Leaders to Convene for Third Annual Symposium

The third annual Zada Cooper Leadership Symposium, presented by the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, will feature influential University and national leaders as well as informative and interactive breakout sessions!  Professional headshots will be offered at no charge. 

May 5, 2018
7:30 am - 8:00 am Registration and Professional Headshots
8:00 am - 1:30 pm Program
Iowa Memorial Union
125 N. Madison Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52242


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 third annual Zada Cooper Leadership Symposium on May 5, 2018, at the Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.  

Keynote Speakers

Sarah White
Sara White, MS, FASHP

Sara J. White, MS and FASHP, currently serves as a faculty member for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Pharmacy Leadership Academy. In 2004, she was an ASHP Foundation Scholar in Residence on Pharmacy Leadership. From 1992 to 2003, White was the director of pharmacy and a clinical professor at Stanford Hospital and Clinics/UCSF School of Pharmacy. Prior to that, from 1972 to 1992, she was an associate director of pharmacy and professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center. White completed a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Oregon State University, Master of Science from Ohio State University and an ASHP accredited Residency at the Ohio State University Hospitals and Clinics. She served as ASHP president in 1996 and received the Harvey A.K. Whitney Award in 2006. She is also a current author and publisher. 


Sarah Gardial
Sarah Gardial, PhD

Sarah Fisher Gardial was named dean of the Henry B. Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa in 2012. Previously, she was the Beaman Professor of Business at the University of Tennessee where her leadership roles included Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, as well as assistant and associate dean in the College of Business Administration. Gardial has served in leadership and volunteer positions for international business school associations, including the MBA Roundtable, the Graduate Management Admissions Council, and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Over the years she has worked with a variety of companies, including Procter and Gamble and Frito-Lay. She currently holds director positions on two corporate boards, and is a frequent speaker for academic, corporate, and non-profit organizations.

Breakout Sessions*

Growing and Planning a Business: Becoming an Entrepreneur
Lisa Ploehn, PharmD, Owner, Main at Locust Pharmacy, Davenport, IA

Balancing it All: How to Succeed with Grit, Resiliency, and Moxie
Nicole Brogden, ’07 PharmD, R, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Iowa College of Pharmacy
Brianne Bakken, ’15 PharmD, R, MHA, Assistant Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy, Milwaukee, WI

Culturally Responsive and Inclusive Health Care
Sherree Wilson, PhD, Associate Dean for Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Young Professionals Panel: Lessons Learned
Amal Ayyoub, BPharm, ’16 PhD, Clinical Pharmacologist, FDA, Washington, D.C. 
Ann Schwemm, ’09 PharmD, ’09 MPH, Clinical Oncology Specialist, Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis, MN
Chayla Stanton-Robinson, ’16 PharmD, ’17 R, Clinical Assistant Professor, Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy, New Orleans, LA
Moderated by CoraLynn Trewet, MS, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, Diabetes Medical Science Liaison, Des Moines, IA

*You will choose two of the four breakout sessions above, upon check-in at the event.


Parking is available at the following public ramps: Iowa Memorial Union and North Campus. Access to the Iowa Memorial Union ramp is on North Madison Street across the street from the east side of the Iowa Memorial Union. Access to the North Campus ramp is at the north end of Madison Street by North Hall.

Hotel Information

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Iowa House Hotel in Iowa City. Call 319-335-3513 to make a reservation and ask for the "College of Pharmacy" room block. Rooms available May 3 - 5 at $134/night.