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2 Things

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-01-12 at 8.43.31 AMI was asked by a reporter recently what I do when I’m faced with covert or overt discrimination in STEM, the workplace, in my career, etc. (And trust me, it’s been far more covert for me, and I still don’t think I’m everyone’s jam because I’m an ambitious woman – which isn’t a popular thing to say – but honest. You all wanted me to keep it real this year – so here it is!)

I do two things.

1. I move forward – I’m not a past-dweller, nor can I change anyone but myself. So, if I’m not someone’s jam, I simply move on and keep on doing my work. I work harder, too. Eventually, I am lucky enough to find people who do get my flavor and who want to collaborate, and then we move forward together, creating win-wins along the way.

What’s that saying? ‘Don’t chase people – do you and your own thing. The right people will show up in your life and stay.’ – Something like that-ish. And I believe that.

2. I make d*mn sure the next generation of girls don’t face these egregious practices – I write books for girls to show them what STEM possibilities include, so they’re aware of the choices and options, regardless of their gender. I coach college students in my rotations to make sure they carry on the profession of pharmacy as men and women who look at each other as perhaps different, but qualified, with an appreciation for differences. I mentor women of all stations, ages, colors and orientations step 1 above, and show them that they create their own nirvanas, rather than waiting for someone else to hand nirvana to them.

That’s all I can do.

Go or No Go on Freebies?

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-01-11 at 6.39.37 PMI had a friend reach out to me this week to help talk her off the cliff of giving her services away for free. So, I thought I’d share my mental rubric for determining whether or not I should give away my goods/services or not. I don’t know if this is “right,” it’s just the way I think before I say yes or no – and frankly, my time is limited, so often my answer is the latter.

1. If I can’t be paid for this service, what other consideration can be in the mix?  So, stuff like networking/big crowds, social media exposure, free ticket registrations, or memberships can be enticing. If the org or person can’t pay you in cash, what are other forms of capital they can provide?

2. Is the consideration worth it to me? If they cough up cash or other consideration, is it enough for you to say yes to? For example, what are you charging per hour? What do you make per hour at your day job? What is your salary per year, broken down by hours? What does one day of vacation from your day job cost you in lost salary? If they aren’t offering you enough of value for whatever you can be making at work, then I probably need to just say no.

3. Is it for a cause that I care about?  If it’s a non profit, they usually have smaller budgets. Do I care about the cause enough to donate to it?

4. Did the person asking do something for me in the past?  This, above all is something I carefully consider. While I don’t have a long memory about irrelevant stuff, (and some relevant), one thing I keep in the vault of my long term memory is who helped me out in the past, and who did not. If a person asking really helped me out when I needed it in the past, I will often say yes – but for the INDIVIDUAL, not the thing/cause they’re asking for.  If the person asking did nothing in the past for me, it’s probably going to be a no again.

And on the flip side – I know that you, my fab 14, aren’t like this – but to some others out there who shall remain nameless: PLEASE STOP ASKING FOR STUFF FOR FREE.

Brain picking sessions and meeting over coffee are borderline offensive to those of us who coach and consult professionally. That’s like asking a day job professional to come in on their day off and work for free. DO NOT DO IT. I pay, heavily, for top tier coaches for myself – and so should you. It’s your life, after all – why not pay someone to help you get to a better place? You pay for your doctor to treat you, you pay for your lawyer to write your contracts, please PAY coaches for their time.

Conversely, if a friend of a friend connects me, I generally will meet with parties interested, but I’m also doing less of that. I just go back to bullet 4 and make the call that way.

It’s not selfish to want to get paid. And I’ll say that goes twice for the ladies out there. You need to make money too – to feed your family, to pay your bills, and to save some for your retirement and a rainy day – there’s nothing wrong with that!

So let’s all vow to STOP giving away our most precious assets of all – our TIME and our KNOWLEDGE – for nothing!

The Inaugural APPE Pharmacy Rotation in Digital Communication, Leadership & Entrepreneurship

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

You asked, dear univScreen Shot 2018-01-11 at 6.23.53 AMerse, we deliver.

Drumroll, please….today we officially announced the inaugural advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) rotation in Digital Communications, Leadership & Entrepreneurship for pharmacy students today for the 2018-19 academic year. This rotation was years in the making, and requested by the pharmacy community at large. We worked hard between the Pharmacy Podcast Network and Pharm, LLC to create a one-of-a-kind experience for students.

I’m excited about this rotation! But it’s not for everyone. We made a video of the APPE here, which includes detailed instructions on how to apply. (A writing sample on the application is strongly encouraged, as well.) We will review applications on a rolling basis.

Good luck to all candidates!

P.S. Here’s an anchor on FAQs:

Online Courses

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-01-10 at 6.42.50 AMIndiana State Pharmacy Law – MPJE Review Course

Just blew that one out of the water with this. Introducing the Indiana State Pharmacy Law – MPJE Review Course! If you’re preparing to take MPJE in Indiana, here’s a course for you. It has my 2016 Indiana State Pharmacy Law book, along with a mock exam, as well as updates from 2014, 15, 16, and 17 legislative sessions.

