With heavy hearts, WHCE must announce the postponement of the 2020 Woman of the Year Gala. Due to growing concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) and, with the well-being of attendees, sponsors and members as the number one priority, WHCE has decided that rescheduling the event is the only responsible course of action at this time. WHCE will announce the new date shortly. Please be on the lookout then for further news and we look forward to celebrating with you all in the near future.

Attendees will receive a refund of their admission ticket upon request. Attendees also have the option to keep their paid ticket for admission to the event during the fall. Please contact [email protected] if you have additional questions.


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Woman of the Year Gala

Each year, Women Health Care Executives (WHCE) honors a woman whose leadership and contributions to the health care field are exceptional and deserving of recognition. WHCE's Woman of the Year is selected among a distinguished group of Northern California women health care leaders and celebrated at our signature dinner-gala. We will also award two scholarships for young women in the Bay Area who have demonstrated commitment to careers in health care and serving their communities.

The gala brings together 200 Bay Area health care leaders and influencers from key health care organizations. Previous attendees have included: Blue Shield of California, Dignity Health, Genentech, Genomic Health, Home Care Assistance, Kaiser Permanente, Method, Pillsbury, Stanford Health Care, Sutter Health, UCSF, Vocera, and many others.

Event Details 

April 30, 2020  5:30 – 9:00 pm


In addition to helping WHCE fulfill our mission of supporting our members' health care career goals, your sponsorship of WHCE's "Woman of the Year" event provides financial support to our annual scholarship awards: The Lynn Adamson Memorial Scholraship and Undergraduate Scholarship. Additionaly, your sponsorship offer visibility to your organization with key Bay Area health care decision makers and leaders who attend WHCE's annual Woman of the Year dinner-gala. To become a sponsor, please review our sponsorship page here.


About WHCE

WHCE supports a diverse network of women from all healthcare backgrounds in whole person development - promoting each member in their pursuit of professional, personal and service goals. Since 1981, WHCE builds on a proud history of offering members a variety of educational and networking opportunities with a focus on Leadership, Empowerment, Connection, Celebration, Development and Service.

Our members represent: 97 Companies & over 10 Health Care Sectors (hospitals and providers, health plans, tech, law, consulting, biotech, marketing and PR, design, community-based organizations, real estate)

In 2018, WHCE has contributed to empowering women through:

12 programs attended by 400+ attendees

144+ hours of mentorship

$7500 in student scholarships awarded

13 Partnerships with: Stanford Medicine X, Dress for Success, IDEO, Lean in Latinas, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, Dale Carnegie, Women’s Cancer Resource Center, Healthcare Informatics Health IT Summit, California Association of Healthcare Leaders, National Association of Health Services Executives, National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives, Asian Healthcare Leaders Forum and LGBT Healthcare Forum

For questions please contact:
[email protected]

Ida Bezabeh
WHCE President

Leila Shams
WHCE President-Elect

Sarah Foad
Administrative Director