2023 UI College of Pharmacy Zada Cooper Leadership Symposium

Apr 29, 2023

07:30 AM - 01:30 PM

180 S. Grand Ave, Iowa City, IA 52242

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Zada Cooper Leadership Symposium

The Zada Cooper Leadership Symposium honors a true pioneer: Zada Mary Cooper. Cooper was considered a master teacher, mentor, and innovator who was inspirational to her students. She advocated for women in pharmacy, for patients, and to strengthen standards in pharmacy education. She is the first-known female pharmacy faculty member in the country and is hailed as the “Grand and Glorious Lady of Pharmacy.”

On April 29, please join us as influential leaders share their experiences and expertise on leadership, provide tools for managing busy schedules, and discuss the imposter phenomenon. You’ll also make career-enhancing connections and build your network. 

Keynote Address:
Elizabeth Farrington
Pediatric Pharmacist
New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, North Carolina

7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m.             
Registration and Professional Photographs

8 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.             
Welcome, Dean Letendre

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.       
Domer Distinguished Visiting Lecturer: Elizabeth Farrington, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS

9:35 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.     
Session 1:  "Thriving Amidst Chaos"
Presenter: Susan Johnson, MD

10:25 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.    Break, Making Connections, and Professional Photographs

10:35 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.   
Session 2: "Impostors, Pretenders, and Perfectionists—Oh My!"
Presenters: Kate Cozart, MEd, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, BCACP, and Lisa Buss Preszler, PharmD, BCACP

11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.   
Session 3: "Lead From Where You Are" Panel
Panel Moderator: Kelly Koenig, '04 PharmD, BCPS 
Guadalupe Chavez, ’21 PharmD
Christine Lawson, ’21 PharmD
Bibiana Ruiz Granado, ’21 PharmD
Nicole Therrien, ’20 PharmD

12:20 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.     Optional Lunch and Networking


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