Pharmacist Influencers

Pharmacy Leaders Who Support #WomenPharmacistDay

Check out what these key pharmacy leaders and influencers have to say about #WomenPharmacistDay!

“Cardinal Health is proud to sponsor the inaugural #WomenPharmacistDay, and to celebrate the meaningful contributions that female pharmacists—across the profession—make to patient care, every day. Since 2011, the Cardinal Health Women in Pharmacy initiative has invested in connecting female pharmacists with the resources and support they need to successfully pursue their dreams of independent retail pharmacy ownership – a move which positions these young women to carry on the community pharmacy legacy at a time when many community pharmacy owners are ready to retire. We are also proud to call some of the nation’s foremost hospital pharmacy leaders part of our team, and also recognize our nuclear, specialty, and all pharmacists for the important work they do. Our commitment to female leadership within healthcare is long-standing, and we sincerely thank the fellow companies, pharmacy schools, pharmacy associations, pharmacy educators, practicing pharmacists and pharmacy students joining us in supporting #WomenPharmacistDay.”

Mike Kaufmann
CEO
Cardinal Health

“LIU is excited to participate and support the first Women Pharmacist Day. We respect and acknowledge all the vital contributions women in pharmacy have made to the profession. We support drawing attention to these accomplishments by highlighting our female faculty and students. LIU in collaboration with Lambda Kappa Sigma will be holding professional events discussing women pioneers in the field of pharmacy.  We also plan to raise awareness on campus about Women Pharmacist Day during some of our Professional Development Programs targeting students.”

Eva Berrios-Colon, PharmD, MPH
College of Pharmacy
Long Island University Arnold & Marie Schwartz

“As Professor and Dean of the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy, I support #WomenPharmacistDay. Female pharmacists have made incredible contributions to this profession across many different areas – including service to patients, advances in practice, advocacy and leadership, research, and many more. These accomplishments should be celebrated. Doing so will encourage today’s students and future pharmacists to make even greater contributions to the profession. The profession of pharmacy and our patients benefit from the different perspectives and approaches that comes with greater diversity among our practitioners.”

Glen T. Schumock, PharmD, MBA, PhD
Professor and Dean, College of Pharmacy
The University of Illinois at Chicago

“We are excited to celebrate the inaugural Women Pharmacist’s Day, where we can take an opportunity to acknowledge, celebrate and support the contributions women pharmacists make to improving the health of individuals through their efforts each day.  We believe that to commemorate this inaugural event, it is important to look both to the past and the historical contributions of pioneering woman pharmacists who have broken new ground across the profession, while celebrating the future and the bright opportunities women pharmacists have as they continue to play critical roles in leadership positions across the continuum of care. ”

Michael J. Avaltroni, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Fairleigh Dickinson University

My personal reflection #WomenPharmacistDay includes Zada Mary Cooper, the ‘grand and glorious lady of pharmacy’ and her extensive influence in the initial decades of the 20th century and Metta Lou Henderson, author of American Women Pharmacists: Contributions to the Profession, a ‘pioneering historian’ deemed by the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy (fellow Arizona alumna and a dear friend). Their stories and those of countless other, well-known, and familiar female names, have made it possible for many women today to contribute meaningfully to the advancement of the pharmacy profession.

During 2017, the presidential officers for ASHP, NCPA, and APhA were women. During 2017-2018, three consecutive presidential officers were women and graced the walls of 2215 Constitution NW in Washington DC — to be one of the three and the ninth woman president out of ten since 1973 is a remarkable, surreal, and humbling experience — reality a little larger than my wildest dream! Oh whatever would the Grand and Glorious Lady think of what is happening nearly a century later, I wonder, I wonder?

My current dream for today is of a tomorrow whereby a need to acknowledge women as a specific group with a special day within our profession is no longer needed because the complexion of the profession reflects a diverse, vibrant array of wildly successful individuals, each lending strength, influence, and value towards expanded opportunities to positively impact patient care within the communities we serve.  I can dream big because of the inspiration I derive from pioneering women before me!

