“What was really neat was how the program allowed me to network with other successful female owners from around the country. I have a group of pharmacists who I have in my network I know want to support me and help me succeed. That’s invaluable,” O’Reilly said.
Jessica Macklin, PharmD, and Jennifer Macklin, PharmD, twin sisters and aspiring pharmacy owners, also got ahead in their careers via networking through both the Women in Pharmacy program and Drug Topics magazine.
“Drug Topics started out this whole thing for us,” Jessica Macklin said. After reading a ‘Women in Pharmacy’ feature article in the magazine in 2011, the Macklins reached out to one of the featured pharmacists, Sonia Martinez. “Sonia connected us to a few people [who were helpful in advancing our careers].”
Then, the sisters won a scholarship from the Women in Pharmacy program. “We had a platform because of the scholarship, and that allowed us to meet a female pharmacy owner. She referred us to Hashim Zaibak, the owner of Hayat Pharmacy,” Jennifer Macklin said.
“Networking is a huge part of pharmacy ownership. For anyone who is interested in it, there are plenty of resources with Cardinal Health,” Jennifer Macklin said.
A year ago, after graduating from Chicago State University, the twins began working at Hayat Pharmacy in Milwaukee, one of Zaibak’s 10 pharmacies.
At Hayat, the Macklins conduct medication therapy management reviews in patients’ homes and at clinics, and provide medication synchronization. “We are at our dream job: working at an independent pharmacy, doing clinical work, and learning about the operations of the company,” Jessica Macklin said.
The Macklins’ ultimate goal is to own their own pharmacy. “We grew up in our family business—an entertainment company. It was rewarding to watch our family run their own show and take care of their own clients,” Jessica Macklin said.