From Our Past Participants

"Our family wants to sincerely thank you for your time you spent with us at the LEAD program at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Taylor was very impressed with the program, the information she received about careers, and what UNC has to offer. I also want to thank you for the information about Walgreens. I am very impressed with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in how proactive it is to solicit the best quality students. We are very grateful to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy for selecting Taylor to attend the LEAD program. It will be a great experience for her to build from as she pursues this career. Go HEELS!!!"

— J. Stuart Mitchell
Newton, NC

"I attended the 2014 LEAD program and would like to personally thank you for such a great experience! We talked a little during one of the breaks about my personal statement, and I just wanted to tell you how thankful I was for such great insight. This program has dramatically changed my perspective and self-esteem in a positive way, and I cannot wait to start the application process!"

— John Boulos
Durham, NC

"I want to thank you for hosting me at LEAD. I had a fantastic time interacting with the staff and learning about the pharmacy program. The hospitality of your staff, especially Galen, was heart-warming and I felt very welcome on campus. Thank you again for such a wonderful weekend!"

— Teresa Nguyen
Austin, TX

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LEAD Program

LEAD 2014

The Carolina Pharmacy Leadership, Excellence, And Development (LEAD) program is a one-day preparatory and professional development program geared toward students who are interested in exploring a career in pharmacy and learning how to be competitive in the pharmacy-school admissions process.

2015 LEAD program dates

  • February 28, 2015: Chapel Hill campus (for incoming college freshmen through college graduates)
  • March 7, 2015: Chapel Hill campus (for high school students)
  • March 21, 2015: Asheville campus (for high school and college students)

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There is no cost to program participants. Out of town participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging.

Application deadlines

Chapel Hill campus: February 20, 2015

If you have questions about applying to the Chapel Hill LEAD programs, please contact or Galen Kopfmann at 919-966-9786.

Asheville campus: March 16, 2015

If you have questions about applying to the Asheville LEAD program, please contact Laura Bratsch at or 828-250-3900.

Those admitted to the program will be exposed to and explore the phenomenal career opportunities available in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, meet and build relationships with leaders in the profession, and learn how to improve their performance on admissions tests and how to be a successful applicant through professional development and leadership activities.


Participants will engage in interactive classes and seminars and meet with faculty and students from one of the nation's leading pharmacy schools. They will also meet with innovative clinicians and cutting edge researchers from a variety of pharmacy practice settings.

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