NCPA Announces Keynote Speakers for Annual Convention in October

NCPA August 15, 2022

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Aug. 15, 2022) – The National Community Pharmacists Association is pleased to announce the keynote speakers for its 2022 Annual Convention, set for Oct. 1-4 in Kansas City, Mo. The theme for this year’s convention is “Team Up! Where Teamwork Makes It All Work.” The strongest pharmacies often have great teams – comprised of pharmacists, technicians, salesclerks, billing specialists, front-end managers, community health workers, etc. – that result not only in business success but in higher levels of patient satisfaction. NCPA’s keynote speakers and other convention content will reinforce the value of the team mentality and ways to accomplish it.

Mike Abrashoff, former commander of the USS Benfold and author of three books, is scheduled to speak during the First General Session on Sunday, Oct. 2. Abrashoff was the most-junior officer in the Pacific Fleet when he took command of the near-worst performing ship. Twelve months later, the USS Benfold was the best ship in the entire Navy – using the same crew. The story of that stunning transformation has lessons for every organization: leadership matters, and culture is everything. He offers clear, battle-tested and actionable steps, and shows people at every level of an organization how to engage and take incremental steps that can make a dramatic difference. He says, “I didn’t turn the ship around – my crew did that. What I did was to create an environment where they felt safe, empowered, and supported. When you do that, anything is possible.”

Will Flanary, MD, is scheduled to speak during the Second General Session on Monday, Oct. 3. Flanary is an ophthalmologist and comedian who moonlights in his free time as “Dr. Glaucomflecken” on social media to an audience of over 2.5 million. Effortlessly blending observational medical humor with biting satire, he has spent years entertaining health care professionals on a variety of topics including the horrors of health insurance. He has a passion for bringing humor to health care and is a frequent keynote speaker to audiences across all of medicine. One of his latest bits skewers massive pharmacy benefit managers, the health care middlemen often condemned by independent pharmacists and many others.

To learn about and register for NCPA’s 2022 Annual Convention, click here. More information is added as it becomes available.

For additional details on the keynote speakers, click here.

Media interested in attending and covering the 2022 NCPA Annual Convention should contact Andie Pivarunas.

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Founded in 1898, the National Community Pharmacists Association is the voice for the community pharmacist, representing nearly 19,400 pharmacies that employ approximately 215,000 individuals nationwide. Community pharmacies are rooted in the communities where they are located and are among America’s most accessible health care providers. To learn more, visit www.ncpa.org.

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