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Women in Pharmacy Event Informs, Inspires

Friday, October 11, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brian Sparks
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TPA Women in Pharmacy

Dozens of women in pharmacy (and men who support them!) gathered in Austin last Friday for TPA's second annual Women in Pharmacy event. Participants enjoyed networking opportunities and learned from six prominent leaders and other successful women in pharmacy from Texas and beyond.

Women in Pharmacy power pose
Women in Pharmacy participants demonstrate the "power pose."

The day began with Allison Benz, R.Ph., executive director of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, presenting statistics about women in pharmacy, noting that they remain underrepresented in leadership roles. Dr. Diane Ginsburg from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy discussed how women can overcome "impostor syndrome," which she said "is most common in women leaders who feel they don't deserve the success they've achieved." Social worker Michelle Zadrozny discussed how self-care is an important part of maintaining balance for women in pharmacy, especially those who juggle responsibilities at work and at home.

 Women in pharmacy network with their peers.
Women in pharmacy network with their peers.

Pharmacist Debbie Platts, now a leadership coach, explained the importance of mentors and sponsors in developing women's pharmacy careers. "A mentor is somebody who provides advice, shares skills and knowledge and experiences with you. It's built on trust," she said. "Sponsors are more of an advocate for you. They are the ones behind the scenes singing your praises and helping you move up. They have influence and can make a difference in your career." Keynote speaker Cindy Pigg, R.Ph., of Cardinal Health shared her career story and noted that the majority of graduating pharmacists today are women. "It is essential for women to lead our industry across all sectors of healthcare," she said. "It's up to us!" Finally, TPA CEO Debbie Garza led a panel discussion of women pharmacy leaders. TPA past presidents Carole Hardin-Oliver and Dorinda Martin were joined by Chantelle Parker to offer words of wisdom and advice as they shared lessons from the front lines.

 Debbie Garza moderates a panel discussion with Carole Hardin-Oliver, Dorinda Martin, and Chantelle Parker.
Debbie Garza moderates a panel discussion with Carole Hardin-Oliver, Dorinda Martin, and Chantelle Parker.

The event was sponsored by Cardinal Health, Pharmacists Mutual, H-E-B, and JWP Coaching. View additional event photos online.

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