Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM CDT
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201 South Linn Street
Second Floor Conference Rooms
Iowa City, IA 52240

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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


Public ramps are available at:

Dubuque Street Ramp
220 S. Dubuque Street, Iowa City, IA  52240
Ramp is adjacent to the Graduate Hotel/hotelVetro and accessible via Dubuque Street.

Capitol Street Ramp
220 S. Capitol Street, Iowa City, IA 52240
Ramp is adjacent to the Old Capitol Town Center and accessible via Capitol and Clinton Streets.


Kayla Sanders 
UI College of Pharmacy

Zada Cooper Leadership Symposium
Using Your Strengths for Success

  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


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 (scroll down to view session topics)
10:35 - 11:20 am, Breakout Session (scroll down to view session topics)
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 (scroll down to view session topics)

Keynote Speaker

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

She spent much of her career serving veterans through the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and has been the recipient of some of the pharmacy profession's most esteemed awards.

Carmichael has taught at several higher education institutions, including the UI College of Pharmacy. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and a Fellow of the American Pharmacist Association. She has authored hundreds of professional papers, book chapters, and research projects and is frequent speaker on progressive pharmacy practice throughout the country. 

Negotiations Workshop (How to Get What You Really Want) 


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. She has authored papers and case studies, published in notable academic journals, and speaks at academic and professional conferences on her topics of research.

Williams produced a unique course offering on Women in Leadership, Negotiation & Entrepreneurship and is co-author of the Four Capabilities Leadership Assessment (4CAP)—an online 360 assessment used by organizations to enhance leadership potential. 

Breakout Sessions

Two breakout sessions will be offered at 9:45 - 10:30 am and 10:35 - 11:20 am. Breakout session topics are listed below. You will choose two of the four breakout sessions on the following registration page (one for each breakout session time).

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-ASP president and Drake College of Pharmacy and Health          
                   Sciences student

Breakout #4: Navigating Dual Career Partnerships:  Negotiation, Planning, and Work-Life Integration

Optional Afternoon Program

Optional additional afternoon programming will include a lunch and networking from 12:30 - 1:15 pm and breakout sessions from 1:15 - 2:00 pm. Breakout session topics are listed below. You will choose one of the three breakout sessions on the following registration page.

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

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!

Additional event information can be found here: pharmacy.uiowa.edu/leadership-symposium.


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Kayla Sanders, Alumni Coordinator, UI College of Pharmacy in advance at (319) 335-8348.