Stories from Leadership Emphasis Area Graduates

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy offered its first leadership course in 2007. At that time, we also began the development of the Leadership Emphasis Area (LEA). The LEA is a coordinated 18 credit series of didactic, experiential and self-directed coursework aimed at preparing pharmacy students to lead change.

Approximately 10% of U of M pharmacy students graduate having completed the Leadership Emphasis Area.

Using Leadership Skills to Shape Your Work

Colleen Berg FlahertyColleen Berg Flaherty, PharmD
PharmD Clinical Program Manager for Government Programs,
Prime Therapeutics LEA Class of 2009


Communicating a Vision and Educating to Gain Buy-In

Alison KnutsonAlison Knutson, PharmD
Ambulatory Care & Leadership Resident,
Park Nicollet LEA Class of 2010


Putting Pharmacists in the Emergency Department

Arinze Nkemdirim OkereArinze Nkemdirim Okere, PharmD
Assistant Professor
Ferris State University College of Pharmacy
LEA Class of 2010


Leadership: A Process to Learn and Apply

Rachel RootRachel Root PharmD, MS 
Inpatient Operations Manager, Oregon Health and Science University 
LEA Class of 2009


Embracing Leadership During Professional Transitions

 Stacey (Rewitzer) VanSickleStacey (Rewitzer) VanSickle, PharmD
Emergency Department Pharmacist 
LEA Class of 2010



(Learn to) Step Up

 Jonathan E. SchulzJonathan E. Schulz, PharmD
Staff Pharmacist, North Memorial Medical Center
LEA Class of 2011



Prepare for Change

 Ashley (Gray) PhilibertAshley (Gray) Philibert, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Mercy-Unity Hospital 
LEA Class of 2010