Nancy A. Alvarez, PharmD, BCPS, FAPhA

APhA President 2017-2018

Assistant Dean, Professional, External Relations and Strategy

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Chapman University School of Pharmacy

“As Founding Dean of Chapman University of School of Pharmacy, I support #WomenPharmacistDay. Our school has attained full accreditation on time and on budget because of the contributions of talented women on my senior leadership team, faculty, and staff.  Their collective efforts provide wonderful examples for all of our student pharmacists much like the pioneering women of the profession provided for them.  Our profession is stronger because of the diversity rooted in the past century and is flourishing now and into the foreseeable future.”

Ronald P. Jordan, R.Ph. FAPhA

Dean

Chapman University School of Pharmacy

‘Most of us care. We really do. We care about our lives, for sure, and also about the lives of those around us. We care about poverty and injustice, about orphans and the sick. We care about the folks who live and work alongside us and about what happens in their families, and their hearts, and in their heads. And yet, weighed down by everyday responsibilities – bringing home a paycheck, putting food on the table, shuttling kids around – we question our ability to make a difference.’ (Taken from She Did What She Could, by Elisa Morgan; Alive Communications, Inc. 2009). At the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy, we listen to the female students to speak their needs and their voices. Those who wonder whether or not their actions will make a difference, amongst the exams and co-curricular activities and wondering if they’ll make it to graduation, are encouraged to keep doing what they can to persevere in a supportive environment. On Women Pharmacist’s Day, share with us how you breastfeed throughout the semester and your commute to school, how you stand up for your convictions to keep practicing your faith between classes, how you raise three children and still maintain an excellent academic standing, how your partners help you to make a difference. Students, ask for the resources so we can ensure that these resources continue for you when you become a pharmacist mom. Join the voices of thousands of women who continue to make a difference every day, one life at a time.

Susie H. Park, PharmD, BCPP, FCSHP

Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy

University of Southern California School of Pharmacy

Walgreens is proud to participate in the inaugural #WomenPharmacistDay and to celebrate the achievements of our many women pharmacists at Walgreens. We hope this day will serve as a springboard for discussion about what we can do at Walgreens and in the communities we serve to help our women pharmacists continue to thrive and to recognize their daily contributions. By continuing to value and empower women pharmacists, and their diverse backgrounds, we can profoundly affect the lives of our patients and each other.

–Richard Ashworth

President of Operations for Walgreen Co.

I am very excited to support the inaugural #WomenPharmacistDay!  The impact and accomplishments of women pharmacists—from Elizabeth Gooking Greenleaf to B. Olive Cole to Mary Munson Runge to our 2018 pharmacist graduates–are too numerous to count.  Women pharmacists are integral team members in every possible setting—from those working in collaboration with health professionals, patients, and their caregivers to improve patient outcomes, to those working in a myriad of health care settings (traditional and unconventional), to those investigating and forging new discoveries to improve all aspects of health care, to those serving in regulatory roles to protect the public and ensure patient safety, to those trusted with educating our future pharmacist colleagues in our colleges and schools of pharmacy.  Our women pharmacists contribute to the beautiful diversity of our profession—a profession that is an integral part of current and future patient care and public health.

 

Lynette R. Bradley-Baker, R.Ph., Ph.D.

Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Engagement

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

As a member and President of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, I am honored to celebrate the first annual Women Pharmacist Day.  In the last 20 years, ACCP members have elected eight female presidents, and our Past President (Dr. Marcia Buck), current President and President Elect (Dr. Suzanne Nesbit) are all women.  This demonstrates substantial support for, and confidence in, women in leadership from the ACCP membership.

Everyday women pharmacists improve the health of their patients, advance the practice and science of clinical pharmacy and train and inspire the next generation, while simultaneously balancing home and family responsibilities.  I applaud their current and future accomplishments.  ACCP is committed to advancing women in pharmacy by providing a supportive environment with resources, mentoring, and leadership opportunities.

 

Jill M. Kolesar, PharmD, MS, FCCP, BCPS

President, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, 2017-2018

Professor, College of Pharmacy, University of Kentucky

Director, Precision Medicine Initiatives, Markey Cancer Center

 

ASCP is excited to participate in the inaugural #WomenPharmacistDay! Our mission is to empower pharmacists to promote healthy aging through the appropriate use of medications. We hope to continue recognizing and empowering female senior care pharmacists through ASCP’s new Women’s Leadership Group.

