Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy To Speak at Lexington Chamber Breakfast
Unprecedented growth; the phrase that describes what Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation has experienced under the leadership of President, CEO and Owner Lou Kennedy, the keynote speaker at the next Business Over Breakfast on Tuesday, October 12 at 7:30 a.m. at RADIUS Church.
Kennedy has held a variety of marketing and operational roles at Nephron and created the Nephron national sales force. The company employs nearly 2,000 people, produces one billion doses of life-saving medication annually and is a nationwide leader in manufacturing opioid-free pain management drugs.
Kennedy has been widely recognized for her achievements in business and leadership. As a worldwide pandemic reached South Carolina, Governor Henry McMaster appointed Kennedy to #acceleratesc – the state’s coordinated COVID-19 advisory and recovery team.
The S.C. Chamber of Commerce celebrated Kennedy as its 2020 Business Leader of the Year.
She has won Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Regional Award and an Outstanding Leadership Award from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), at the NAM Institute STEP Ahead Women’s event. Nephron won an honorable mention award for Global Facility of the Year in 2017 from the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE). The award hailed Nephron innovation and automation. Kennedy, now a member of the judge’s panel for the global facility of the year award, joined the ISPE board of directors in 2019.
In addition to serving on the ISPE board, Kennedy is Chairman of S.C. BIO, a statewide association promoting the life sciences industry. Kennedy is a member of the Columbia Urban League board and a recipient of the Urban League’s award for impact on education. Kennedy is Governor McMaster’s appointee to the South Carolina Research Authority executive committee. She is past Chairman of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.
Kennedy received South Carolina’s highest civilian honor, the Order of the Palmetto, from Governor Nikki Haley in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding service. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations from the University of South Carolina.
Hear Kennedy’s keynote address by registering for Business Over Breakfast. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance. Registration will close Friday, October 8 at 2 p.m. This Business Over Breakfast is sponsored by Budget Blinds of Lexington and Chapin.