Although there has been massive growth in the realm of women’s rights and professional opportunities, it can’t be denied that there’s still a struggle. It’s harder for women to climb up the corporate ladder, as was the case for Suzanne Rabi Soliman, PharmD, BCMAS. However, she has proved through her commendable journey that women have what it takes to be leaders just as much as men. And by looking at her career, she has directly proven this to be true.
As a student, Suzanne had the strong willpower to prove that women can reach the same heights as men. From kindergarten up until she got her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy (UIC-COP), she has always strived for excellence. Now that she’s the CAO of the Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs (ACMA), she’s still carrying the same values in whatever she does.
Before she got her current position, Suzanne held multiple roles related to her expertise. She’s been a clinical pharmacist, medical contributor, author, and influential speaker whose topics revolve mainly around medicine, parenting, and women’s issues. She also shares her knowledge on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.
As a professional pharmacist, she was able to help people with the safe and effective use of medication. However, she desired to go beyond. Suzanne wanted to be part of a team that ushered the future of medicine to modern society. This was how she decided to take on the role of being the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) of the Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs (ACMA). In addition, her profession also opened her to more opportunities to help women in pharmacy.
Due to her successful career, Suzanne has received many awards for her contributions in the field. For instance, her manuscript published in the American Journal of Pharmacy Education led her to win the Rufus A. Lyman Award. She was also a recipient of the Next Generation Pharmacist Civic Leader Award and has been featured in many major publications.
However, according to Suzanne, she’s the proudest of her impact on society. She has spoken in front of countless large crowds about essential topics. She is the founder of the Pharmacist Moms Group (PhMG), the largest online organization of women pharmacists with over 35,000 members.
With all her achievements and potential for much greater heights, Suzanne made it so that no one can question her incredible talent in her chosen industry. She’s proven to be a competitive leader, not just the “token woman” in the room. Suzanne is part of the ongoing effort to break the gender bias that women can’t be as professionally successful as men.
Many people have been inspired through Suzanne’s journey, leading to significant positive changes in their lives. Although she’s mainly focusing her efforts on helping women in pharmacy, her message goes for all communities, even outside her expertise. Like Suzanne, women who aim for high positions have what it takes to reach their goals because leadership isn’t about gender but skills. She continues to pave the way for more unstoppable women in pharmacy.