Connecting Your Passion to Purpose

Published on 20 March 2019

On Tuesday, March 5, more than 60 women attended St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s Women in Leadership Dinner hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Student Affairs, Kappa Epsilon and Lambda Kappa Sigma.

This year’s event brought women from all walks of life together to engage in thought-provoking conversations on how to promote change. Attendees celebrated female leaders on campus and discussed how to integrate their personal interests into their careers.

Board of Trustees member Kendra Holmes, B.S. ’99, Pharm.D. ’00, chief operating officer of Affinia Healthcare, delivered the keynote address encouraging attendees to connect their passions to their purpose in life. Holmes highlighted her own professional journey, noting how her passion for helping underserved populations has served as a driving pillar in her career.

The College recognized Holmes with an honorary Outstanding Woman in Leadership Award for her commitment to mentoring fellow females within the profession and her service to the local community through her advocacy for social and economic justice.

Following the keynote address, Alechia Abioye, assistant director of diversity and inclusion, presented the 2019 Outstanding Women in Leadership Awards recognizing six women, who were nominated by their peers, for their character, commitment to service and exemplary commitment to the College’s values.

Recipients included:

  • Amie Brooks, Pharm.D., Interim Director of the Division of Ambulatory Care Pharmacy and Professor of Pharmacy Practice
  • Brenda Walter, Ph.D., Professor of History
  • Kami Hancock, Ph.D., Director of the Writing Center
  • Angela Hill, Catering Manager
  • Meghin Moynihan, P3 Student
  • Joanna Ramos, P3 Student

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