The initial planning phase of the Capital Campaign was started in the summer of 2008, and funding priorities were established in the summer of 2009. With a goal of raising $1.5 million over five years, the Foundation decided that there was no better funding priority than developing a Center for Personal, Professional and Leadership Development
, making the dream of developing leaders in pharmacy a long-awaited reality.
Capitalizing on long-standing relationships with pharmacy stakeholders within the state and on a national level allowed the Foundation to solicit input and direction for developing the Center. MPF sought the counsel of experiential coordinators, Committee leaders, independent pharmacy owners, chain management, innovative practitioners and newly-licensed pharmacists, and these individuals showed overwhelming support for creating the Center.
In the fall of 2009, MPA purchased its new headquarters at 408 Kalamazoo Plaza, and early in 2010, renovations began. Aside from having amenities and features that employees had only dreamed of in the Washington Avenue property in Lansing, the new building offered ample space for the Center, which also received a new name in honor of a great pharmacy leader.
It was with a heavy heart that Foundation received the opportunity for renaming the Center for Personal, Professional and Leadership Development. Dewaine Robinson was a dedicated pharmacy leader who supported the very goals pursued by the Foundation. He was an active and treasured member of MPA for more than 50 years, serving as past president of the Association and chairman of the Pharmacy Services Inc. (PSI) Board of Directors. Robinson was a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees, the MPF Founders Club, and the MPF Mortar and Pestle Club. He was also a member of the Genesee County Pharmacists Association and Pharmacy PAC Century Club.
Robinson passed away in 2009, and to continue his legacy to pharmacy, his wife pledged a donation of $100,000 over five years to the Foundation.In the spring of 2010, the MPA Executive Board, PSI Board of Directors and MPF Board of Trustees decided that, to continue Robinson’s dream for the future of pharmacy, the Center for Personal, Professional and Leadership Development would become the Robinson Leadership Center.
Six months after the transformation of the new MPA headquarters began, on July 3, 2010, MPA staff eagerly packed and unpacked moving trucks, and began settling into the new, 16,849 square foot building, where the Robinson Leadership Center would finally have a home.
With a goal to enrich the professional experience of pharmacy practitioners and inspire and empower them to become great leaders, the Center will become the core for advancement by facilitating an array of business, leadership and management training programs. The Center:
- is designed for both small and intimate networking opportunities and larger classroom seminars
- accommodates 50 people
- is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to provide both on-site and distance learning
The Foundation held the Grand Evening Gala on Sept. 11, 2010, at the MPA Headquarters, where a ribbon cutting ceremony dedicated the Center in addition to the new building. Shortly after the Gala, on Oct. 13, 2010, the Center hosted its first leadership program entitled Leadership Strategies for Effective Communications. Since its first program, the Center has been utilized for MPA Committee Days, pharmacy technician continuing education programs, events to connect local associations from around the state, Board of Director meetings, Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Programs, and other training functions. It has also hosted other organizations and health care disciplines providing an opportunity pharmacy to work closer with common stakeholders.
With support from the Foundation’s Capital Campaign, the Robinson Leadership Center will fulfill a dream that began more than a decade ago: developing leaders and business experts within the pharmacy profession through on-site and distance training programs. The ribbon cutting ceremony that dedicated the Center also served as a reminder of the commitment the Foundation has made to the pharmacy profession, as well as its future.
The Foundation would like to thank those who provided input, counsel and support for the Center. The year 2010 was a milestone for the Foundation, and the development of the Robinson Leadership Center has paved the way for many more landmarks to come in the future.