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP

CEO, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP)

Minority Women Pharmacists Association, Inc (MWPA) is excited to participate in the inaugural Women Pharmacists Day. MWPA was founded to support women pharmacists of color who experience disparities and lack of support in the pharmacy industry. Our network of over 5,000 members on Facebook comprises of women from all ethnicities, who support each other professionally, collaborate on projects to give back to the communities we serve, mentor members and make time to have fun. Our organization has six active chapters located in Houston, Atlanta, New Orleans, Dallas, Southeast Florida and Washington DC. Our members are very excited about Women Pharmacist Day and applaud the Steering Committee for making this day a reality.

Renee Lewis Pharm.D CPh

Founder Minority Women Pharmacists Association, Inc

 

“CVS Health is proud to support the inaugural #WomenPharmacistDay. Our company’s nearly 20,000 women pharmacists are leaders and role models for their pharmacy teams, and their unique backgrounds and experiences shape the work they do behind the pharmacy counter. Whether providing trusted counsel to patients, delivering health care services, such as immunizations, conducting medication reviews, or identifying ways patients can save money on their prescriptions, our women pharmacists are on the frontlines of health care and helping our company deliver on its purpose – helping people on their path to better health. Today and every day, we celebrate the many achievements of CVS Health’s women pharmacists.”

Papatya Tankut, Vice President, Pharmacy Affairs, for CVS Health

 

 

“ASHP is extremely pleased to support the inaugural #WomenPharmacistDay. ASHP is committed to supporting women in achieving pharmacy leadership roles at every level and in every practice setting. ASHP’s direction, growth, and success have always been strongly influenced by women in pharmacy beginning with our first CEO Dr. Gloria Niemeyer Francke. Dr. Francke was a pioneer in hospital pharmacy whose contributions to ASHP and the advancement of our profession are invaluable. The efforts of many women leaders over the years in our hospitals and health systems are what make pharmacy the patient-care focused profession that it is today.

ASHP has many resources such as the ASHP Women in Pharmacy Leadership Connect community, interview series, and resource center designed to address the needs of the pharmacy workforce and opportunities for leadership. This is an ongoing priority at ASHP and we are so thrilled to participate in the recognition of the significant impact women in pharmacy make on the bright future of our profession.”

Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., Sc.D. (Hon), FASHP
CEO ASHP

During this inaugural #WomenPharmacistDay, I’m honored to support and acknowledge the important contributions women in pharmacy are making across the profession. Every day women pharmacists are engineering solutions and delivering high-quality care to patients throughout the nation.

 

As a leader in the field of nuclear pharmacy, I especially want to recognize the female nuclear pharmacists who’re preparing and dispensing the time-critical, patient-specific radiopharmaceuticals healthcare providers need to diagnose and treat diseases. I feel a deep responsibility for developing and nurturing the next generation of female leaders in nuclear pharmacy. As a founder of the Curie Women in Leadership fund, I’m working with other female members of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging to help women in nuclear pharmacy expand their network, connect with the resources they need, and become leaders in the field.

 

I firmly believe that encouraging today’s women pharmacists and those of the future will drive greater diversity and inclusion in the profession and allow us to deliver greater value to patients, practitioners, and the community.

 

Tiffany Olson

President

Cardinal Health Nuclear & Precision Health Solutions

 

“At the National Community Pharmacists Association we’re pleased to support the first #WomenPharmacistDay, particularly this month as we honored NCPA’s first female officer and president – Sharlea Leatherwood, RPh, of Kansas City, Mo. – with a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award. Sharlea passed away on Monday, October 1. She was a trailblazer for women community pharmacists, and a genuine role model for us all. We celebrate Sharlea’s accomplishments and those of so many other women pharmacists and, on #WomenPharmacistDay and beyond, we look forward to continuing to support future generations of community pharmacists as they assume leadership roles, continue driving change in health care, and through it all, provide quality care for those in their communities.” 

