The Zada Cooper Leadership Symposium, presented by the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, will feature influential University and national leaders who will inspire you to be your best!  This year's speakers and breakout sessions will focus on the theme, "Using Your Strengths for Success." Professional headshots will be offered at no charge.

May 4, 2019
7:30 - 8:00 am, Registration and Professional Headshots
8:00 - 8:10 am, Welcome: Dean Donald Letendre
8:10 - 9:10 am, Keynote Speaker: Jannet Carmichael
9:10 - 9:30 am, Student Leadership Award Presentations
9:45 - 10:30 am, Breakout Session
10:35 - 11:20 am, Breakout Session
11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Negotiations Workshop: Michele Williams
12:30 - 1:15 pm, Optional Lunch and Networking
1:15 - 2:00 pm, Optional Breakout Session

201 South Linn Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52240


Zada Cooper Leadership Symposium


About the Symposium

Iowa pharmacy is known for its outstanding leaders and innovative thinkers. 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 fourth annual Zada Cooper Leadership Symposium on May 4, 2019, at the hotelVetro in Iowa City, Iowa.  


KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Jannet M. Carmichael
Jannet Carmichael

Jannet M. Carmichael, ’75 BSPh, PharmD, is the president of Pharm Consult NV LLC, a clinical pharmacy services consulting company.

A native of Hartley, Iowa, Carmichael spent much of her career serving veterans through the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). For her first 25 years at the VA, she provided direct care to patients; her clinical practice included award-winning primary care, population management, and outcomes studies programs. In the subsequent decade, she managed the care of 650,000 veterans in Nevada, Northern California and Hawaii as the VISN 21 Pharmacy Executive for the VA Sierra Pacific Network. In March 2017, she retired after 35 years of service to the organization.

Carmichael has been the recipient of some of the pharmacy profession's most esteemed awards. She was chosen as the recipient of the UI College of Pharmacy Osterhaus Medal for Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017, the college’s pinnacle award. She received the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award in 2013, was named the Federal Pharmacist of the Year by the American Pharmacists Association in 2012, and was honored as a UI College of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumnus in 2011. 

She has worked to share her expertise with students, having taught at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, the University of North Carolina College of Pharmacy, and the University of Nevada School of Medicine. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and a Fellow of the American Pharmacist Association. Carmichael has authored hundreds of professional papers, book chapters, and research projects. She is a frequent speaker on progressive pharmacy practice throughout the country.


Michele Williams
NEGOTIATIONS WORKSHOP (How to Get What You Really Want) - Michele Williams

Michele Williams, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Management and Organizations and the John L. Miclot Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Henry B. Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa.

She has taught negotiations to executives, startups, MBAs, and undergraduates at leading schools of management for over 10 years. The research and work of Williams, which began with a focus on Trust and Relationships at work, now intersects with work on Women in Leadership and Entrepreneurship.

Before joining the Tippie College of Business in 2017, Williams was previously a member of the faculty at Cornell University and MIT's Sloan School of Management. She has authored papers and case studies, published in notable academic journals, and speaks at academic and professional conferences on her topics of research. She produced a unique course offering on Women in Leadership, Negotiation & Entrepreneurship and has spoken on this topic at JP Morgan. She is also co-author of the Four Capabilities Leadership Assessment (4CAP)—an online 360° assessment used by organizations to enhance leadership potential. Williams earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Johns Hopkins University, her Master of Arts degree in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her PhD in Organizational Behavior from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

Breakout Session Topics

Two breakout sessions will be offered at 9:45 - 10:30 am and 10:35 - 11:20 am. When registering, you will choose two of the four breakout sessions (one for each breakout session time). Topics include:

Breakout #1: Handling Set Backs and Failures
Breakout #2: Authenticity and Reinventing Yourself
Breakout #3: Hustle and Tenacity: Creating your "X" Factor
                         Featuring Kelli Jo Welter, APhA president and Drake College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences PharmD student
Breakout #4: Navigating Dual Career Partnerships:  Negotiation, Planning, and Work-Life Integration


Optional Afternoon Program

Optional afternoon programming will include a lunch and networking from 12:30 - 1:15 pm and breakout sessions from 1:15 - 2:00 pm. When registering, you will chose one of the three breakout sessions. Topics include:
Breakout #1: Letter of Intent/Cover Letter Writing Workshop
Breakout #2: Roundtable - Topics in Mental Health and Well Being
Breakout #3: Roundtable - Women in Pharmacy Leadership/Networking  

Hotel Information

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at:

201 South Linn Street
Iowa City, IA 52240
Call 319-351-2136 to make a reservation and ask for the "University of Iowa College of Pharmacy" room block. Rooms available May 2-4. Reservation cut-off for the room block is April 5.
$149 + taxes/night

Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
300 East 9th Street
Coralville, IA 52241

Call 319-688-4000 to make a reservation and ask for the "University of Iowa College of Pharmacy" room block. Rooms available May 2-4. Reservation cut-off for the room block is April 11.
$117 + taxes/night