Manal Fakhoury, Pharm.D.
The opioid epidemic has been called the worst drug crisis in American history. How did we get here and what is the solution? From research, we understand addiction is a disease. It is also, for some individuals and companies, a business. Did we in the pharmaceutical industry manufacture this epidemic by misleading the public that opiates are safe and effective? As a pharmacist and mentor for prisoners, Fakhoury will offer her unique perspective on the opioid epidemic.
Manal Fakhoury, Pharm.D., is a clinical and consultant pharmacist, award-winning inspirational speaker, coach, trainer, mentor, and philanthropist. She obtained her undergraduate and doctorate degrees from the University of Southern California, and her M.B.A. from Webster University. Fakhoury proudly serves on many local and national boards, and has been recognized with multiple professional and community awards, including Person of the Year, Pharmacist of the Year, Most Inspirational, Women of Influence, and Florida Public Relations Association’s Communicator of the Year. She is the President and CEO of Fakhoury Leadership International, a multi-generational personal development company, and has more than 30 years of nonprofit leadership experience. She is passionate about her work in the prison system, where her interactions with inmates have given her insights into solutions to the opioid epidemic that we have overlooked. Fakhoury was honored to participate in the Climb of Hope and summit Mt. Kilimanjaro in January 2014. Most importantly she takes pride in her husband and five children.