 

– National Community Pharmacist Association CEO B. Douglas Hoey, Pharmacist, MBA and NCPA Immediate Past President DeAnn Mullins, Pharmacist, CDE, owner of Mullins Pharmacy, WeCare Wellness and the WeCare Diabetes Education Program in Lynn Haven, Fla.

“I am pleased and proud to support the inaugural #WomenPharmacistDay on behalf of the College of Pharmacy at Rosalind Franklin University.  We are part of the first graduate healthcare university in the U.S. named for a female scientist, whose contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA is arguably responsible for the burgeoning field of pharmacogenomics.  It is therefore particularly appropriate for us to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of female pharmacists.  Women pharmacists are leaders in all aspects of the profession, and often initiate, facilitate, and maintain the interprofessional delivery of healthcare.  They positively impact patient care and other professional activities such as teaching, research, and advocacy.  In addition, female pharmacists are outstanding role models and mentors for young women and men pharmacists, and those considering joining the profession.  Their presence and engagement bodes well for the future of healthcare, and we appreciate, applaud, and support all they do.”

 

Marc S. Abel, PhD

Dean and Professor

Rosalind Franklin University College of Pharmacy

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Drake University proudly supports National Women Pharmacist Day, held on October 12. Pharmacy is becoming one of the top career choices for women, and the statistics prove it. From 1983 to 2012, the presence of women in the field has doubled, rising to 54% from 27%.

This year, an impressive 65% of PharmD students at Drake University identify as female. Drake University is also home to the Nu Chapter of Lambda Kappa Sigma, the nation’s oldest professional fraternity which focuses specifically on women in pharmacy. The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is proud to support our Lambda Kappa Sigma chapter and their efforts in promoting the advancement of women in the profession.

To name a few of the countless female leaders who are products of Drake’s Pharmacy programs:

  • Maxine Beatty- Recipient of the Prestigious 2002 Weaver Medal of Honor
  • Melissa Corrigan- First director of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
  • Susan Lutz- Previous IPA President, Pharmacy co-owner, NABP item writer
  • Patty Kumbera- Co-founder of Outcomes and current Chief Operating Officer of Prescribe Wellness
  • Crystal Lennartz- Vice President of Pharmacy for McKesson
  • Kristin Williams- Chief Health Officer for Hy-Vee

These are just a few examples of the women who strive to balance their lives while making a positive impact in their communities each and every day.

Renae Chesnut, EdD
Dean and Professor, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Drake University

As Grand President of Lambda Kappa Sigma, I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this inaugural Women Pharmacists Day! Lambda Kappa Sigma, dedicated to elevating women in pharmacy, has been celebrating the accomplishments of women pharmacists, beginning with our initial chapter at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1913. Because of the vision of our founder, Ethel J Heath, women have been finding their voice in the profession for over 100 years.

I was in one of the last classes at the St Louis College of Pharmacy where women were a minority of the students. My class was 45% women; the class that graduated just as I was beginning my studies was only 25% women. I’ve witnessed the rapid growth of women in this profession, and I can’t say that we always knew where women were going to fit into the job market and the profession. With the leadership programs available in Lambda Kappa Sigma, the way has been made clearer for quite a few of us.  My membership has definitely enhanced my professional career!

It is my hope that women in pharmacy can find that unique group or opportunity that helps them to see where they belong in this grand profession. I’m thrilled to see the progress that women have made, but even more excited to see where we are heading.

 

Christine A Grass, RPh

Grand President, Lambda Kappa Sigma

Clinical Pharmacist, SSM Health DePaul Hospital, Bridgeton, Missouri

“The Pharmacy Podcast Network’s first co-host was Dr Erin Albert, Senior Director of Education with American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. We’re proud to support our women leaders in Pharmacy with the podcast platform reaching more than 70,000+ healthcare professional listeners. This is a critical time in our healthcare system and the leadership of our women pharmacists must continue to grow. The Network is proud to support #WomenPharmacistDay and Pharmacy Moms Group. Our children are watching. As a father of 4 daughters, Women Pharmacists Day is a personal tribute to the future of our daughters being encouraged to become leaders in healthcare.”

Todd S. Eury

Pharmacy Podcast Network, President