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GUEST COLUMN: WSU Spokane career seminar delivers insights on public policy, health

BY Steve Anderson

 

What happens when student pharmacists discover that their professional path may prove equal parts public health and public policy? After an amazing event on Tuesday at Washington State University College of Pharmacy, we just may find out.
The next generation of pharmacists at the Spokane, Washington campus welcomed a very special guest who – by all accounts – delivered insights that were equal parts informative and inspiring. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) participated in what the college calls its Career Seminar Series. I had the honor of participating with the Congresswoman on the panel, which was moderated by Dean Gary Pollack.

The Congresswoman is one of the nation’s most senior members of Congress, and she has emerged as a true champion of pharmacy issues. As the chair of the House of Representatives Republican Conference, she is the highest ranking Republican woman in Congress. The Congresswoman also serves as the lead House sponsor of the Medication Therapy Management Empowerment Act.

In addition to these authoritative credentials that Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers brought to the discussion, there is no more persuasive of a leader when it comes to communicating the importance of engaging in the public policy arena at the grassroots level.
That proved true throughout the conversation of pharmacy’s enhanced appreciation among government officials; of Congress’ pursuit of policy to foster healthcare innovation; and certainly of the momentum behind pro-pharmacy-care legislation in Congress.
I have no doubt that the student pharmacists left the presentation with a greater appreciation of their ability to shape patient care and public policy alike, and with a true fire-in-the-belly to deliver on their potential. It’s going to be exciting to see what they do with it!

Steve Anderson is the president and CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

 

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NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 6: Dollar General CEO and Chairman Richard W. Dreiling rings the Opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on October 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/NYSE)
NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 6: Dollar General CEO and Chairman Richard W. Dreiling rings the Opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on October 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/NYSE)
NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 6: Dollar General CEO and Chairman Richard W. Dreiling rings the Opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on October 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/NYSE)
NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 6: Dollar General CEO and Chairman Richard W. Dreiling rings the Opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on October 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/NYSE)
NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 6: Dollar General CEO and Chairman Richard W. Dreiling rings the Opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on October 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/NYSE)
NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 6: Dollar General CEO and Chairman Richard W. Dreiling rings the Opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on October 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/NYSE)
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Dollar General leadership rings NYSE bell

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK — In honor of the 75th anniversary of the company’s founding, Dollar General chairman and CEO Rick Dreiling and other senior leaders rang the opening bell Monday morning at the New York Stock Exchange. Joining Dreiling on Wall Street, were COO Todd Vasos; chief merchandising officer David D’Arezzo; CFO David Tehle; EVP global supply chain John Flanigan;  EVP and chief people officer Bob Ravener; EVP store operations Greg Sparks; VP investor relations and public relations Mary Winn Pilkington; SVP/general counsel Rhonda Taylor; senior director investor relations Emma Jo Kauffman; and director corporate events Laura Rutledge.
As the company celebrates 75 years in business and closes in on 12,000 stores, Drug Store News will feature an exclusive, in-depth report profiling Dollar General and its senior leadership in the October 20 issue of DSN.
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Birchbox goes from clicks to bricks

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NEW YORK — Online beauty subscription company Birchbox recently opened its first brick-and-mortar store in Manhattan.

The store leverages the insights and feedback gathered since the company’s launch in 2010 from its more than 800,000 active subscribers.

Personalization through technology and content is at the core of the seamless in-store shopping experience with touchscreens throughout
the store.

Features include:

  • Curated product assortment featuring 2,000 products from 250 brands;
  • A B.Y.O.B. (Build Your Own Birchbox) section where shoppers can hand pick five sample-size products for $15; and
  • A “Try Bar” where customers can experiment.

Beauty services are available for hair, nails and makeup. Click here to read more.

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