Three Wise Dames

Marketing in the Life Science Industry

3WD Interview–Betsy Merryman June 21, 2011

Filed under: 3WD Interviews,Barbara,Betsy,Public Relations — Barbara Kowalski @ 4:23 pm

Betsy Merryman and I worked together at Fischer Health before it was purchased by Porter Novelli. Betsy was a true mentor, and even though we’ve both moved on we
have continued to stay in touch. She recently started Merryman

Betsy Merryman

  • How did you arrive in your current role?

Because I decided I wanted to quote Frank Sinatra and “Do it my way.”  Seriously, I wanted to find a way to do what I do best (partner with clients and team members in strategic communications) but without having to do it the typical agency way, which always burned me out with hours that were too long and too much travel – all of which took me away from my family too much.  Now I get to do what I like and be home for dinner.

  • What do you love most about the work you do?

I LOVE (and yes, with a capital LOVE) learning, and I’m always learning from new situations and opportunities, clients, team members, colleagues (including the Three Wise Dames) and my students.

  • Where is the most exotic place in the world that you’ve eaten?

The Peking duck was better in Hong Kong than it was in Beijing.  But then again that was a long time ago – and telling you how long ago will make me feel old.

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Merryman Communications Home Page

Twitter: @betsymerryman

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Barb’s Truths March 25, 2011

Filed under: Barbara — Barbara Kowalski @ 4:25 pm

Public relations is not just media relations.

Communications can and should be tied to business results.
Corporate culture starts from the top and works its way down to every level of the organization–for better or for worse.
Good reputations are built by consistently doing the right things for the right reasons; it takes time and intention for it to pay dividends on a rainy day.
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Barbara’s answers February 24, 2011

Filed under: 3WD Interviews,Barbara,Debbie,Lisa — Debbie Donovan @ 7:41 pm
  • How did you arrive in your current role?

“I’ve always loved writing and as a result, pursued my journalism degree. After college, I realized that entry level journalists with degrees were paid less than I was making working at a temp agency while still in college. Soon, I realized that public relations used the same skill set–the ability to write well and an understanding of what made a good story–and were paid a lot more money, so I quickly made the switch.”

  • What do you love most about the work you do?

“At the heart of what I do in health care communications is the ability to make a difference. In any given day, I may help educate physicians and patients about the benefits of a new, more minimally invasive procedure that provide great outcomes with shorter recovery time or make hospitals aware of a faster, more cost-effective diagnostic test that can be administered right at the point of care and help stop the spread of serious infections.”

  • Where is the most exotic place in the world that you’ve eaten a meal?

“One time in Mexico I had a taco that was cooked on a hibachi strapped to the back of a bicycle. It was supposed to be chicken, but I really couldn’t tell for sure.  It was actually tasty and there were no negative G.I. repercussions.”

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Lisa’s answers February 4, 2011

Filed under: 3WD Interviews,Barbara,Debbie,Lisa — Lisa Pohmajevich @ 6:37 pm

  • How did you arrive in your current role?

“Having started my career in the clinical setting as a nurse, then seizing the opportunity to use that expertise commercializing medical devices in the corporate world, the obvious next stage was to move to consulting with companies developing health care leapfrog technologies and solutions.”

  • What do you love most about the work you do?

“Discovering the needle-in-the-haystack key elements that serve as the ‘X  marks the spot’ where new technologies intersect with the ideal customer. Designing and implementing a business plan that takes advantage of that moment is exhilarating and experiencing it work is like watching magic unfold.”

  • Where is the most exotic place in the world that you’ve eaten a meal?

“For many summer vacations I whitewater rafted down incredible rivers through breathtaking canyons.  The most spectacular of those experiences was Bio-Bio river in Chile. While sitting upstream and in clear view of Class V rapids, with the ever puffing volcano Callaqui in the distance, we dined on Medallones de filete and Pisco Sours.  The Pisco numbed our nerves, the  ‘white noise’ of the rapids lulled us to sleep in that moment of euphoria-laced-anxiety.”

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Deb’s answers

Filed under: 3WD Interviews,Barbara,Debbie,Lisa — Debbie Donovan @ 6:36 pm

  • How did you arrive in your current role?
    “After spending the first part of my career in agency environments and the next part in the corporate environment, it was natural for me to evolve into a marketing consultant.”
  • What do you love most about the work you do?
    “The intersection of electronic marketing channels and health care has fascinated me for many years. Helping my medical device clients navigate legal and regulatory channels to leverage electronic marketing opportunities is so much fun I can hardly stand it. The ability to measure and report metrics (real-time market research) is especially exciting because at the start of my career I couldn’t have imagined this was possible.”
  • Where is the most exotic place in the world that you’ve eaten a meal?
    In college, I participated in the Semester at Sea abroad program so there were many exotic places to eat local food. I think the Bejing University student cafeteria was my favorite. Since I was the bravest, I was asked to taste the options and recommend which of my fellow student travelers would like eating them. Alas, I couldn’t convince anyone to enjoy (what I think was) a sea sponge side dish; oh well, their loss.”

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ThreeWiseDames Interview Questions

Filed under: 3WD Interviews,Barbara,Debbie,Lisa — Debbie Donovan @ 6:25 pm

In 2011, Three Wise Dames want to highlight some of our favorite wise marketing colleagues and the products and services they own or market. Since there are three of us, we decided to ask three simple questions:

  • How did you arrive in your current role?
  • What do you love most about the work you do?
  • Where is the most exotic place in the world that you’ve eaten a meal?

Of course, we needed to answer these questions ourselves so here are links to our answers:

We look forward to spreading the word about those we admire!

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Three Wise Dames First Birthday January 18, 2011

Filed under: Barbara,Debbie,Lisa — Debbie Donovan @ 1:35 am
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Lisa, Barb, Deb on 1/15/11

This past weekend one of the three wise dames celebrated an actual birthday (thanks to Cheryl, Laurel and Stanley for joining us). We won’t tell you who and we won’t tell you how old; however we decided that we would share our stats from our first year of blogging.

Thanks to everyone that followed along and supported us. We welcome your comments, so please post here. We’ve got fun things planned for 2011 so we hope you will tell your friends to subscribe.

In 2010, there were 35 new posts, not bad for the first year!  The busiest day of the year was April 28th with 63 views.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,800 times in 2010. That’s about 9 full 747s.

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1. About Debbie Donovan

2. About Lisa Pohmajevich

3. About Barbara Kowalski

4. *ThreeWiseDames

5. She Who Must Be Obeyed

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