Zada Cooper Leadership Symposium

April 29, 2023

UI College of Pharmacy
College of Pharmacy Building

Symposium Schedule

  • 7:30 am - 8:00 am
    Registration and Professional Photographs
  • 8:00 am - 8:15 am
    Welcome, Dean Letendre
  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am
    Domer Distinguished Visiting Lecturer: Elizabeth Farrington, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS
  • 9:35 am - 10:25 am
    Session 1:  "Thriving Amidst Chaos"
    Susan Johnson, MD
  • 10:25 am - 10:35 am
    Break, Making Connections, and Professional Photographs
  • 10:35 am - 11:25 am
    Session 2: "Impostors, Pretenders, and Perfectionists—Oh My! "
    Kate CozartMEd, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, BCACP

    Lisa Buss Preszler, PharmD, BCACP
  • 11:30 am - 12:20 pm  
    Session 3: "Lead From Where You Are" Panel
    Panel Moderator: Kelly Hoenig, '04 PharmD, BCPS


    Guadalupe Chavez, ’21 PharmD
    Christine Lawson, ’21 PharmD
    Bibiana Ruiz, ’21 PharmD
    Nicole Therrien, ’20 PharmD

  • 12:20 pm - 1:30 pm
    Optional Lunch and Networking

Keynote Speaker

Elizabeth Farrington

Domer Distinguished Visiting Lecturer

Elizabeth Farrington

Pediatric Pharmacist
New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, North Carolina

Elizabeth Farrington, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, is a pediatric pharmacist at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. She received a BS in pharmacy from the University of North Carolina and a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Kentucky (UK). Additionally, she completed a residency at UK and pediatric fellowship at the University of Iowa.

Farrington's clinical practice is focused on pediatric critical care and general pediatrics. She served on the first BPS Pediatric Specialty Council and served as the organization's vice-chair and chair. She is a fellow of ACCP, SCCM, and PPA. Farrington is board certified in pharmacotherapy, nutrition support, and pediatrics. She has served ACCP as a board of regents member (2010–2013) and is currently president of ACCP.

About the Domer Distinguished Visiting Lectureship:

The College of Pharmacy is grateful to Floyd and Judith Domer, who established the Domer Distinguished Visiting Lectureship in 2019 to support the College's mission by inviting leading experts to speak on specialties, including pharmacy policy, pharmaceutical discovery, leadership development, and entrepreneurship.


About the Zada Cooper Leadership Symposium

Leadership is very much a part of Iowa's healthcare history. Dating back to the early days of pharmacy education, the University of Iowa cultivated pioneers. One of those remarkable leaders was Zada Mary Cooper (1875–1961), who graduated from the UI College of Pharmacy in 1897, and continued as a faculty member until retiring in 1942.

A master teacher, mentor, and innovator, Cooper was one of the founders of the Women’s Section of the American Pharmacists Association, 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 advocated for women in pharmacy, for patients, and to strengthen standards in pharmacy education.

The Zada Cooper Legacy of Leadership strives to:

  • Inspire others to engage and model inclusive leadership;
  • Encourage all healthcare providers to become involved in their profession and community;
  • Increase awareness of current and emerging leadership challenges;
  • Facilitate and promote connections – students, residents, and practitioners to engage in informal conversation with leaders;
  • Inspire participants to reach out to become compassionate and inclusive leaders; 
  • Introduce varying leadership pathways and thoughts on leadership;
  • Collaborate and build diverse networks.
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