LKS spotlights student and alumni members that are making a difference in their chapters, in their communities, and in the field of pharmacy.
Chapter: Alpha Zeta Alumni Chapter
Hello! My name is Robyn Nading, and I am a proud member of Alpha Zeta Alumni Chapter. I joined Alpha Zeta Chapter at St. Louis College of Pharmacy in October 2010 and served as Chaplain and Social Media Liaison. As an alumni member I’ve served as Alpha Zeta Alumni Vice President and Social Media Chair and have taken on additional roles in a few national committees including the Awards Nomination & Selection Committee, Educational Grants Committee, and Memorials & Resolutions Committee. I’ve truly enjoyed travelling the country by attending LKS conventions and have explored Boston, Naples, Atlanta, and Milwaukee with my sisters thus far.
I currently work as a clinical pharmacist for OptumRx and have come to appreciate the work/life balance that the company provides. Outside of work I like to discover new restaurants with my husband, family, and friends. I also enjoy travelling, and I hope to hike many more national parks in the future.
What do you do to continue furthering your knowledge, self-development, and leadership skills?
If a leadership opportunity arises, I always make my best effort to seize it. I have led many pharmacist trainings within my department which has developed my teaching and leadership skills. I am also serving as a Chicago Chapter Liaison for St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s Alumni Association.
Which of our core values (sisterhood, leadership, service, scholarship and integrity) do you feel you most strongly represent and how?
The Core Value of Sisterhood has always been special to me. As an only child, I never had any “real” sisters, but after joining LKS I’ve made friendships that have stood the test of time. Danielle Turlington (Alpha Zeta Alumni) was the reason why I joined LKS, and she recently stood by my side as my maid of honor. At the 2013 Boston convention, I met Sara Kheboian (Alpha Alumni), and we just met up in Maine for lunch in Acadia National Park. I am so thankful for the friendships that I’ve made through LKS, and I look forward to making even more memories with my sisters in the future!
What is one thing that LKS has helped you grow and develop in (personally, professionally, etc.)?
As a child and teen, I was generally shy, but after joining LKS I’ve grown to be a lot more outgoing than expected. Through recruitment and attending conventions with LKS I’ve developed social skills that have allowed me to connect with others easily and be braver when it comes to professional networking. You never know who you’ll meet in LKS!
What is the best advice you could give to other members?
Go to convention! LKS is much bigger than your own chapter, and the relationships that you make at convention are invaluable. Don’t be afraid to reach out to other chapters and alumni members.
If you had not chosen pharmacy as your career, what would have been your second choice?
I thought I wanted to be a dentist because I had such a wonderful dentist growing up. However, I’m pretty happy with my decision to be a pharmacist!