The College Hosts Inaugural Women in Leadership Awards Dinner

Published on 16 April 2018

Women across campus gathered on March 27, for the inaugural St. Louis College of Pharmacy Women in Leadership Awards. The special evening, hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Student Affairs and Lambda Kappa Sigma, celebrated female leaders at the College and their contributions to students, their peers and the institution at-large.

“There is something so special about the sisterhood that women build amongst each other,” explained Alechia Abioye, assistant director of diversity and inclusion. “We wanted to host an event that was for women by women to build each other up and recognize the valuable work that we all do.”

Kami Hancock, director of the Norton Writing Center, delivered a keynote speech that highlighted the strength of women and the significant impact strong women made in her life. She encouraged all those in attendance to “be persistent, be present, be grateful and be kind.”

Following the keynote address, Sarah Klucker, director of community education and standards, presented 2018 Outstanding Women in Leadership awards to deserving women in faculty, staff and student categories.

Recipients included:

  • Patty Pieper, first lady of the College
  • Anastasia Armbruster, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice
  • Margaret Weck, associate professor of physiology and director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Shirley Walls, food service shift leader
  • Rebecca Jones, interim vice president for culture and campus life
  • Michele Tucker, P3 student
  • Grace Gomes, P4 student

More than 40 nominations were received from women across campus. Women from varying departments with a variety of titles and job specialties were nominated, confirming the event’s primary message that leadership can be demonstrated by anyone.

“Sometimes we need to be reminded of how impactful we are to those around us,” Abioye explained. “You don’t need to hold a certain title to be a leader or role model for other women. This event is designed to honor women at all levels of authority and in all areas of the College.”

In addition to highlighting the many successes that the honorees have achieved, the event also served as a platform to motivate attendees to become leaders of change within their communities and continue the work that still needs done on behalf of all women.

“You are the leaders I want to follow,” stated Andrea Guimaraes, director of student development and engagement, during her closing remarks. “Thank you for the work you have done and are doing. Especially though, thank you for the work that you will do and the leadership you will provide in the future, because each of you are going to make the world a better place.”

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