Tennessee Pharmacists Association

The Emerging Leaders Academy is an annual leadership training program involving up to 25 new practitioners in Tennessee. In recognition of its importance to the development of our association’s future leadership, the Tennessee Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation (TPREF) helps to underwrite some of the cost of the program for selected participants.

The program is designed in partnership with the Pharmacy Leadership & Education Institute (PLEI). It utilizes its STAR Framework to help attendees develop leadership skills, enabling personal and professional growth. Through learning the STAR Framework, program participants can look forward to leadership development in several key focus areas: VisionResponse-abilityResults Through OthersGrit, and Integrity.


Program Objectives

The course is designed to have 8 hours of synchronous online discussions. In between the class sessions, students will view a series of 14 videos that will give instruction for introspective “lifework” lessons. Most students spend an additional 6-8 hours on these videos and reflections. The entire Star Framework course is about 15 hours of training.

There are five units of study corresponding to our five points of the star.


During this unit, we’ll discuss the two types of vision leaders must have, describe the natural human tendencies that cloud our vision and create dangerous “blind spots,” and provide practical tools to help you expand both types of vision.


In this unit, we review how individuals unconsciously give away their power to influence the people and circumstances around them and present a simple paradigm to help you recognize when you’re giving your power away and how to take it back.


In the 3rd unit of the course, you’ll learn how people and teams work best when they are “whole and complete,” how breakdowns in integrity commonly occur, and how to prevent such breakdowns.


In the 4th unit, we’ll introduce another framework to help leaders discover the domain in which they’re best positioned to lead and then how to get in that game and stay in it despite the inevitable challenges and setbacks.

Results Through Others

In our final unit, we discuss how great leaders get great results, and specifically how they achieve them by empowering others through a “whole person approach.”


Program Structure

  • In-person kickoff session at the 2024 TPA Summer Meeting in Memphis, TN
    • Thursday, July 18, 2024, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. CT
  • Live virtual sessions throughout the rest of 2024
    • August 14 from 6 – 7 p.m. CT
    • September 25 from 6 – 7 p.m. CT
    • October 23 from 6 – 7 p.m. CT
    • November 20 from 6 – 7 p.m. CT
    • December 4 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. CT 
  • In-person celebration at the 2025 TPA Winter Meeting in Nashville, TN
  • Video lessons (>2 hours)
  • Fourteen separate videos
    • Program participants will go through these lessons individually in preparation for live virtual sessions
  • Live virtual sessions will include facilitation from PLEI’s Mike Negrete, PharmD, and Nancy Alvarez, PharmD, BCPS, FAPhA, along with small group discussions facilitated by the following individuals:
    • Traci Poole, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP — Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Belmont University College of Pharmacy and Chief Operations Officer, Riverside Village Clinic
    • Chasity Shelton, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, BCPPS — Associate Dean for Student Affairs, UTHSC College of Pharmacy
    • Anthony Pudlo, PharmD, MBA, MSHIA — TPA CEO
    • Ariel Clark, PharmD — TPA Director of Educational Affairs
    • Olivia Welter, PharmD — TPA Director of Professional Affairs

Individuals who attend the first in-person session, the final online session, and at least three of the four middle sessions will be eligible to request a certificate of completion.


Program Eligibility

Eligible participants include new practitioners who are within their first 3-15 years of practice and are interested in developing their leadership potential.

TPA welcomes applications from those who represent diversity in race, color, ethnicity, culture, national origin, sexual orientation, age, gender, gender identity, social class, physical ability/attributes, religious or ethical value systems, language, pharmacy practice area, geographic location, and other perspective shaping backgrounds.


Program Application

The TPA Emerging Leaders Academy is a competitive program that includes an application process. A review committee reviews all eligible applications received prior to the submission deadline. Twenty-five participants will be selected to complete the program.

Applications and accompanying CVs are due by 11:59 p.m. CT on April 21. Apply today!


Cost To Participate

The cost per participant for the TPA Emerging Leaders Academy is $450.



Please contact TPA Director of Professional Affairs Olivia Welter or call 615-256-3023 with any questions related to the TPA Emerging Leaders Academy.