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AdvaMed Women's Executive Network (WEN)

About WEN

The AdvaMed Women’s Executive Network (WEN) is an initiative promoting and cultivating female executive leadership across the medical technology industry. WEN aims to integrate women leaders from member companies into AdvaMed’s work and to support the medical technology industry as its companies emphasize elevating their women executives to senior leadership positions.

Since its official launch in 2014, WEN has grown exponentially, with more than 500 people in attendance at its events and a Leadership Circle consisting of senior women executives from across MedTech.  For AdvaMed Members, we offer a WEN Policy Working Group, which meets via phone on a monthly basis and is creating a best practices and guidelines document for companies interested in furthering gender diversity into the executive ranks within their own organizations.  Are you an AdvaMed MedTech Member and interested in joining the Policy Working Group? Email us here.

2017-2018 Leadership Circle

2016-2017 Leadership Circle

WEN Events

Join AdvaMed for Our 2018 Women’s Executive Network Leadership Conference, June 19 in Minneapolis!

Save the date June 19 for a day-long conference featuring two tracks: A Morning Industry Track will feature discussions and a hands-on workshop focusing on impactful solutions to the most challenging issues facing the medical technology industry today and an Afternoon Leadership Track will feature thoughtful insights from women who are paving the way in business while overcoming diversity obstacles. We hope you can join us for networking and what promises to be an exciting and informative conference. This event is open to both AdvaMed members and non-members. Registration to open soon!

What Can You Expect?

  • A one-day event (June 19) with networking reception the evening prior (June 18)
  • Timely, actionable insights
  • Learn from leading female industry leaders
  • Networking, networking, networking

Join WEN

Everyone is welcome to join WEN and participate in our discussions and networking events. WEN sends occasional emails highlighting female executives making a difference in the industry and also to announce skill-building workshops and other events.   If there are events you'd like to see from WEN in 2017, please send your suggestions to WEN@advamed.org.  We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Sign up today if you’d like to be a part of the WEN community and join our email list to receive proactive updates. You can also join our discussion group on LinkedIn.

 

Corporate Support

If your organization is interested in supporting the Women’s Executive Network, please email us at advamedevents@advamed.org for details on sponsorship opportunities.

Current Corporate WEN Partners include:

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Facts About Women In Industry

In June of 2015, AdvaMed surveyed its member organizations and respondents reported that the #1 greatest obstacles holding women back from senior leadership positions are, “glass ceiling/overt discrimination,” and “lack of sponsorship in the company," with “feeling lost” as the second greatest obstacle. View the complete survey results.

The AdvaMed Women’s Executive Network aims to help tackle these challenges and make change in the industry. 

Additional Facts:

  • Only 12 of AdvaMed’s 250+ member companies are led by women
  • Women constitute only 12% of healthcare industry board directors
  • Women account for 73% of healthcare company managers but only 4% of CEOs
  • Fortune 500 companies with more than 3 women on the Board have 66% higher return on invested capital
  • Fortune 500 companies with more than 3 women on the Board have 42% higher return on sales