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Decker-Temple Leadership Pharmacy Conference

The Decker-Temple Leadership Pharmacy Conference, a new practitioner leadership conference, takes place at the Eagle Ridge Inn and Resort near Galena, Illinois annually in August. The conference, combining professional and social functions over three days, provides an unequaled opportunity for pharmacists relatively new to their profession to develop skills which enable both personal and professional growth. Participants network with fellow selected pharmacists (10 from Wisconsin and 10 from Iowa) as well as the presidential officers and staff leaders of the Iowa Pharmacy Association and Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin while engaging in programming, recreational activities, and issues discussions.


PSW welcomes applications from or nominations of those who represent diversity in race, color, ethnicity, culture, national origin, sexual orientation, age, gender, gender identity, social class, physical ability/attributes, religious or ethical value systems, language, pharmacy practice area, geographic location, and other perspective shaping backgrounds.

  • Current PSW member pharmacists within their first 3-15 years of practice who reside and/or practice in Wisconsin are eligible to apply. 
  • Pharmacists who are currently a PGY1 or PGY2 resident are not eligible to apply, but are encouraged to apply at a later time.



The Decker-Temple Leadership Pharmacy Conference takes place in August in Galena, Illinois annually. The application for the conference is typically open December - January, and announced in PSW Fast Facts. 

The application for the 2023 PSW Leadership Pharmacy Conference is due February 1, 2024. Letters of recommendation or nomination will not be collected.

All eligible applications received prior to the deadline for submission are reviewed by a reviewer panel. Ten (10) participants from Wisconsin are selected. The panel typically reviews over 50 applications for the conference. Those applicants not selected are encouraged to submit an application the following year. Many participants applied to the conference multiple times prior to being accepted to the conference.

Conference Information


Conference Goals


  1. Provide conference participants with strong leadership training
  2. Increase conference participants’ awareness of issues impacting the profession of pharmacy nationally and in their own state
  3. Encourage the involvement of all new practitioners in professional and community activities
  4. Demonstrate the interest of PSW in developing new practitioners for leadership positions within the profession


Sample Conference Agenda



11:00 am – 12:00 pm    Lunch

12:00 pm – 12:50 pm    Conference Programming Kickoff & Group Picture

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm        Meetings to Media: Communicating with Confidence



5:00 pm - 6:30 pm         Check into Lodges

6:30 pm - 11:00 pm        Dinner and Full Group Networking Activity



8:00 am – 8:30 am        Breakfast

8:30 am – 12:30 pm      Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Health Care 

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm      Lunch



1:30 pm – 5:30 pm        Small Group Team Building Activities

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm        Dinner and Full Group Networking Activity

9:00 pm - 11:00 pm       Informal Networking




8:00 am – 8:30 am        Breakfast

8:30 am – 9:30 am        State Breakouts

9:30 am – 11:30 am       Reflection and Goal Setting



11:30 am – 12:30 pm     Lunch



In recognition of the importance of this conference to the development of future leadership for professional associations, the foundations of the Iowa Pharmacy Association and the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, with generous support from McKesson and Sanofi, have agreed to underwrite all lodging, meal, and program costs for each selected participant, making it an expense free weekend of professional development. For more information about the Wisconsin Pharmacy Foundation Leadership Pharmacy Endowment, click here.