Women in Health Economics and Outcomes Research

The ISPOR Women in Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) initiative is open to all ISPOR members who have an interest in the advancement of women in the field—both women and men. Much research has demonstrated that diversity is a business/performance issue not a women’s issue. This initiative seeks to foster diversity in HEOR—with the knowledge that diversity in the field will result in better research and better healthcare decisions.

Women in HEOR Session at ISPOR 2018

Upcoming Events at ISPOR Europe 2019

Join us at ISPOR Europe 2019 on 2-6 November in Copenhagen, Denmark for the leading HEOR conference in Europe and a number of exciting Women in HEOR events.

"Unleashing the Leader Within You"

Monday, 4 November 2019, 12:30 - 13:45

Join ISPOR's Women in HEOR to learn how everyone can unleash the leader within themselves. Special guest speaker Sabine Hutchison, CEO of Seuss+, will share insights on leadership. Shelby D. Reed, PhD, RPh of Duke University and Olivia Wu, PhD of the University of Glasgow will also speak about the Women in HEOR initiative and the evidence on diversity. Grab your lunch in the Exhibit and Poster Hall and join us for a presentation as we outline the initiative’s work to date, expand on leadership skills and growth opportunities, and provide the opportunity for networking with colleagues who seek to advance women’s leadership in HEOR.

"Meet the Women in HEOR Speakers" Networking Reception

Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 18:00 - 19:30

Join Women in HEOR session at the ISPOR booth in the exhibit hall for a networking reception and the opportunity to meet the speakers from that afternoon's session: Sabine Hutchison, CEO of Seuss+; Shelby D. Reed, PhD, RPh, Duke University; and Olivia Wu, PhD, University of Glasgow. 

Women in HEOR "Dine Arounds"

Look for more information to come on additional "Dine Around" dinner events to network one-on-one with colleagues. Currently available "Dine Arounds" include:

Dinner on Monday, 4 November at 19:30
Restaurant: Basalt
Address: Center Boulevard 5, 2300 København S (In the AC Hotel Bella Sky)
Table Leaders: Lou Timlin and Kristina Boye
Reservation Capacity: 8
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Dinner on Monday, 4 November at 19:45
Restaurant: Restaurant Madklubben Vesterbro
Address: Vesterbrogade 62, 1620 København V
Table Leaders: Olivia Wu and Lotte Steuten
Reservation Capacity: 8
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Dinner on Tuesday, 5 November at 19:45
Restaurant: Restaurant BARK
Address: Ørestads Boulevard 114 – 118, 2300 København S (In the Crowne Plaza Hotel)
Table Leaders: Pam Blumberg
Reservation Capacity: 8
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Dinner on Tuesday, 5 November at 20:15
Restaurant: Cofoco
Address: Nørre Farimagsgade 41; 1346 København K
Table Leaders: Shelby Reed and Maureen Rutten-van Molken
Reservation Capacity: 8
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Breakfast on Wednesday, 6 November at 8:00
Restaurant: BM Restaurant
Address: AC Hotel Bella Sky, Center Boulevard 5
Table Leaders: Oresta Piniazhko and Olha Zaliska
Reservation Capacity: 8
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The Vision

The vision for ISPOR’s Women in HEOR initiative is to:
  • Support the growth, development, and contribution of women in HEOR
  • Serve as a catalyst for women’s leadership in the field
  • Offer a platform for ISPOR women to collaborate, network, share, and mentor each other

Women in HEOR conducted and analyzed a survey of the ISPOR membership in November 2018. The results of that survey can be found here.


The Evidence

Considerable research shows that diverse teams and organizations significantly outperform those without diversity. For example, a report by McKinsey & Company showed that:

  • Companies in the top quartile for gender diversity were 15% more likely to have financial returns that were above their national industry median1

The data also show that women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields are underrepresented.

  • Averaged across regions, women accounted for less than a third (28.8%) of those employed in scientific research and development around the world in 20142

Additionally, research indicates that women in STEM earn less compared to men.

  • In the United States, women in computer, engineering, and science occupations were paid an estimated 83% of men’s annual median earnings in 2013.3


How to Get Involved

Join the Women in HEOR LinkedIn Discussion Group

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Attend Women in HEOR Events at the ISPOR Annual and ISPOR Europe Conferences

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Complete the Volunteer Interest Form

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For additional information on the Women in HEOR initiative, please contact us.


1 “Diversity Matters” report; McKinsey & Company.
2 “The Bottom Line: Corporate Performance and Women’s Representation on Boards (2004-2008)”; Catalyst; UNESCO Institute for Statistics, UIS Fact Sheet: Women in Science (2017): p. 2.
3 From “The Bottom Line: Corporate Performance and Women’s Representation on Boards (2004-2008); Catalyst. US Census Bureau, American Community Survey (2013).
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