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Cardinal Health Wins Healthcare Businesswomen's Award

Oct. 25, 2012

Staff News Editor at Biotech Business Week

The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) is pleased to announce that the Cardinal Health Women's Initiative Network (WIN) is the winner of the 2012 HBA ACE Award. HBA created the award to recognize corporations' efforts to strengthen the advancement, commitment and engagement of women's careers in the healthcare industry. The ACE award will be presented on November 8, 2012, at the 2012 HBA Leadership Conference in Florida (see also Healthcare Businesswomen's Association).

"At HBA, we are delighted that the ACE award is recognizing significant accomplishments of Cardinal Health's WIN in fostering the leadership development of women" said Buket Grau, HBA president. "Cardinal Health's WIN clearly demonstrates a strong commitment to the career advancement of women and their impact on the healthcare industry.

The Cardinal Health WIN fulfills the required criteria for leadership programs that perform, specifically demonstrating excellence in business performance, stewardship, execution, sustainability and measurable results. Cardinal Health proves why internal corporate initiatives that support women are no longer just a "nice to have" - they are "a must" to realize better business results.

The Cardinal Health Women's Initiative Network (WIN) works to foster partnerships that help create a community of support and best practices for its female employees while creating a sustainable advantage for Cardinal Health. WIN is supported by an executive sponsor, steering committee composed of senior leaders from all business segments, an external coach and a dedicated program manager. The network has 2,000 men and women members throughout the company and offers mentor programs in all of its chapters. WIN also partners with highly regarded women's organizations for insight, benchmarking and programming.

"It is an honor to be recognized for our efforts with the 2012 HBA ACE Award. As part of the overall Cardinal Health diversity and inclusion strategy, our Women's Initiative Network has meaningful impact on the development of our leaders. We know that focusing on women and diversity is not only the right thing to do but it is also the smart thing to do - for our customers, our communities and our business," said Mike Kaufmann, chief executive officer of the Pharmaceutical Segment of Cardinal Health.

A panel of industry leaders judged 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.