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 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 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 was an advocate of women in pharmacy, and later became known as the “grand and glorious lady of pharmacy.”

The Zada Cooper Leadership Legacy Initiative seeks to honor Zada Mary Cooper and her pioneering ideas to bring people together. Be trailblazing, be collaborative, be innovative, be bold, and be involved!

An in-person symposium, or virtual seminar is often featured, and influential leaders share their experiences and expertise on leadership to include varying pathways and overcoming challenges. The symposium offers attendees opportunities to make career-enhancing connections and build their networks.

Zada Cooper Leadership Seminar on May 4 @ 4:00 pm

Featured presentations:

Sandra Leal, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA, CDCES, President, American Pharmacists Association, Executive Vice President, Tabula Rasa HealthCare
"Advocating for Equity: It All Begins with You"
Leal will share her path to leadership and discuss gender equity and the importance of support for underserved communities/access to healthcare. 

Helen Eddy, '82 BSPh, MBA, Director, Polk County Health Department
"Lessons Learned: COVID-19"
Eddy will discuss her leadership journey and COVID-19 lessons learned during the pandemic thus far, including health equity and social determinants and vulnerabilities.

Join Us!

The UI College of Pharmacy is pleased to offer a virtual leadership seminar on May 4, 2021. On behalf of the Zada Cooper Leadership Committee, you are invited to attend the seminar, broaden your knowledge and experience, and honor Zada Mary Cooper’s legacy!

The Zada Cooper Legacy of Leadership strives to:

  • Inspire others to engage and model leadership;
  • Encourage all healthcare providers (practitioners, researchers, students, residents, and academicians) 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 all participants to reach out and become leaders; “Big L,” or “Little L;”
  • Introduce varying leadership pathways and thoughts on leadership;
  • Collaborate and build networks.