Screen Shot 2018-01-14 at 10.58.43 AMCertifications for Pharmacists and Healthcare Professionals

This is the course to subscribe to in order to stay up to date on over 200+ professional healthcare, life science and pharmacist certifications now available throughout the universe. It’s tough to keep up with all of them, so let me do the heavy lifting for you. That way, you can focus on which of the 200+ you’ll be pursuing to take your career to the next level.


Screen Shot 2018-01-16 at 9.13.00 PMThe Medical Science Liaison (MSL): A Career Primer for PharmDs, PhDs and MDs

This is a curation of the content I had all over the internet and amazon, but in one place, bundled with a 30 minute coaching session with yours truly after the coursework has been completed. I just did the math, and I’ve been in and around the MSL role now for 20 years. (Has it really been that long? It has!) So, if you’ve been dying to know what it is like to be a MSL, and if the role is right for you, dive in! I’ll even see you on the flip side!

9 Friendly Reminders…From Holly Butcher

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

If you think you had a bad day, go read Holly Butcher’s story. Then, most of your problems, if not all of them, will be reduced.

Her reminders that resonated with me:

1. Live a healthy life.

2. Be grateful for each day.

3. Don’t buy things – buy experiences.

4. Listen to music.

5. Hang with your pets.

6. Give blood.

7. Get into nature.

8. Put down the phone and be present.

And my favorite…

9. Eat the cake.

Thank you, Holly, for the reminders.

Follow Up

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-01-08 at 6.49.31 PMDoes anyone else out there feel like your life consists of 99% follow up, and 1% actual action?

Mondays in particular are like this for me.

It’s borderline stalker-ish, but it’s really the only way to get things done.

That, or chuck the idea.

I’m not a chucker.

To all who follow up – I salute you today. And every day.

APPE in Digital Communication, Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-01-07 at 3.18.47 PMRight now, I’m waiting for a video to upload to YouTube about the aforementioned rotation we’ll be offering for the 2018-19 academic year for pharmacy students. For those of you who might be outside of pharmacy – APPE = Advance Pharmacy Practice Experience.  Students in pharmacy are required to go on several of these APPEs before graduating.

This video is also taking over an hour to upload, but it’s a 23 minute video.

I have a lot of patience, dear internet, because I lived in the era of dial up. Of pong. Of geocities. Of Pac man and table top games. Of real telephones, and of real TV antennae.

All I can say about the rotation at this point is: I wish someone would have offered this type of rotation to me when I was in pharmacy school. Both times. That, and I’ve been a pretty vocal critic of pharmacy schools of late. So, rather than standing around complaining, I decided do something about it, pitch in and help fix what I think is broken in pharmacy schools right now.

More to come here.

Social Media Stuff

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-01-05 at 12.27.18 PMI’m a social media geek – and there are far worse labels than that. I love that we have another communication set of tools by which to share information via social media. So, here are some recents on the topic and resources to learn more – particularly for healthcare professionals.

Pharmacy Podcast, SeniorRx Radio Podcast on Social Media

Facebook live discussion with Amy Stark on what we have planned for 2018 with #SMDames18 (mark your calendars, BTW – it will be the first week of August, most likely 8/3/18). This also contains information on #IN_SM17 Smackdown Awards, and the new book coming, Single Women Entrepreneurs: 5 Years Later!

Chat with Abdul Hakim-Shabazz on Social Mediahere’s the conversation – ’tis the season!

Last but not least – here’s all the places where you and I can connect. From my most favorite to least favorite social media portals:




Twitter:  @PharmLLC   @Yuspie   @ErinLAlbert  @PharmingCareers (the new podcast channel for Pharmacy Podcast)





Facebook: Author page, Single Women Entrepreneurs, STEM Princess Book Series, Multipationals, Law School, Yuspie, The S(He) Says Guide to Mentoring, Plan C, and Pharming Your Career Podcast.

Happy connecting!

The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM: Lesson Planning Contest!

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-01-06 at 9.02.59 AMGot lesson plans?


This year for my company’s charitable efforts, I’d like to give away copies of the #STEMPrincess books. But, I’d love to hear more on how they’re being used in the classroom.

If you’re a kindergarten teacher or up to 4th grade, and you’ve used the #STEMPrincess series in the classroom creatively – shoot me an email and let me know how you used it. The teacher with the most creative use will receive books for more #STEM interaction in the classroom!

We’ll take curriculum ideas until 3/31/18.

BTW – the poster above is also available as a downloadable printable PDF here.

My Least Favorite Month

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-01-06 at 7.32.41 AMStarted this post yesterday, but was derailed by some phone calls. (I know – blowing the NY resolutions already!)

I was challenged by one of the fab 14 to write about my vulnerabilities.

First, I looked it up to see that it basically means “weakness.”

Here’s my first of MANY vulnerabilities: I hate January. It’s my least favorite month. The holidays are over, it’s cold, vacation time is gone, and–did I mention it was cold?

But, I suppose it’s a do-over-reset-button-hitting time.

I’m trying to figure out a way to make January my favorite month. If you have thoughts on how, I welcome them.