Leader Development Institute


Program Overview

2017 LDI Participants & Faculty

In 2013, CPhA partnered with the nonprofit Pharmacy Leadership & Education Institute to launch Leader Development Institute (LDI), an annual program aimed at developing the transformative leaders that CPhA requires to effectively pursue its mission: “To advance the practice of pharmacy for the promotion of health.”

LDI is a 9-month leader development program consisting of four in-person sessions, with individual and small group work performed “virtually” in between session. This program’s unique approach to leader development challenges its participants to first examine their current approaches to leadership in their daily lives and assess how their current strategies are working for them. This intensive self-examination allows participants to discover their “blind spots” and make the choice to create the space they need to adopt and assess new philosophies and practices presented to them throughout the program.

What differentiates CPhA’s LDI program from many other leadership seminars is its emphasis on self-awareness and discovery, and the deliberate application and practice of leadership skills (vs. simple knowledge acquisition).  While attendance at the four, daylong live sessions is critical, it is really the work that attendees perform in their daily lives between sessions that makes the biggest impact on their lives.  A “Learning Coordinator” and members of a 3-4 person “Learning Pod” support participants in the performance of this interstitial work.

LDI participants develop a project that represents a personal and significant passion for them, a topic of interest to CPhA members or is applicable to the organization, and embraces the engagement, empowerment, and leadership of others.

Click here to view the 2017 LDI Project Booklet.

“Leadership itself cannot be pursued but must be ensued through gaining a deep belief in your own worth and with a realistic understanding of your strengths, interests, values and needs. LDI Creates this learning environment that results in complete self-development of accomplished and compassionate practitioners. Through self-discovery, Leader Development Institute allowed me to develop into a practitioner who is prepared to serve, inspire, and lead in the pharmacy profession.”
– Dr. Elizabeth Akhparyan, LDI Graduate

Learning Objectives

Individuals who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Identify and describe at least one previously unrecognized behavior that, prior to this program, had been repeatedly impeding their personal and professional growth & success
  • Explain how they distinguished this behavior and the impact it has had on their personal and professional lives
  • Describe breakthroughs they’ve achieved in personal and professional relationships and performance as a result of their intentional effort to transform the behavior
  • Explain what they are now able to distinguish as their unique personal contribution to the profession/CPhA
  • Utilize alternative approaches to cultivate different behavior to enhance personal and professional activity


Participants in the 2018 program must possess current CPhA membership. Student members may apply, but priority will be given to applicants with graduation dates prior to 2019.

Applicants must honor a commitment to attend EVERY in-person session. Sessions generally run from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and have been scheduled for:

Session I: Wednesday, April 11 preceding Western Pharmacy Exchange in San Diego

Session II: Saturday, June 9 at CPhA HQ in Sacramento. (Session to be followed by optional annual LDI BBQ)

Session III: Saturday, August 25 – Location TBD

Session IV: Friday, November 2 preceding CPhA’s Annual Leader Development Weekend (LDW) in Monterey, which runs until 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 4.
Attendance at LDW is optional but highly encouraged due to various LDI recognition activities held throughout the weekend.

Applicants are encouraged to hold these dates while waiting for an admission decision on or before February 28, 2018.


Tuition for the entire yearlong program is $1,900 for CPhA members and $2,300 for non-members (one year of membership is included in the non-member rate). For 2018, CPhA is generously providing up to 18 select participants with scholarships to cover all tuition costs except for a $500 nonrefundable deposit ($900 for nonmembers – this includes one year of CPhA membership) which must be paid by participants within 14 calendar days of being notified of their acceptance to the program. Upon successful completion of the program (which includes attendance at every live session and Leader Development Weekend), CPhA will apply $450 of the deposit’s value toward the graduate’s registration fee for the 2019 Western Pharmacy Exchange.

While tuition includes materials, light meals and refreshments associated with the in-person sessions, participants are responsible for any associated travel, hotel and outside meal costs.  As such, they are encouraged to seek reimbursement or sponsorship from other entities (employer, local association, etc.).


Hear what LDI Graduate Dr. Jennifer Courtney had to say about this program:


View 2017 Leader Development Weekend Photos Here

Pharmacy, Leadership & Education Institute

CPhA’s Leader Development Institute is provided in partnership with the Pharmacy Leadership & Education Institute (PLEI). PLEI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to advancing healthcare by improving the leadership capabilities of America’s pharmacists and student pharmacists. As a nationally active enterprise, PLEI strives to reach as many pharmacists as possible, to help them grow in their personal leadership skills, giving them examples of how to apply these skills in pharmacy settings (e.g., ambulatory, inpatient, long-term care, corporate, academia, government) and in their personal lives.