On February 25, 2011 the Academy of Student Pharmacists and the Pacific Pharmacy Alumni Association Board hosted the Inaugural Leadership Evening. The event, sponsored by Target, was held in the DeRosa University Center Ballroom and hosted more than 90 pharmacists and students. Guests enjoyed a five course dinner catered by Bon Appetit while practicing basic dining etiquette following lessons from the Master of Ceremonies, Oska Lawrence.
In addition to dining etiquette, the students were given an opportunity to network with pharmacists in their field of interest for a night of engaging and lively discussion. These fields included academia, hospital pharmacy, community pharmacy, nuclear pharmacy, independent pharmacy, managed care pharmacy, and pharmaceutical industry.
Several of the pharmacists in attendance were alumni and were excited to support the event and share their experiences with students. Among them were Drs. Amir Khan ’98, Neel Prasad ’96, Douglas Hillblom ’78, Nam Nguyen ’08, Edlen Wong ’07, Satinder Sandhu ’85, Ed Rogan ’97, Marisella Guerrero ’98, Bruce Toy ’77, ’81, William Przybyla ’74, Gary DeGuire ’89, and Gary Hamilton ’78. Special guests in attendance included Drs. Donald Floriddia ’71, Ed Sherman, Suzanne Galal, Norah Hamilton ’78, and Target Pharmacy Recruiter Ms. Onna Poeter.
Dr. Khan, Target, Group Pharmacy Leader; Dr. Prasad, Target, Pharmacy Business Partner; and Ms. Poeter delivered the evening’s keynote address on “Impressing the Recruiter.” Their innovative presentation highlighted key points on how professional students should conduct themselves prior, during, and following a job interview in the future. They also introduced students to the concept of developing a set of “Power Stories” to better handle interview opportunities in the future.
At the conclusion of the evening, Pacific Alumni and Donor Relations Coordinator Ms. Sherry McGee ’02 shared with students the role the Pacific Pharmacy Alumni Association (PPAA) Board has played in improving their overall student experience. The PPAA continually supports students through monetary donations and other behind the scenes services that often go unnoticed by students. Her moving anecdotes which relayed the message of what it means to give back to your alma mater as alumni deeply resonated with everyone in attendance.
The feedback concerning the event was overwhelmingly positive. Second year pharmacy student Kimberly Kwan ’12 noted, “I was very impressed by the organization and classiness of the event. It had an element of formality and fun.” This sentiment was shared by one of Ms. Kwan’s colleagues, Emily Tong ’12, “The pharmacists invited to the dinner were definitely top-notch, with lots of great input, great ‘power stories,’ and provided me with a great deal of insight of the pharmacy profession.”
The Academy of Student Pharmacists and the PPAA Board wish to thank Target for the generous sponsorship of the event which made it possible to host the dinner free of charge for all in attendance. They would also like to thank all of the guests who were in attendance for making the event such a success and look forward to hosting the event again next year.
By Oska Lawrence ‘12