Janet Edwards – Alumni Diversity Award
JANET EDWARDS (’95, BS, Pharmacy)
Senior Account Specialist for Respiratory Biologics, GlaxoSmithKline
A native of Siler City, NC and now a 25-year Washingtonian, Janet has worked 23 years for GlaxoSmithKline in pharmaceutical sales, where she started with the company as an intern. She is currently a Senior Executive Account Specialist in the Respiratory Biologics Specialty Business Unit. In 1995, Janet graduated from The University of North Carolina with a B.S. in Pharmacy, and in 2021 she will graduate from The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy with an M.S. in Regulatory Science. She is a member of The Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society and The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Janet recently served on the Board of Directors of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Alumni Association for six years and is a current member of its Foundation Board of Directors, and she is also a member of the UNC Alumni Committee on Racial & Ethnic Diversity.
While at UNC, Janet was the President of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association, a member of Order of the Bell Tower, and a member of the Theta Pi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (and is now a Silver Star member).
One of Janet’s proudest moments was her election as Mentor of the Year in 2018 by Capital Partners for Education in Washington, DC, helping students navigate their college and career paths. She says her morals rest on serving others in the same way that countless people have helped in her educational and career endeavors.