Pharmacy Education 2024 - Speakers

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Opening General Session

Seeing Around Corners: Leveraging Leading Indicators

Strategic inflection points represent a 10X shift in what is possible in a given environment. If you miss them, your organization can get into big trouble. If you catch them, it can take your organization to new heights. The strategic opportunity is that they often proceed very gradually, at first, which is when, if you are paying attention, you can detect what’s likely to happen. In this session, we’ll explore the nature of inflection points, discuss leading indicators and review the early warnings model as a way of improving your organization’s ability for strategic sensing.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to define strategic inflection points and offer some examples.
  • Why established organizations so often miss seeing them, until it’s too late.
  • How to identify useful leading indicators.
  • How to create a simple early warnings system to use with your own organization.

Rita Gunther McGrath, Ph.D.

Rita Gunther McGrath is a best-selling author, a sought-after speaker, and a longtime professor at Columbia Business School. She is widely recognized as a premier expert on leading innovation and growth during times of uncertainty. Rita has received the #1 achievement award for strategy from the prestigious Thinkers50 and has been consistently named one of the world’s Top 10 management thinkers in its bi-annual ranking. As a consultant to CEOs, her work has had a lasting impact on the strategy and growth programs of Fortune 500 companies worldwide. 

Rita is the author of the best-selling The End of Competitive Advantage (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013). Her new book is Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019). She has written three other books, including Discovery Driven Growth, cited by Clayton Christensen as creating one of the most important management ideas ever developed. She is a highly sought-after speaker at exclusive corporate events around the globe, such as the Global Peter Drucker Forum. 

She received her Ph.D. from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and has degrees with honors from Barnard College and the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.

AACP President

Craig D. Cox, Pharm.D.

Dr. Craig D. Cox is a professor of pharmacy practice and division head for adult medicine. He is also the vice chair of experiential programs at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy (TTUHSC SOP) in Lubbock, Texas, where he has been on faculty for 20 years. He received his Pharm.D. from Washington State University and completed a critical care residency at TTUHSC SOP in Amarillo. Dr. Cox provides clinical pharmacy services on the adult medicine ward at University Medical Center.

He has served as the preceptor for more than 400 students and residents on six-week rotations. He has been elected to national leadership positions with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), including chair of Experiential Education Section, chair of Council of Sections, and chair of Council of Faculties. Each leadership role consisted of a three-year term, with Dr. Cox spending six years on the Board of Directors. 

Dr. Cox has co-led numerous AACP institutes focused on experiential education both in the United States and abroad. He has participated in multiple strategic planning initiatives with AACP, led development of the annual Teacher’s Seminar focused on diversity and inclusion, and chaired the association-wide programming committee that led to major changes to the program selection process. Dr. Cox has a passion in self-discovery and team development. More recently he has led the rollout of the EQi-2.0 (emotional assessment) to all faculty, students, and staff at the School of Pharmacy, while serving as a consultant for other health profession programs at his institution.

AACP President-Elect

Anandi V. Law, B.Pharm., M.S., Ph.D., FAACP, FAPhA

Dr. Anandi V. Law is professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration and associate dean for assessment in the College of Pharmacy at Western University of Health Sciences.

Dr. Law, who joined WesternU in July 1999, earned her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Mumbai, India and her Master of Science in Pharmaceutics and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Administration degrees from The Ohio State University. Dr. Law formerly served as the College’s Pharmacy Practice and Administration Department Chair from 2007 to 2018. She has served on AACP’s Board of Directors as elected Chair of Council of Faculties from 2015 to 2018.

Dr. Law maintains an active research profile focused on practice and payment transformation, health outcomes measurement, and pharmacist roles in improving medication use outcomes. She has several grants, more than 80 peer-reviewed articles, >100 peer-reviewed abstracts and eight book chapters in her areas of interest and several invited talks across the globe. Dr. Law directs an ACCP peer-reviewed Health Outcomes Research fellowship, which has graduated nine fellows since 2003. She was recognized for her sustained and significant research contributions by her University’s Provost’s Distinguished Scholar Award in 2022; and by APhA with a Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences Award in 2023. 

Dr. Law’s teaching includes a Health Systems module, a course in Practice Management, a four-year longitudinal leadership curriculum, and a Stress Management elective involving Meditation, Mindfulness and Yoga. She also runs a telehealth center for the College in a value-based model. In addition to being active in AACP, APhA, ISPOR and CPhA, Dr. Law serves on 2 Editorial Advisory Boards and as an Associate Editor for RSAP. Dr. Law belongs to Rho Chi and Phi Lambda Sigma, was named fellow of APhA in 2013 and is a graduate of ALFP 2010. She is also actively engaged with her local community and heads an NGO focused on improving quality of life for senior citizens.

Additional Conference Highlights

Clinical Science and Trials in Pharmacy – Preparing the Clinical Research and Drug Development Workforce

Monday, July 22

10:30 a.m.-Noon
Join us for a discussion on preparing the diverse, interdisciplinary, culturally competent workforce needed to translate scientific innovation into effective clinical care that reaches all patients. A panel of experts in clinical and translational science will provide a vision of the role of pharmacists in clinical research and how pharmacy schools can train the clinical research workforce.  We will also celebrate the 2024 recipients of the Volwiler Research Award, Paul R. Dawson Award for Excellence in Patient Care and AFPE Mentor of the Year.

Jonathan Watanabe, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Pharmacy Assessment and Quality
University of California, Irvine

Lee Vermeulen, Jr., B.S.Pharm., M.S., FCCP, FFIP
Executive Vice President and CEO
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Terri Smith Moore, Ph.D., MBA, R.Ph., CPH
Vice President, Chief Diversity and Strategy Officer
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy