Based in Brussels, Belgium, as executive vice president and general counsel of biopharmaceutical company UCB, Anna Richo has more than two decades of experience in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. A recognized industry speaker, Anna Richo is a member of several professional organizations, including the Women Business Leaders (WBL) of the U.S. Healthcare Industry Foundation.
With over 3,000 members in senior executive positions, the WBL of the U.S. Healthcare Industry Foundation was established in 2001 to help its members connect and promote their role in the industry. Comprised of leaders from life sciences companies, insurance providers, hospitals, and a variety of other health-care companies, the foundation offers free and dues-paying membership options depending on how intended member involvement.
Throughout the year, the foundation hosts a number of regional events and webinars, some of which qualify for education credits for the American College of Healthcare Executives. Its largest event, the annual three-day WBL Summit, is designed to provide a place for about 150 members to network and learn about trends and challenges in the industry. Attendance to the Summit is limited to preserve a close-knit atmosphere that encourages networking without being overwhelming. With representatives from across the country, it also gives a complete picture of the industry for members, their customers, and their business partners. Summit speakers are selected based on their relevancy to attendees and are encouraged to focus on executive skill-building to help propel the industry forward.
The next summit is scheduled for March 16-18, 2016. Slated to take place on Amelia Island, Florida, the summit is themed Innovative Leadership and will cover such topics as What Makes a Great Leader? and Are You Driving Change or Is It Driving You?