Medtech Women@SEMDA Conference Review

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I want to thank everyone who participated in the inaugural Medtech Women@SEMDA Conference last week in Atlanta. As first-time events go, this was the best I’ve ever been a part of! I want to thank everyone who made it such a success, including the members of the Medtech Women@SEMDA advisory board, the programming committee led by Machelle Shields, and Colette Inomata, SEMDA’s Operations Manager. I’d particularly like to thank Tiffany Wilson, Chair of MW@S, whose vision set us on our way!

First, there are a few stats that bear repeating from my earlier blog on the need for Medtech Women@SEMDA. I believe the most telling statistic is that of the top 100 medtech companies worldwide, there are NO female CEOs. Digging further, women account for only 4% of the CEO population and 12% of healthcare industry board directors. This is not because of a lack of talent in the pipeline as 73% of healthcare company managers are female.

Tiffany has summarized the event very well in her blog, so be sure to check it out. I won’t repeat what she said, instead here is my perspective of the event from a general view.

My number one takeaway is that the female medtech talent in the region is outstanding! We had dozens of “bad ass women” at the event making their mark on the industry. In our event alone, I noted many who could run a medtech company right now and many, many more whose future should be in the board room.

Martha Aronson, our closing speaker, could run any company in the world – medtech or otherwise! She’s one of the most dynamic speakers I’ve ever heard. Anywhere. If you have an opportunity to hear her speak, jump at it. Her leadership journey is one that all of us can relate. I sure hope she breaks into the Top 100 companies soon. She’s a difference-maker.

The men were well represented. Our event had about 20% men, something I’m pleased with. I hope to do better at future events, but it’s a good start. I want to note this, because it’s an important reminder that Medtech Women@SEMDA is an initiative for everyone. To change the dynamics in the industry, we need all to be part of the effort, so we strongly encourage men to participate actively.

I can’t say enough about all the people that made this happen. Thanks to everyone who attended. I look forward to seeing you again soon.