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Dr. Susan Morley named one of Nashville Business Journal's 2016 Women of Influence

Lacey Klotz  | 

Dr. Susan Morley, a Lipscomb University assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, has been named a winner for the Nashville Business Journal’s 2016 Women of Influence Awards in the inspiration/mentor category.

Dr. Morley was awarded the 2015 Faculty Member of the Year from the pharmacy Class of 2016 for her teaching excellence and her dedication to SusanMorley_LARGEstudent pharmacists. Dr. Morley is also the faculty advisor for two student organizations: the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy and Phi Delta Chi, a national pharmacy fraternity.

“The women listed below are being recognized for standing out in their fields, bringing their businesses to the forefront and helping others achieve success,” said Alison Nash, NBJ associate editor, in the list release.

Dr. Morley and Aileen Katcher of Katcher Strategic Communications won the category of inspiration/mentor. Other categories were community supporter, company executive, company manager, dynamic duo, entrepreneur, family business, nonprofit leader, public policy and trailblazer.

Laura Ward, director of admissions and student affairs at the college, has worked closely alongside Dr. Morley on the Admissions Committee nominated Dr. Morley for the NBJ’s Women of Influence award for her work with students at Lipscomb as well as for her volunteer service with the Family Advisory Council at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.  

Dr. Morley has served on the Family Advisory Council at the hospital since 2008 and recently assumed the role of chair for the council. She was invited to become a member of the council after her daughter was treated as a patient.

The work of the Family Advisory Council was honored in 2012 when they were selected as finalists for the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards, acknowledging members of civic, congregation or non-corporate groups that volunteer together for a specific cause.

As a Family Advisory Council member, Dr. Morley advocates for the patient and family perspective by sharing her family’s inspirational story to new employees during orientation, serving on hospital committees and as a patient co-investigator with Vanderbilt researchers on a grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

“It is an amazing feeling to be recognized with so many successful women in the Nashville area,” Dr. Morley explained. “This award highlights the exceptional accomplishments of professional women and celebrates their contributions to our community. These women have demonstrated unparalleled success in their personal and professional lives.”

Dr. Morley joined the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences faculty in 2011 after serving as the pharmacy supervisor at the Nashville Branch of Accredo Health Group Inc. Dr. Morley is the director of the dual Pharm.D. and Master of Management Degree Program and teaches various courses on leadership, management, communication and interprofessional education. She is the chair of the college’s Interprofessional Education Steering Committee and is co-lead for the Tennessee Pharmacists Coalition’s Workgroup on Multidisciplinary Education.

Dr. Morley received her Bachelor of Science in biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 1997. She also received a Master of Science in sustainability and a Master of Business Administration from Lipscomb in 2014.

Winners will be recognized at an awards luncheon on Feb. 9, where past winner Mayor Megan Barry will give the opening remarks.  In addition, the 34 women selected across 10 categories will be profiled in the Women of Influence feature in the Feb. 12 edition of the Nashville Business Journal.

Among other Nashville leaders included on the Nashville Business Journal’s 2016 Women of Influence were Katie Buchanan, CMT/Viacom; Kim Hawkins, Hawkins Partners Inc.; Rita Johnson-Mills, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee; Amanda Mathis, Bridgestone Americas Inc.; Melissa Waddey, LifePoint Health; Jessica Anderson, Deloitte; Lucile Houseworth, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville; Andrée Blumstein, Office of the Attorney General and Reporter.

Other Lipscomb women who have received this honor were Lisa Shacklett, assistant dean of the College of Business; Susan Galbreath, special assistant to the president and vice provost of academic and financial affairs; Charla Long, founding dean of the college of professional studies; and Linda Peek Schacht, founding director of the Nelson & Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership.