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DSN Women Leaders 2014: Christina Hennington, Target

BY Michael Johnsen

Christina Hennington, SVP health and beauty at Target, grew up in Sweden and Norway, which she credits for her strong values and work ethic. “My values and my work ethic stem from my Scandinavian roots. I strive for excellence in my work, but place a premium on integrity, fairness and treating people with respect,” she said.

Her goal for excellence is readily apparent across Target’s health-and-wellness platform. Hennington recently introduced premium skin care across 749 of the chain’s stores, and has overseen the growth of Target’s beauty adviser program from inception. 

 In addition to her ongoing impact on Target’s beauty offering, Hennington also is working on several health-and wellness solutions. “Target has a great opportunity to play a critical role in the value chain for health care,” she said. “We’re excited about the potential to partner with other organizations to deliver consumer-oriented health-and-wellness solutions. For example, we continue to strategically open new Target Clinics; Target is expanding pharmacy capabilities through health services rooms; and we now offer try-at-home options for Target Optical.”

Hennington also is currently a Henry Crown fellow from the Aspen Institute. “This inspiring group of entrepreneurs has encouraged me to feel more comfortable taking risks and making bigger, bolder decisions,” she said. The Henry Crown Fellowship Program seeks to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders. 

Hennington, a MBA from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management, spent several years prior to business school consulting, focusing primarily on supply chain optimization in association with large enterprise resource planning for information technology implementations. Additionally, she has spent time leading development teams for internet service applications and software for two smaller startups in Boston.

Hennington also serves on the board of governors for Cosmetic Executive Women. 

To view the full DSN Women Leaders 2014 report, click here.

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DSN Women Leaders 2014: Debbie Garza, Walgreens

BY Michael Johnsen

Today, she champions the ability for pharmacists to practice at the top of their license for one of the more progressive retail pharmacy chains, but Debbie Garza, divisional VP government relations at Walgreens, got her start on the beauty side of the business. “I started in the cosmetics department (as it was called then) of Walgreens 30 years ago when I was a sophomore in high school,” she told Drug Store News. “When I started college, I was fortunate to have a store manager — who was a pharmacist — suggest I consider going to pharmacy school. Having worked as a pharmacy technician while in pharmacy school and being a staff pharmacist, pharmacy manager and district pharmacy supervisor, I feel I can really lend an understanding of our business and credibility when advocating for our interests.”

 From her beginnings as a pharmacy technician, today Garza is one of the industry’s leading advocates and most stalwart presence at RxImpact, where NACDS members descend on Washington for a day of meetings with members of Congress. At Walgreens, she is responsible for federal, state and local government relations, boards of pharmacy and public policy.  

Garza presently is working toward provider status for pharmacists, which would enable patient access to and payment for clinical services provided by pharmacists. What keeps her excited about the business? “Knowing we are making a difference in people’s lives and have the ability to change how health care is delivered in this country, and the role pharmacists can play can help improve outcomes and lower costs.” 

Garza serves on the NACDS Foundation board of directors, as well as on the board of the Coalition for Community Pharmacy Action.

To view the full DSN Women Leaders 2014 report, click here.

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DSN Women Leaders 2014: Nancy Gagliano, MinuteClinic

BY Antoinette Alexander

Nancy Gagliano has always been passionate about helping people live healthier lives — a devotion that led her to primary care and ultimately to CVS Health’s MinuteClinic.

Gagliano has worked as MinuteClinic’s chief medical officer since 2010, overseeing medical guide-lines, affiliate relationships, expansion, new services, operations and physician collaboration.

 As MinuteClinic forges ahead on its goal of 1,500 clinics by the end of 2017, Gagliano is helping to support the nationwide rollout of the company’s smoking cessation program, Start to Stop, which launched in September when it stopped selling tobacco in all stores.

“The combination of medication and coaching can nearly double quit rates from 7% to 15%, which is why our 26,000 pharmacists and nurse practitioners are playing a vital role in the program’s implementation,” Gagliano said. “… This is a novel approach to integrating pharmacy in support of cessation, and I’m pleased to be playing a role in it.”

In today’s evolving healthcare environment, Gagliano plays a crucial role at MinuteClinic, and she eagerly tackles it with perseverance, passion, accountability and innovation. But Gagliano admits that her journey hasn’t always been easy.

“The path for being an executive female physician is not well worn. So, it’s been extremely helpful to have many people in my life that support and encourage me. While my parents grew up in an era when college was unattainable, they let me know it was something I could aspire to and ultimately achieve. Nothing was going to stop me from going. My science teacher also taught me that becoming a doctor was an absolutely reasonable career for a woman,” Gagliano said.

To view the full DSN Women Leaders 2014 report, click here.

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