Leadership Development Program

New Practitioners: Elevating Your Career

Originally presented on Tuesday, June 15 2021 at 7:30 PM PST

After graduation, many of us get started in our prospective careers and may sometimes wonder what steps we can take to challenge ourselves. This webinar is for you! 

We discuss board certifications, joining pharmacy organizations, and leadership opportunities. Growth does not and should not stop after graduation. Our very own Dr. Marcus Ravnan, who is a strong advocate for residency and leadership development, will share insight on how to set goals and create opportunities for your careers.

Drs. Annie Ho and Kristen Ward also discuss board certifications and the impact of joining pharmacy organizations post graduation.

I know many of us were very active in clubs and organizations in pharmacy school – and it should NOT stop there! Keep the momentum going and stand out from the crowd like all Phi Delts do 🙂  

New Practitioners: Time for a Career Pivot!

Originally presented on Tuesday, February 23 2021 at 6:30 PM PST

Have you been dreaming of pursuing a different career path, but not sure where to start? Are you a student pharmacist and wondering how you can differentiate yourself as a candidate?

Are you feeling “stuck” in your current position? Are you interested in learning HOW to change your career path? You are not alone! Many of our brothers have found a way to pivot to a different field of pharmacy – and you can too! 

Dr. Ashlee Hayes, an Omicron brother, will lead us through personal branding to help you confidently stand out in a competitive economy. Our very own Alpha Psi brother Dr. Joy Pimentel (“Colgate”) will share her personal journey of her transition from community pharmacy to clinical and industry pharmacy, and how a side hustle may help get things started.

Brotherhood in COVID: Learn About the Vaccine

Originally presented on Monday, December 21 2020 at 7PM PST

Finally, good news. There’s a vaccine!! But wait, what’s mRNA? Need a crash course on biology and immunology? No worries, we have your back! 

Dr. Matthew D’Anis and Dr. Michael Conner will be giving an overview of the vaccine mechanism, development, and our role as pharmacists. They will also discuss how to collaborate with other providers and tips for leadership during this stressful time.

New Practitioners: Finance 102

Originally presented on Thursday, November 5 2020 at 6:30PM PST

Do you wonder if you’re eligible for a Roth IRA? What is this talk about a backdoor Roth-is that legal? What is the difference between a 401, 403b, and 457? It’s never too early to start retirement planning and after this talk you’ll learn why and how you can plan for your future while still taking care of your student loans and rent!  

We’re welcoming back Chase Armer and Daryl Wong, certified financial planners and friends of brother Ed Larimer. We remember feeling overwhelmed by the endless financial decisions we needed to make once we started working. Having the confidence to manage your “adult money” will free you to spend your precious time on the things that you care about!
We’ve taken in your feedback from the 1st webinar and will take a deeper dive into less topics. The focus on this talk will be budgeting strategies (for a mortgage, student loans, personal expenses, etc) and retirement planning.

Chase and Daryl will each present a non-biased presentation for about 30 minutes each. Directly following the presentations, we will open the floor to any finance-related questions you may have. 

While we are on the topic of finance, we wanted to mention an article that Brother Robert Nickell wanted to share with the group! It’s about a pharmacist who paid off his loans/debt in just a few years!
Link: https://www.thescopeofpractice.com/how-one-pharmacist-paid-off-100000-in-student-loans-and-other-debt-in-just-a-few-years

LEADERSHIP 101: “Leading and Managing as a New PIC”

Originally presented on Thursday, August 27 2020 at 6:30PM PST

Are you a Pharmacist-in-Charge (PIC), planning on becoming a PIC, or involved in a management position? Whether we are prepared for it or not, many of us will be put in a management position during our career. This webinar is for those of you curious to learn what it takes to be an effective manager and leader, avoid burnout, thrive with changes, conflict management, policies & procedures, make tough choices, and more.  

Our speaker will be Dr. Michael Conner ’12 who will give a presentation and a Q/A popcorn type discussion afterwards.

Being a PIC can be an extraordinarily stressful career as you are forced to wear many hats, but it can also be a rewarding experience for you and your team(s) as you develop more tools and resources. 

New Practitioners: Finance 101 Webinar

Originally presented on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 6:30PM PST

We want to provide you with tools to navigate financial topics that new practitioners are faced with right out of school- student loans, retirement accounts, and managing your new “adult money!” 

This will be a combination of presentations and discussions. We’re pleased to invite Daryl Wong and Chase Armer, certified financial planners and friends of our brother Ed Larimer to present a non-biased presentation on budgeting and retirement plans. Brother Bess GlinkaCynric Cho, and Annie Ho will discuss managing student loans, including private loans refinancing, IBR, PSLF, and how to pay off debt quickly (< 7 years).

