inspire today's female leaders to create a meaningful career for themselves and others.

Dr. Lewis-Hall is a long-time supporter and member of the HBA and was named the 2011 HBA Woman of the Year. "I'm so pleased to have the honor of authoring the first of a series to be released by the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association," said Dr. Lewis-Hall. "The HBA has been an agent of positive growth for many women who have made significant contributions to the advancement of healthcare."

"Freda Lewis-Hall has enjoyed great success throughout her career, advancing to senior-most positions within the companies where she has worked.  However, these are not the achievements that define her. Rather, her passion for healing and building people is what is most outstanding," said Deborah Dunsire, MD, CEO, Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company. "She shares with us and salutes some of the people who have shaped and influenced the luminescent leader she has become. It is a 'must read'."

"For most leaders, the great challenge isn't understanding the practice of leadership. It is practicing their understanding of leadership," says Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times bestselling author of MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There. "In Make Your Mark, Freda Lewis-Hall gives us an impressive case history of leadership lessons learned, effectively applied and taught to the generation to come."

"The HBA envisions Make Your Mark as the start of a series of leadership publications," says Laurie Cooke, RPh, CAE, CEO of the HBA. "This will allow our global membership to share more intimately in the learning and inspiration of some of the senior-most women in healthcare." Dr. Lewis-Hall appeared at the 2012 HBA Leadership Conference in Orlando on November 7, 2012 for a signing event.

Make Your Mark is available from the HBA via the website and through  

About the author Freda Lewis-Hall, MD
Freda Lewis-Hall, MD, DFAPA, is the chief medical officer of Pfizer Inc. Trained as a psychiatrist, she has held leadership roles in academia, medical research, front-line patient care and at global biopharmaceutical companies including Vertex, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Eli Lilly. Prior to her work in industry, she led research projects for the National Institutes of Health and served as vice chairperson of the Department of Psychiatry at Howard University College of Medicine.

In 2010, Dr. Lewis-Hall was appointed by the Obama Administration to the inaugural board of governors for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and in 2012, she was appointed chair of the Cures Acceleration Network Review Board and a member of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) advisory council of the National Institutes of Health. She also serves on the executive committee of the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative and on numerous other boards, including those of Harvard Medical School, Save the Children, The Institute of Medicine's Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation, and the American Heart Association's "Power to End Stroke" initiative.

Dr. Lewis-Hall has been named as one of the nation's 75 Most Powerful Women in Business by Black Enterprise magazine, among the 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Health Care by Black Health magazine and as the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association 2011 "Woman of the Year." In 2012, she received a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Howard University. An advocate for empowering patients through health information, Dr. Lewis-Hall speaks frequently in venues from TEDMED to the Essence Music Festival and appears regularly on the Emmy-winning daytime syndicated show, The Doctors.

About The HBA
The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) 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 throughout the US 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. HBA has over 6,200 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

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