Saturday, April 29, 2023 from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM CDT
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UI College of Pharmacy
180 South Grand Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52242



UI campus lots closest to the pharmacy buliding, and that are available for parking to the public, include:

UI Field House Lot (Lot 6)
Adjacent to UI Field House, enter from South Grand Avenue.

South Quad Lot (Lot 14)
Behind Slater Hall, enter from South Grand Avenue.


UI College of Pharmacy

Zada Cooper Leadership Symposium 

About the Symposium

The Zada Cooper Leadership Symposium honors a true pioneer: Zada Mary Cooper.

Cooper graduated from the UI College of Pharmacy in 1897 and continued as a faculty member until retiring in 1942. She was considered a master teacher, mentor, and innovator who was inspirational to her students. She advocated for women in pharmacy, for patients, and to strengthen standards in pharmacy education. Cooper is the first-known female pharmacy faculty member in the country and is hailed as the “Grand and Glorious Lady of Pharmacy.”

While other female pharmacists and educators did exist, Cooper stood out as the one who managed to bend societal norms—despite being a woman—to become a prominent figure in the history of pharmacy. “Her influence and service [made Cooper] the most widely known and distinguished woman pharmacist in America” of her time, wrote R.A. Kuever, third dean of the UI College of Pharmacy.

The symposium will kick off with a keynote address by Domer Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Elizabeth Farrington, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS. Please join us on April 29 for this free, impactful event to:

  • Connect with thought leaders in the pharmacy profession
  • Build relationships with colleagues, leaders, and alumni
  • Hear influential leaders share their experiences and expertise
  • Take a professional headshot

Keynote Speaker

    Domer Distinguished Visiting Lecturer
   Elizabeth Farrington, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS
    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 was 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.


Registration and Professional Photographs

Welcome, Dean Letendre

Keynote Address:

Domer Distinguished Visiting Lecturer: Elizabeth Farrington, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS

Session 1: 
"Thriving Amidst Chaos"

Susan Johnson, MD
Past Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Carver College of Medicine, and Associate Provost and Ombudsperson, University of Iowa

Break, Making Connections, and Professional Photographs

Session 2: 
"Impostors, Pretenders, and Perfectionists—Oh My! "

Kate Cozart, MEd, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, BCACP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Clarksville, Tennessee

Lisa Buss Preszler, PharmD, BCACP
PGY1 Residency Program Director, Experiential Pharmacy Program Design and Management,
Continuing Education Course Director, Mayo Clinic Hospital – Arizona

Session 3:
"Lead From Where You Are" Panel

Panel Moderator:
Kelly Hoenig, '04 PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care, Pediatric Dermatology and Allergy Immunology Clinic and 
Residency Program Director, PGY1 Pharmacy, Ambulatory Care, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC)

Guadalupe Chavez, ’21 PharmD, PGY2, University of Utah Health

Christine Lawson, ’21 PharmD, PGY2, UIHC
Bibiana Ruiz Granado,
’21 PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist, Iowa City VA Medical Center
Nicole Therrien, ’20 PharmD, Pharmacist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Optional Lunch


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Holly Lauer, communications coordinator, UI College of Pharmacy in advance at
(319) 353-5626.