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PLS McCarty Lecture

2017 PLS McCarty Lecture: 2-3 p.m. Friday, April 28

"Who you are to be.. You are now to becoming.. OneTimeForTheOneTime."

Speaker: George Okpamen, Pharm.D. 

Location: Agnes Arnold Auditorium 1

About the Speaker

George Okpamen is a 2012 graduate of Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. While he earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from TSU, his pharmacy journey began as a pre-pharmacy student at the University of Houston. It was there, George first learned about non-traditional roles within the pharmacy profession. It was also the genesis of George’s ongoing relationship with the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) and the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA).

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Through these two organizations, George was able to hone his leadership skills and also gain mentors and sponsors who opened his eyes to fourth-year rotational opportunities at the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS). George has had the unique privilege of serving SNPhA on the national scene for the past six years and was appointed the Assistant Executive Director of SNPhA in January of 2016.

George now lives in Indianapolis, Indiana where he completed the Eli Lilly Visiting Scientist Fellowship in Global Public Policy and Corporate Affairs. As he transitioned from the fellowship to his full-time role, he was appointed to the executive teams of both the African American Network (AAN) and Early Career Professionals (ECP) where he still serves today. His service on these executive boards allows him to continuously embrace and engage diversity of color, thought, age and background to influence change both inside and outside of Eli Lilly’s four walls.

George’s full-time role focuses on developing and executing the market access strategies of two oncology brands. He enjoys every facet of his role at Lilly and feels it is his duty to share his story and give back. George is acutely aware of the privilege he has of being a pharmacist, platform he has of being a leader, and power he has to serve and empower others. As future pharmacists, and current student leaders, it is George’s hope that you see, understand, and act on the POWER you have to empower others too.

About the Lecture Series

The shouts of “Carpe Diem” emanating from James T. McCarty has encouraged his students to strive to live for the day – to persevere through their time spent at the college for benefit of the patients they will serve. In fact, many students may remember how he emphasized the importance of treating all patients as equals.

Throughout the curriculum, faculty and students used McCarty as a model of leadership within the profession by emulating his ideals and teachings. For this reason, the students of Phi Lamda Sigma, the national pharmacy leadership honor society, are proud to have named the Leadership Lecture Series after such an influential individual. The annual lecture is co-sponsored by UH College of Pharmacy.

About James T. McCarty

James T. McCarty is a retired professor and alumnus of UH College of Pharmacy. Having spent a lifetime with the university, from graduation to retirement, McCarty has built a legacy of professionalism in the classroom, in pharmacy practice, and behind the podium. McCarty has many years of varied pharmacy experience, including hospital, manufacturing and community.

His professional affiliations include Rho Chi National Honor Society, American Mensa and Phi Lambda Sigma, the national pharmacy leadership society where he served as president in 1992. McCarty has received many honors,including the 1997 Harris County Pharmacist of the Year, the 1991 UH College of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumni Award, the 1992 Texas Pharmacist Association Pharmacist of the Year Award and the 1992 Albert Rosica, Jr. Memorial Award by the American College of Apothecaries “for recognition of outstanding contribution to pharmacy education.”

About Phi Lambda Sigma

Phi Lambda Sigma honors leadership. Members are selected by peer recognition. No greater honor can be bestowed upon an individual than to be recognized as a leader by one’s peers. Such recognition instills and enhances self-confidence, encourages the less active student to a more active role and promotes greater effort toward the advancement of pharmacy.

The purpose of Phi Lambda Sigma, also known as the national Pharmacy Leadership Society, is to promote the development of leadership qualities, especially among pharmacy students. By peer recognition, the Society encourages participation in all pharmacy activities. Since membership crosses fraternal and organizational lines,
the Society does not compete with other pharmacy organizations.


Founded in 1965, Phi Lambda Sigma has expanded to more than 90 schools and colleges of pharmacy in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The UH Upsilon Chapter was established in 1988.

Past Lecturers

Joyce A. Tipton, 2016
David A. Zilz and Roger W. Anderson, 2015
The Honorable Charles L. "Chuck" Hopson, 2014
No lecture in 2013
Todd W. Canada, 2012
Lisa Scholz, 2011
Dennis B. Worthen, 2010
Joesph T. DiPiro, 2009
Lloyd Y. Young, 2008
Rhea Blanken, 2007