MPA | Pharmacy News

Feb. 27, 2015
Contact: Leah Ball, director of communications
(517) 377-0232

Dr. Brenda Wagenknecht-Ivey of Denver, Colorado will be presented with the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) Executive Board Medal at the MPA Annual Convention & Exposition, Feb. 27-March 1 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

The Executive Board Medal Award is given annually to an individual who has demonstrated an extraordinary personal commitment to MPA. It is the only award bestowed on a nonpharmacist by the Association. The award was developed to recognize individuals who have been instrumental to the MPA Executive Board and to the Association in advancing pharmacy’s agenda.

For more than 10 years, Wagenknecht-Ivey has been instrumental in facilitating many Association activities and supporting advancement of the pharmacy profession through practitioner development. In addition to assisting with MPA’s strategic planning process, she facilitates the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation (MPF) Leadership Academy (previously the Young Practitioner Leadership Academy).

Wagenknecht-Ivey is the chief executive officer of PRAXIS Consulting, Inc. based in Engelwood, Colorado. She has consulted with and facilitated more than 125 strategy and organizational improvement and change processes with private, public and nonprofit organizations over the past 20 years. This includes other pharmacy organizations in Colorado, Florida, Iowa and Georgia as well as the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations. During the MPA strategic planning retreat each year, she guides the MPA Executive Board, staff, and practice section and affiliated chapter representatives to think strategically about the future of the pharmacy profession and the Association, including updating MPA’s long-range goals and identifying priorities each year. Her contributions have helped MPA remain a leader in the profession and a vibrant organization for pharmacy professionals in Michigan.

Wagenknecht-Ivey has also been committed to the pharmacy profession and shown passion for developing leaders through her role in the MPF Leadership Academy. Since its inception, she has served as lead faculty for the program, which includes facilitating online webinars and the leadership discussion forum on social media, conducting face-to-face workshops, and overseeing and coaching participants on their personal leadership goals. She has contributed countless hours to creating and facilitating this year-long event.

Wagenknecht-Ivey has a Ph.D. from the University of Denver, a master’s degree from Michigan State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University. She has published numerous articles and guidebooks on strategic planning, executive leadership, managing change, continuous quality improvement, 360-degree feedback, succession planning/talent management and procedural fairness.

Michigan Pharmacists Association, representing the nearly 9,000 pharmacists and 15,000 pharmacy technicians in Michigan, strives to serve members by providing support, advocacy and resources that ultimately improve patient care, safety, health and the practice of pharmacy. For more information, visit

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