Wided Najahi-Missaoui, MS, PharmD, doesn’t know the meaning of the word “can’t.” Since arriving in the United States from Tunisia in 2000, she has earned two graduate degrees (a close friend says she collects degrees like others collect stamps), and accolades. Her mentor, Dr. Michael Griffith Bartlett, who is Professor and Director–BS Program at the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences, says she is “a delightful person and a first-rate scientist.” Wided now can add one more accolade to her resume: the first recipient of ISPE’s Women in Pharma (WIP) award.

ISPE Board director Fran Zipp spearheaded the formation of the WIP group to support women in the industry. She was co-chair of the initial series, which was launched at the 2016 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo. Donations helped establish a scholarship fund for students at UGA. At that first event, Zipp stated, “In building a career, there are sacrifices. We’ve all made them. But opportunities don’t happen, you create them.”

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