Women in Pharmacy Leadership Program

    We created the Women in Pharmacy Leadership Program to build leadership capacity and empower women in pharmacy to achieve their full potential.

    This program has two key components:

    1. Events and networking series
    2. Alumni Mentorship Program

    Events and networking series for pharmacy community

    Two smiling women in a classroomWe are organizing educational sessions, workshops and networking opportunities open to all members of the Waterloo Pharmacy community. Keep an eye on our social media feeds for more news about events in this series. 

    Upcoming events

    • Check back soon for more!

    Past events

    • Program launch - Know Your Role: Reframing the Narrative for Women in Pharmacy Leadership


    Alumni Mentorship Program

    A KPMG Women’s Leadership Study identified confidence building, leadership training, and the ability to network with women leaders as the key elements to expanding women’s leadership opportunities. 

    Our unique program will provide these career-building opportunities for alumni, helping you build on both your educational foundation and your real-world experience in the workforce. You understand the world in which you’re working. You see yourself in a leadership role. Now we want to help you reach those goals. 

    Spaces are limited for the program at this time. As a participant, you will be connected with mentors specifically chosen to help you meet your goals.

    Applications for the program have now closed. Thank you for your interest.


    Why apply?

    Mentees get access to an exclusive program designed to help move them towards leadership goals. In particular, the program includes:

    • one-on-one mentorship with a senior professional 

    • a guided experience catered to your interests and needs 

    • guaranteed tickets to all WIPL workshops and events (see below) 

    • participation in an online network of program participants with access to shared resources, discussions and ongoing connection 

    • a positive and rewarding learning experience for both the mentee and the mentor

    • there is no cost to participating in the program; it is made possible with the support of generous donors 

    The structure of the mentor-mentee relationship will be catered to the needs of the participants; there is no set schedule for regular meetings with your mentor. However, we will provide initial training and guidance to participants to establish appropriate expectations for the relationship, and touchpoints throughout the year to stimulate discussion and connection. 

    Program timeline

    • November 4, 2021: Applications open

    • November 19, 2021: Applications close at 11:59pm EST

    • March, 2022: Mentor and mentee roster finalized

    • April, 2022: program begins

    Program participants will receive guidance from the Waterloo Pharmacy team for one year after the program starts. We hope you will build a lasting connection with your mentor that will carry on beyond this one-year program.

    Who can apply?

    The program is open to alumni who: 

    •  identify as female

    • have specific goals in mind and are ready to actively work towards them 

    • are interested in further developing their leadership skills 

    • graduated from any program at the School of Pharmacy (both undergraduate and graduate level) 

    • practice in any setting or field  

    We recognize that the gender gap is even wider for BIPOC and members of the LGBTQ2S+ community. We acknowledge the additional challenges faced by people in these communities and encourage them to apply to the program. 



    Support the program

    Mentorship support

    Are you interested sharing your expertise? We are currently recruiting mentors for our mentorship program, and mentors will receive specialized training and resources. To learn more, contact program lead, Allison Tario.

    Financial support

    Your support helps deliver the WIPL program. Learn more about why this cause is important to us at our Women in Pharmacy Leadership Fund page.

    About our team

    The WIPL program is led by Prof. Allison Tario and supported by an Advisory Group consisting of  Nancy Waite, Nardine Nakhla, Debbie Ellen, Rosemary Killeen, Kaitlin Bynkoski, Mary Stanley and Andrea Edginton. The content was developed after consultation with alumni of our program, pharmacy professionals and scientists, professionals conducting similar work in other organizations and more.  

    Allison Tario“I’m passionate about this program because it addresses issues that are so prevalent. I’ve seen gender imbalances in the pharmacy profession, been treated differently because I am female, and felt the familiar imposter syndrome and self-doubt that many women feel so often. I’m thrilled to run this program at Waterloo, the place where I studied and where I teach.”

    - Allison Tario, Rx2014 and professor

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    "You can’t be it if you can’t see it. In pharmacy we need to start seeing women as leaders so that future generations of women in pharmacy can also see themselves as leaders."

    - Kelly Grindrod, professor