The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch hosted around 30 female pharmacists at a ‘Leading Women of Pharmacy’ networking event and panel presentation last night
Queensland Branch Committee elect, Lucy Walker, says that the event attracted a range of pharmacists, from students and interns through to pharmacy managers and owners.
“It was wonderful to have so many women attend the first event and share their experiences of working in community pharmacy, while also juggling the demands of ownership and family,” Lucy said.
“The event provided an opportunity to network with likeminded colleagues, and discuss different options to get involved and strengthen our industry.
“We look forward to hosting more of these events in the future and welcome any women who may be interested in getting involved,” Ms Walker said.
Walker was joined on the panel by past Pharmacy of the Year Winner and Owner of TerryWhite Chemmart Samford Karen Brown, and Owner of Kensington Village Pharmacy, Jill Reilly.
“The key takeaways for the evening were for women to have a dream, back themselves and to call on their resources when they need help. It was great to make new connections to enable us to work together and overcome the obstacles we all face in business,” Ms Brown says.
“Each panellist has a different pathway to ownership and where they are today. It was fantastic to hear ‘real world’ stories from other owners, both on the panel, and in the audience and be inspired by their successes,” Ms Reilly says.