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Nominee’s nameOmonye Phillips

SEEN Changemaker CategoryBusiness

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Nominee’s job titleRegional Vice President at Rite Aid Pharmacy
Nominee’s cityTroy
Please describe why the nominee is a SEEN Changemaker:

Omonye (“Omo”) Phillips, is a wife, mother of two, and at the age of 32 one of the youngest top executives in a Fortune 100 company as a Regional Vice President at Rite Aid Pharmacy. Although these accolades alone may seem enough to deem her a changemaker in business – executive with the 3rd largest retail pharmacy in the country responsible for overseeing the operations of 160+ stores and managing a budget in excess of $1.2B, while being a dedicated and committed wife and mother – she is more in the making. Omo, a woman of many talents, has dedicated countless hours to other business, service, and philanthropy efforts all focused on improving the lives of others. One business initiative that is near and dear to her heart is an initiative that is focused on supporting young professionals in the Metro-Detroit area through networking and strategic development sessions. That initiative is the My Dream BIG Club.

Omo co-founded My Dream BIG Club with her equally impressive husband, Seun Phillips (Managing Director at PlanetM). The organization has a membership that includes professionals in the fields of medicine/dentistry, science and technology, education, athletics, business and law, among others, and is quickly becoming the hub for young professionals in the Metro Detroit area that understand the importance of growth that exists beyond one’s comfort zone, and are also interested in encouraging, uplifting and strengthening others in .

Omo is a firm believer that as a man thinketh, so he is and one can do anything that one trains their mind to do. This is due to her upbringing and diverse academic background having studied in Africa, Europe and North America. She’s always looking for ways to challenge and stretch her mind, with one of her current challenges being training for her first marathon in October and planning the first major conference for My Dream BIG Club. Fortunately, Omo sees the value in supporting others as she pursues her own development and personal goals. For these reasons and more, Omo is a changemaker and worthy of your vote for the SEEN Changemaker in Business for 2019.

Tell us about the individual’s accomplishments:

Earned Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Michigan’s Pharmacy School at the age of 23.

Joined Rite Aid Pharmacy as a store pharmacist upon graduation from pharmacy school, promoted through the ranks of the company to Regional Vice President at the age of 32.

Co-founder of My Dream BIG Club, which has organized networking events for young professionals with attendance in 100+. Organizing the first Dre BIG Club conference, which is expected to have over 200+ attendees, has been covered by Crain’s Detroit Business, and will include prominent speakers from the Metro-Detroit area including entrepreneurs and CEOs.

Selected as a 2019 member of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s highly sought-after Leadership Detroit Class.

How is he/she impacting the community or the lives of people in Metro Detroit or across the world.

Omo uses her expertise as a pharmacist as well as her passion for people to provide support and care at many different dimensions. In addition to her role at Rite Aid Pharmacy, Omo serves as a formal and informal mentor to students and young professionals interested in pharmacy and she also sits on the Alumni Board of Governors at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. In the spirit of improving the lives of young professionals in the Metro-Detroit area, Omo spends countless hours developing content and programming for My Dream BIG Club with her husband, Seun Phillips. She is also an active member in her church and the community through philanthropy and volunteer efforts, which is one of the reasons that she was chosen by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Business as a member of its 2019 Leadership Class.

 

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