athenahealth, Inc., a leading provider of network-enabled software and services for medical groups and health systems nationwide, today announced that Allyson Livingstone, director of diversity and inclusion, and Nancy Abraham, executive director, customer success and operations technology, are being honored by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA). The HBA will proudly convene the industry’s most influential leaders to celebrate the work of Rising Stars and Luminaries and other prominent honorees at the 32nd annual Woman of the Year virtual event, on May 6, 2021.
Allyson and Nancy are proudly being recognized in the Rising Star and Luminary award categories, respectively.
Rising Star: HBA Rising Stars are professionals in the early stages of their career. They represent various sectors of the healthcare industry and are designated by HBA’s corporate partner organizations. The honor recognizes individuals’ outstanding performance, commitment to excellence and valuable contributions to their companies’ success. Rising Stars are inspiring leaders, role models to others, and are celebrated for their vision, dedication, and action.
- Allyson Livingstone, director of diversity and inclusion: As a thought leader responsible for athenahealth’s diversity & inclusion (D&I) strategy, Allyson has enriched the ways that athenahealth builds talented, broadly diverse teams, and fosters a powerful sense of inclusion that helps the company create best-in-class products and services. In 2020, she activated a D&I taskforce to promote an open dialogue on diversity issues, and she works closely with the company’s corporate social responsibility program, athenaGives, to amplify athenahealth’s focus on closing gaps in healthcare equity. In addition, Allyson is an active advisor of the employee resource groups (ERGs) at athenahealth, which serve as a way for staff to participate in different employee-led inclusion initiatives.
Luminary: HBA Luminaries are professionals with more than 20 years of professional industry experience, who serve as role models in their company, actively mentor and sponsor others, and are a shining example of transformational leadership that the organization wants to formally recognize.
- Nancy Abraham, executive director, customer success and operations technology: Also nominated as a Luminary in 2020, Nancy is an active member of the company’s women’s leadership forum (WLF) employee resource group and works to promote women empowerment and growth within athenahealth. She was a contributing member of the team that launched the WLF Mentor program, while also participating as a mentor herself. In addition, Nancy served on the WLF steering committee, providing input on the strategic direction of the forum. Last year, as most employees began working remotely due to the pandemic, as a permanent remote leader, Nancy advised on successful work-from-home strategies to help others adjust to the new normal.
“Allyson and Nancy are both remarkable leaders within athenahealth, and we are incredibly proud of their achievements throughout their time with our organization,” said Fran Lawler, chief human resources officer, athenahealth. “This industry recognition supports their dedication not only to the company’s success, but also to employee development. We look forward to their continued growth and their ability to provide valuable mentorship to their colleagues and use their vision to drive further advancements in the industry.”
athenahealth remains committed to supporting diverse talent development and women in leadership roles. The company’s signing of the Parity Pledge, for instance, is focused on interviewing, hiring, and helping to advance women in corporate leadership; of the 15 executive roles recruited in 2020, 40% of those roles were filled by women. The Parity Pledge has since been expanded to assist the advancement of people of color to corporate leadership roles. Both Allyson and Nancy’s tremendous work has allowed athenahealth to attract more diverse talents to build innovative products and services that can better address equity gaps in healthcare delivery and outcomes.
Also honored at this year’s event will be HBA’s Woman of the Year Dr. Sandra Horning, formerly of Genentech-Roche; the Honorable Mentor Dr. Rod MacKenzie of Pfizer; and the HBA’s STAR Susan Torroella of ArmadaHealth, in addition to Rising Stars and Luminaries.
For updates and more information on the HBA Awards, please visit https://www.hbanet.org/awards.