Bess Armstrong (Glinka), PharmD, BCPS, c/o 2012, currently works as an Academic Detailing Pharmacist at VA San Diego to educate providers and teams on various topics including opioid safety initiatives, HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), antimicrobial stewardship, and staffs as a clinical pharmacist in our HIV speciality clinic. On a personal note, her most recent adventure is becoming a new mom to her 9 month old son, Cameron. He inspires her to live in the moment, be more present, and try creative recipes to get those green veggies in!   

Cynric Cho, PharmD, c/o 2012, currently works as an outpatient pharmacist at Kaiser Permanente in Bakersfield, CA. He’s currently working on perfecting his homemade sourdough bread and enjoys spending time with his adorable niece, Charlotte.

Chase Armer is a co-owner of Planned Solutions, Inc., a Sacramento based Financial Planning and Investment Advisory Firm, where he currently acts as a financial planner and is a member of the Planned Solutions Investment Management Committee. Chase holds several professional designations including; Certified Financial PlannerTM Practitioner, Chartered Financial Analyst®, and Enrolled Agent. Chase holds a Doctorate in Business Administration and a Master’s in Taxation from William Howard Taft University, a BA in Economics from California State University, Sacramento, and a Certificate in Personal Financial Planning from the UC Davis Extension. Chase is active with the Financial Planning Association of Northern California where he is a past president and is a contributor to the Sacramento Business Review. Chase has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, working in all areas of financial planning with a special emphasis on Investments, Retirement Planning, and Income Taxation. Chase has also authored several books on financial planning topics. His most recent offering, Financial Planning Insights, was published in May 2020.

Daryl Wong, CFP, EA has over 15 years of experience in the financial planning business  including many years operating as an independent financial planner and tax preparer. Daryl holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and Enrolled Agent designations and CA Insurance License #0H16109. He is a former instructor for the Personal Financial Planning Certificate Program offered through the UC Davis Extension and currently is a board member of the Financial Planning Association of Northern California.

Brotherhood in COVID Webinar Series

Brothers, thank you to each of you for what you are doing. Whether on the front-lines seeing patients, providing support behind the scenes, giving moral support, or simply by staying home. We can’t help but think that at this time, our motto “each needs the help of the other” rings more true than ever.

We want to acknowledge the stresses we are each facing, while providing tips on staying well, debunking myths, reviewing clinical questions, and opening up the floor to discuss as a group. You are not alone! Please join us as we come together as brothers to support one another. Below are the recordings of the webinars for your reference.

March 26, 2020
April 6, 2020
(Please note that the Monkey Business Illusion video shown during this webinar
had to be removed due to copyright reasons. You may watch this yourself on https://youtu.be/IGQmdoK_ZfY )
May 14, 2020

New Practitioners: Professional Boundaries Webinar

Originally presented on April 25, 2019 at 7PM PST by Nam Nguyen, Chintan Shah, and Niki Saqueton

Are you tired of playing politics? How do you navigate getting along with others while also standing your ground and avoid being a pushover? What do you do if there is [inevitable] workplace drama — how do you stay out of it? Should you be friends with your technicians and does this complicate your supervisor role?

These are situations that we aren’t taught to handle in school. In this discussion-based workshop, we’ll take a dive into navigating these situations. Our goal is to help you set appropriate boundaries at work so that you can focus on what’s most important–taking care of patients! 

Underwritten by The Jack and Priscilla Schlegel Endowed Leadership Development Fund  

Speakers background info:

Chintan Shah (’13)- Pharmacy Clinical Services manager at Walmart, helping to teach/train RPhs around MTM, immunizations, and specialty medications for one of the Central CA markets

Nam Nguyen (’08)- Currently a pharmacy manager for CVS Pharmacy for the past 10 year. I have previous experience as a district pharmacy supervisor in the Central Valley/ Fresno market and participated in the CVS Pharmacy Emerging Leader program for 4 years. I am a graduate of the CPhA Leadership Development Institute Program. Currently I serve on the Board of Directors for the Alpha Psi Foundation and Pacific Pharmacy Alumni Association. 

Niki Saqueton(’13): Full-time night pharmacist at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and full-time adventurer during weeks off from work.  Graduated in 2013 and have learned a lot more out in the real world than I did in school.  You will make mistakes, and you will learn and grow, and it will be worth it.  Keep going!

Webinar recording

Alpha Psi Foundation

Creating tomorrow’s leaders through annual leader development programs, scholarships and awards.


The Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt public benefit corporation, provides scholarships and leadership development for men and women student pharmacists and new professionals.


The Foundation aspires to be widely recognized for creating and developing tomorrow’s men and women leaders in pharmacy, healthcare, and communities across the nation.


The Foundation embodies the belief that investing in the development of student pharmacists and new professionals is an investment in improving the profession of pharmacy and health of our communities.