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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 20+ 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.

WEN Events

Upcoming Events:
WEN Events at The MedTech Conference | September 25-27, 2017 | San Jose, CA

AdvaMed's Women's Executive Network Reception (open to all registrants)  September 25, 2017 | 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. | San Pedro Market Square

Please join us for an extra 30 minutes of networking leading up to The MedTech Conference's Welcome Reception.  

CEOs Unplugged: The Future of Leadership in MedTech: Trends of Disruption and Consolidation | September 27, 2017 | 8:15 - 9:00 a.m. | CEOs Unplugged Stage in the Exhibit Hall

This panel will explore emerging trends in the medical technology sector and how leadership will need to change to take advantage of those trends. As new technologies come on the scene, particularly disruptive digital technologies, leaders will need to be even more dynamic and adaptive in their approach. At the same time, the merger and acquisition trend continues to accelerate, often bringing together companies with very different corporate cultures, values and technical expertise. How will current leaders need to change to stay on top of these trends and manage a less traditional workforce? Will these trends create new opportunities for aspiring leaders? 

Erica Rogers, President & CEO, Silk Road Medical 
Lisa Suennen, Managing Director, GE Ventures 
Tamara Syrek Jensen, Director, Coverage and Analysis Group, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

MedTech Meetups

Join us in The Meetup Zone for a series of sector-focused networking discussions throughout the conference.  More information to be announced soon!

To learn more and register, please click here.

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  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 for details on sponsorship opportunities.

Current Corporate WEN Partners include:



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