July’s featured IEM alumna is Meridith Vinson, Senior Project Manager with Merge Healthcare. Meridith’s responsibilities include; supervising and developing new radiology and cardiology implementation projects, client upgrades, and 3rd party integrations. Prior to joining Merge Healthcare in 2005, Meridith was a Project Manager at Medmined, Inc.
Meridith received a BS in Business Administration - Management Information Systems from Auburn University. Meridith entered the IEM program in the fall of 2008 and graduated in 2010. While in the IEM program, she helped co-found the IEM Alumni Organization.
Meridith decided to enter the IEM program because she was looking for her next challenge in life. Originally she thought that an MBA program would be the way to go, but she just couldn't get excited about it. After attending one of the IEM informational sessions, her interest was piqued and she immediately enrolled.
Like many of her classmates, Meridith really enjoyed the introspective nature of the IEM program. She really took the time to question what she wanted out of life and her career. With exposure to entrepreneurship she has realized that there is more to life than "living in cubicle nation" and that one day starting a business might be in her future. In her own words, "My undergrad degree prepared me for the corporate world. The IEM Masters program prepared me for a career path that I can mold according to what I want and love."
Finally Meridith shares the following advice for anyone considering the IEM program today: "My advice to anyone considering the program is to go to one of the informational sessions or talk to anyone who has been through the program. There were times when I wondered what I had gotten myself into and I hated missing out on social events because I had to study. But in the end I am so glad I stuck with it and finished. Just as in life, you get out what you put into the program. I made some really great friends, plumped up my resume, got involved in community networking groups that I never would have otherwise, and my eyes were opened to all sorts of new opportunities in the job market. The IEM program met and exceeded my expectations."