Breaking Out of the Status Quo as an Intrapreneur: Interview with Stephanie Kiser

Intrapreneurship can be challenging at times. Sometimes it can take a little bit of convincing to get the ball rolling on a new innovative project. It is important to understand the language of your audience, and also that languages change as you move across an organization. It is also important to form relationships and ask honest questions — you need to understand what drives the decisions of your audience. You know what the passion is and you know what you’re trying to accomplish, but how do you translate that so that people at all varying levels become excited and engaged and want to be a part of it?

Stephanie Kiser is the Director of Rural Health and Wellness at the Asheville Campus of the UNC School of Pharmacy where she is a Clinical Assistant Professor. Stephanie and I used to work together, in fact she was my boss, and as an intrapreneurial team, I think we were pretty much unstoppable.

Stephanie will be speaking at the Medipreneurs Summit this year and she is most excited to connect with like-minded people who are not satisfied with the status quo. Check out this week’s video to watch the full interview and get a sneak peak of what’s to come in April.

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We are three smart, fierce, and pretty quirky pharmacists who chose to get out of the box, become entrepreneurs, and find freedom by starting our own businesses. This allowed us to pursue our passions, and approach health care holistically with the focus where it should be – on the patient.

The three of us joined forces to help each other through the journey from traditional pharmacist to business owner and from this we have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly along the way. We spent years working to create business models and systems that work; to understand the marketing strategies necessary for growth; and to grow our highly successful businesses.

We made a choice to forge new paths in healthcare, and take back the power to heal that a pharmacist should have. Although we’re each following our own unique passion, we are united in our purpose: To give other medical professionals the tools to do things differently and join us as leaders in this new movement in pharmacy.

We work and network with many pharmacy entrepreneurs and INTRApreneurs, and we are witnesses to how THESE are the pharmacists who are not only finding true autonomy and are able to provide real patient-centered care, as they should be, but they’re also finding greater financial success doing so.

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