2016: Quest Diagnostics’ Women in Leadership Initiative | HBA

2016: Quest Diagnostics’ Women in Leadership Initiative

Quest Diagnostics WIL ACE 2016

Quest Diagnostics’ Women in Leadership (WIL) Employee Business Network is the winner of the 2016 HBA ACE award.

ACE (Advancement, Commitment, Engagement) recognizes internal leadership programs that perform by advancing and enhancing the careers of women in their respective organizations.  The award was be presented to Quest Diagnostics on 3 November at the 2016 HBA Annual Conference in St Louis.

At Quest Diagnostics, WIL’s goal is to create a sustainable and competitive advantage for the company by fostering an inclusive community of gender diversity and increasing leadership, educational and networking opportunities for women.   

“Approximately 70% of our employees are women, and Women in Leadership has expanded our talent pool of women leaders who contribute their unique talents, backgrounds and viewpoints to help advance our business,” said Steve Rusckowski, Quest Diagnostics president and CEO.  “WIL is growing our business and contributing to our bottom line.”

“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” said Laurie Cooke, HBA’s CEO. “The HBA serves as a convener supporting companies to learn from each other. By identifying and sharing what great looks like, we strive to inspire more companies to achieve direct corporate benefits 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.

The ACE Award builds on the HBA’s leadership role in recognizing women in the healthcare industry and creating high-profile role models. The HBA Woman of the Year award, which recognizes an outstanding woman in the industry, is presented each May at a luncheon in New York City attended by more than 2,000 industry executives. Also honored at the Woman of the Year event are the Honorable Mentor; the HBA STAR as well as over 100 Rising Stars and Luminaries, top performing leaders at HBA Corporate Partners.