Dr. Philecia C. Avery is an industry-recognized healthcare, pharmacy and retail expert. She is a dynamic leadership and executive coach, consultant, facilitator and connector. With over 20 years of extensive and varied healthcare and leadership experience, including retail pharmacy management and operations, payor and provider operations and relations, clinical pharmacy program development and implementation, regulatory compliance, procurement relations and management, strategic and creative problem solving, training and employee development, Dr. Avery is distinctively qualified to bring an authentic approach to inclusive intentional leading with passion and purpose.
Prior to starting her own company, she most recently led Kroger’s retail, mail order and central fill pharmacy teams, working closely with Kroger Specialty Pharmacy, and their retail clinics, The Little Clinic, to provide a holistic approach to healthcare in Kroger-owned retail stores. As Vice President of Pharmacy at The Kroger Co., Dr. Avery was the first female and first African American to hold this position. That feat alone provided experiences rich in life and leadership lessons to share.
While working for The Kroger Co., she also held positions including Director, Pharmacy Operations, Manager, Kroger Prescription Plans – Kroger’s PBM, Clinical Program Manager, Pharmacy Coordinator and Retail Pharmacy Manager. Additionally, she held positions with Wal-Mart and Walgreens in her early years as a practicing pharmacist. She is a member of several professional, service and leadership organizations including the American Pharmacist Association, Network of Executive Women, OH Diversity Council- Cincinnati Advisory Board, and Jack and Jill of America, Inc.- Associate, Phi Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Queen City (OH) Chapter of The Links, Inc., and Carrousels, Inc.
Dr. Avery graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana’s College of Pharmacy, where she obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree in 1997. It was there she was inducted into Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Fraternity. A graduate of the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati’s African American Leadership Development Program, Cornell University Food Executive Program, and YWCA’s Rising Star and Leadership Class, additional accolades include Progressive Grocer 2012 Top Women in Grocery Award, Founding Member, KY/OH AMCP Affiliate, and past member of The Children’s Home of Cincinnati Young Professional Board, 2015 Most Influential Woman in OH Award, and the 2016 IMS Bernie Greenberg Award, a 2017 Wise Woman by 100 Wise Women of Cincinnati.
Dr. Avery has two children; daughter, Taylor Necole, and son, Willie ”Trey” Avery, III.