2018 Breakthrough Women

2018 Breakthrough Women

The healthcare advertising and marketing sectors have been recognized to have careers in which women leaders can flourish, flexible work schedules exist, and talent is rewarded. That has not always been the case, of course, and there's still much room for improvement.


The 15 women profiled here number among those who have bridged the gender gap in agencies, biopharma, and medtech. They've been recognized as pioneers in the areas of OTC, DTC, and HCP promotion; created some of the industry's most iconic medical advertising; and helped put multicultural marketing on the healthcare map.

Wendy Blackburn | EVP, marketing and communications, Intouch Solutions

Elena Cant | VP, global head of vaccine commercial, Takeda Vaccine Business Unit, Takeda

Neera Chaudhary | Global president, healthcare, Golin

Becky Chidester CEO, Wunderman Health

Kathy Delaney | chief creative officer, Publicis Health

Alisa Lask | VP/GM, aesthetic business unit, Galderma

Nadine Leonard | managing director, Heartbeat

Susan Lodise | SVP, group account director, Publicis

Wendy Lund |  CEO, GCI Health

Genevieve Paquette | Chief Marketing Officer, Board Member, Level Ex

Deborah Profit | VP, Otsuka Information Technology, Otsuka

Meghan Rivera | VP, digital customer engagement, AMAG Pharmaceuticals

Linda Ruschau | Chief Client Officer, PatientPoint

Johanna Skilling | Head of planning, Ogilvy CommonHealth WW

Vanessa Thirion-Cullity | Executive director, US NET marketing, Novartis Oncology

Women to Watch

The MM&M Women to Watch is designed to salute 20 aspiring healthcare commercial and marketing execs who are distinguishing themselves in the mid-stages of their careers. These smart, strong women were chosen based on their unique skill sets and standout performance on behalf of a brand or a campaign or for their organization.

Taylor Bicchieri | account supervisor, Area23

Jacquelyn Bishop | senior product manager, Allergan Marketing

Erin Fitzpatrick | senior director, marketing, Pacira Pharma

Simonne Fuge | account group supervisor, McCann Echo

Anna Maria Garuccio | account supervisor, ghg grey health group

Katherine Hamlet | head of R&D communication, North America, Sanofi

Nicole Hamlin | account supervisor, Butler/Till Health Group

Keri Hettel | SVP, analytics, Razorfish Health

Ericka Higgins | senior director, omni-channel marketing, Novo Nordisk

Anna Klayman | group account director, digital, Pathway

Allegra Mira | group director, analytics and data strategy, Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness

Laura Olenderski | global brand manager, Dentsply Sironoa

Michelle Petroff | SVP, account service and operations, Fingerpaint

Celby Richoux | director of social strategy and planning, Digitas Health

Jennifer Stephenson | senior director, strategic account management, VMS BioMarketing

Luciana Torres | integrated group project supervisor, Concentric Health Experience

Mellisa Vraniskoski | director, opioids portfolio marketing team, Pfizer

Monique Walker | director, digital engagement, AMAG Pharmaceuticals

Jen Werther | director, digital strategy, Ogilvy CommonHealth

Lauren Wilson | senior account executive, Zeno