Zada Cooper Leadership Symposium

National Leaders to Convene for Leadership Symposium

The Zada Cooper Leadership Symposium, presented by the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, featured speakers from across the U.S. including keynote speaker Susan Winckler, Managing Partner of the Leavitt Partners Washington, D.C. office. Additional information is being released frequently on the event's Facebook page.

April 30, 2016
8:00 am-12:15 pm
Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center

About the Symposium

Iowa pharmacy is known for its outstanding leaders. Nationwide, pharmacists and pharmacy students are fully aware that Iowa sets the bar for pharmacy education, collaboration, and innovation. The truth is that leadership is very much a part of Iowa pharmacy's history. 

Dating back to the early days of pharmacy education, the UI College of Pharmacy cultivated pioneers. One of those remarkable leaders was Zada Mary Cooper (1875–1961), who graduated from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 1897, and continued as a faculty member until retiring in 1942. She was one of the founders of the Women’s Section of APhA, founder of Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and the Rho Chi Society, and secretary of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy from 1922 to 1942. She was an advocate of women in pharmacy, and later became known as the “grand and glorious lady of pharmacy.”

In that spirit of leadership, the college is pleased to present the Zada Cooper Leadership Symposium on April 30, 2016, from 8:00 am-12:15 pm at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.  See the full agenda now!

Keynote and Featured Speakers

Susan Winckler, '92 BSPh, Esq, keynote speaker, is the Chief Risk Management Officer, as well as a lead contributor in the firm’s alliance management and regulatory consulting activities, for Leavitt Partners, a health care intelligence firm. See Winckler's presentation here: Oh, the Places You'll Go! (Susan Winckler)

Lucinda Maine, PhD, RPh, co-closing speaker, serves as Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. As the leading advocate for high quality pharmacy education, AACP works to develop strong academic scholars and leaders, to support excellent professional doctoral and postgraduate degree programs and build relations with key constituency groups both inside and external to the profession of pharmacy. See Sobotka and Maine's presentation here: A Conversation on Pathways to Leadership

Jenelle Sobotka, '87 BSPh, '89 PharmD, co-closing speaker, is Professor and Endowed Chair of Pharmacy Practice at Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy. She is responsible for enhancing the professional leadership and innovative patient care components in the students’ curriculum.  She also teaches in the area of global and national health policy and the role of the pharmacist in self-care. See Sobotka and Maine's presentation here: A Conversation on Pathways to Leadership

Maureen Donovan, PhD, featured speaker, is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Donovan leads a research group involved in the investigation of drug absorption mechanisms. Her research focuses primarily on respiratory drug delivery, with an emphasis on nasal drug absorption and disposition. She has directed over 40 Master of Science and PhD students and visiting scholars. See Donovan's presentation here: The Importance of Mentorship in Leadership Development

Panel Discussion: Learning to Lead

Kelly Brock, '02 PharmD, is the President of KB Pharmacy Solutions, Inc., a healthcare consulting company focused on advancing the profession of pharmacy that she founded in 2010. Her passion for teaching and helping pharmacists expand patient care services is the driving force behind her company’s mission. Along with her pharmacy practice experience, Brock has always had an interest in research and teaching. She has authored professional journal publications related to her work on collaborative working relationships between pharmacists and physicians and documentation of patient care services in community pharmacies. 

Brittany Bruch, '14 PharmD, completed her PGY1 residency with a focus in ambulatory care at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and is currently completing her PGY2 in ambulatory care. Following residency, she will begin her career as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist within the Pulmonary Division of the Pediatric Specialty Clinic at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Victoria Parker is a third-year PhD candidate in the UI College of Pharmacy's Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry program. Her current research focuses on the inhibition of steroid hormone sulfation upon exposure to commonly occurring airborne polychlorinated biphenyls and its potential for altering human adipocyte differentiation. 

Leslie Williams, BSN, MBA, is Director, Founder, President, and CEO of ImmusanT. The company is developing a revolutionary therapeutic vaccine and companion diagnostic technology for treatment of Celiac disease and is expanding the technology to other immune mediated diseases, beginning with T1D. Williams has extensive industry experience in pharmaceuticals, device/equipment and venture capital. As Ventaira President/CEO she transformed the company into a significant player in the pulmonary-drug-delivery market and managed its acquisition. While President and CEO of Ventaira Pharmaceuticals, she was recognized as one of the top 100 leaders in life sciences by PharmaVOICE magazine.