Director of Communication, New Jersey's Atlantic Health System
Degree: MS in Communication/Health Communication
Maintaining a delicate balance between school, career and family is a challenge for every working professional, Pamela Garretson included. Garretson knew that the bulk of her online work toward her Lasell master's degree would need to be completed after her young daughters' bedtime. "While I did lose some sleep," she tells Leaves, "this flexibility allowed me to get the most out of my coursework with minimal disruption to the rest of my life." And, Garretson credits her Lasell MS in Communication with a concentration in Health Communication with giving her an edge over other candidates in advancing at New Jersey's Atlantic Health System-a six-hospital, statewide network of medical centers, services, programs and physicians. She has been promoted twice since garnering her Lasell MS, reaching her goal of becoming director of communications, overseeing the vast Morristown, NJ-based organization's public relations, internal communications and social media teams.
How has your Lasell MS degree helped your career?
I've been promoted twice recently-from manager of internal communications at Atlantic Health System to director of internal communications to director of communications. I have advanced from being a public relations coordinator at the same organization over the last 13 years and definitely feel that my Lasell degree gave me an advantage over other qualified candidates.
Where do you see yourself professionally in five years?
I can see happily remaining director of communications for quite some time. This position at this organization has been my goal.