Ahnal Purohit, PhD (Former Faculty) President & CEO, Purohit Navigation Ahnal Purohit received her Ph.D. in psychometrics at the University of Delaware and settled in Illinois where she spent seven years as a professor at the University of Illinois, College of Pharmacy, teaching research methodology, statistics and pharmacy administration. In 1982, she gave up her tenure at the university and transitioned naturally into healthcare marketing, ultimately becoming vice president of market research for a major company. It was here she found that the deeper she delved into marketing, the more apparent it became that her scientific prowess provided a solid basis for her intuitive and creative insights. Ahnal's innovative spirit is what led her to leave and take her next big step: cofounding the company now known as Purohit Navigation, one of the largest independent healthcare communications companies led by a minority woman. While Ahnal blazes distinct paths for each of her clients' brands, she manages to remain grounded by supporting many charitable, humanitarian, and environmental causes. She is the recipient of many industry and organizational awards, including being named one of PharmaVOICE's 100 Most Inspiring People in the Life Sciences Industry.