My guest is LaQuoia Johnson, PharmD. Join us as we discuss her book How Rxacism Manifests: Inside the Small World of Pharmacy.
We recorded this episode on Mother’s Day 2023. Dr. LaQuoia and I are both Pharmacist Moms.
This is the final interview in my Pharmacist Authors Series. Join me Friday, July 28 for part 15 of 15 in this series. It’s a short wrap-up episode.
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Bio (May 2023)
An accomplished Clinical Pharmacy Leader who checked all the boxes for success, yet forced to exit complacent in toxic work environment, Dr. LaQuoia shares a traumatic experience of exclusion and why she chose peace over a paycheck in her book How Rxacism Manifests: Inside the Small World of Pharmacy. She transformed her greatest pain into purpose as an educator, speaker, and consultant. Dr. LaQuoia leverages her pharmacy leadership experience teaching future pharmacy technicians at two community colleges in North Carolina. She is also a pharmacy consultant for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) foundation and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. LaQuoia is also the founder of Growing Through It, LLC, a coaching and consulting firm specializing in personal and leadership development. Her mission is to show the world what grace looks like and equip today’s leaders with the skills necessary to lead tomorrow’s workforce. Whether she is speaking for a youth group, conference, church, or corporate event, Dr. LaQuoia enjoys fostering an atmosphere for courageous conversations to be had, so that everyone can be seen, heard, and given the opportunity to grow and thrive together. The legacy Dr. LaQuoia will leave the world is a Grace Culture®, a transformational approach for leading yourself and others from the lens of grace.
Highlights from the interview
When it comes to DEI, everyone is learning and growing together.
The book is about her pharmacy career journey – from choosing the profession to professional experiences. She wrote the book to release anger and heal while also helping leaders create better work environments for black women and diverse people.
In the book, Dr. LaQuoia recounted experiences in which she experienced racism and microaggressions. She defined the term microaggression and explained how she felt about her experiences. In the book and during the interview, Dr. LaQuoia suggests how to deal with language and behavior that negatively impacts others. As a black woman, Dr. LaQuoia knows how hard it can be to speak up and how risky it feels to use her voice. She knows what it’s like to trade job security for tolerating injustice.
Personal and professional development is important. Dr. LaQuoia offers a 4-hour, live (Zoom) DEI workshop that is accredited for pharmacist and pharmacy technician CE. Use the code VOICE2023 any time in the year 2023 to get Dr. LaQuoia’s 4-hour CPE for $20.23. To learn more, visit https://agraceculture.org.
Dr. LaQuoia’s book has more than one audience. For example, the book is for leaders who have personal biases and need to change their mindset. It’s also for people who, like Dr. LaQuoia, need validation that racism and micro-aggressions are happening to them; they’re not alone.
Almost 48 minutes into this episode, Dr. LaQuoia reads an excerpt from the preface of the book. (Thanks Dr. LaQuoia! Great job!!) She encourages readers to read the preface before diving into Chapter One.
Students considering leadership roles should read How Rxacism Manifests: Inside the Small World of Pharmacy. For example, a pharmacy manager would benefit from the book. Knowledge is power, and applying lessons learned from the book can help everyone in the pharmacy grow and thrive together. Growth is a choice. Choose to grow!
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Links from this episode
Book link 👉 https://amzn.to/44Y2sMa
IG: Dr. LaQuoia 👉 https://www.instagram.com/drlaquoia/
Website #1 https://www.agraceculture.org/ for more on a GRACE Culture, to purchase the book, and register for the next workshop.
Website #2: drlaquoiajohnson.com
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Dates, authors, and book titles in the Pharmacist Authors Series
(Part 1 of 15) June 5, Introduction to the Pharmacist Authors Series (Episode 220)
Part 5 of 15) June 19, The Pharmacist’s Voice ® Podcast Episode 224 Interview with Sue Ojageer, PharmD on her children’s book The Pharma Heroes: The Power of Precision Medicine
(Part 7 of 15) June 26, The Pharmacist’s Voice ® Podcast Episode 226: Interview with Christina Fontana, PharmD about her book Moving Beyond the Counter: Elevating into Heart-Centered Health Care through Entrepreneurship
(Part 8 of 15) June 30, The Pharmacist’s Voice ® Podcast Episode 227: Interview with Jade L. Ranger, PharmD, about her book Mustard Seed Mentality: Unscripted Pearls of Wisdom from a Wife, Mother, and Entrepreneur
(Part 9 of 15) July 7, The Pharmacist’s Voice ® Podcast Episode 229: Interview with RDML Pam Schweitzer, PharmD and her daughter Amy Graves about their children’s book Alice and Jack Hike the Grand Canyon
(Part 10 of 15) July 10, The Pharmacist’s Voice ® Podcast Episode 230: Interview with Cory Jenks, PharmD about his book Permission to Care: Building a Healthcare Culture That Thrives in Chaos
(Part 11 of 15) July 14, The Pharmacist’s Voice ® Podcast Episode 231: Interview with Donna Bartlett, PharmD about her book MedStrong: Shed Your Meds for a Better, Healthier You – Aging Well Through Deprescribing
(Part 12 of 15) July 17, The Pharmacist’s Voice ® Podcast Episode 232: Interview with Frieda Wiley, PharmD about her book Telecommuting Psychosis: From Surviving to Thriving While Working in Your Pajama Pants. Plus, we touch on her 3 children’s books in development.
(Part 13 of 15) July 21, The Pharmacist’s Voice ® Podcast Episode 233: Interview with Tim Ulbrich, PharmD about his book Seven Figure Pharmacist: How to Maximize Your Income, Eliminate Debt, and Create Wealth
(Part 14 of 15) July 24, Interview with LaQuoia Johnson, PharmD about her book How Rxacism Manifests Inside the Small World of Pharmacy
(Part 15 of 15) July 28, Pharmacist Authors Series wrap-up (solo show)
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