#IAmGalen: Julie Champagne, Associate Marketing Consultant

#IAmGalen: Julie Champagne, Associate Marketing Consultant

JulieChampagneWhat was your background prior to joining Galen, and what do you do here?

I graduated from UVM with a degree in Public Communication and a minor in Nutrition. I spent my post-grad summer as a Bar Manager then briefly worked in a Sales/Customer Service position before joining the Galen team later that fall. I originally started at our Burlington,VT office as an Administrative Assistant but eventually transferred to the Boston office as an Associate Marketing Consultant. I now handle all our social media platforms; manage and write for our blog and case studies; develop webcasts; help organize our presence at events/conferences; and produce various thought leadership and other marketing materials.

What were you looking for during your job search?  What made you choose Galen?

To be completely honest I wasn’t totally sure what I was looking for in my job search. All of my internships from college were in events, but after discovering wedding planning wasn’t my thing, I just wanted something where I could put my organizing skills to good use and get my foot in the door to the 9-5 world.

I found Galen when I was looking for admin positions. I have always been interested in healthcare so it immediately stood out to me as a place where I could grow. From my initial interactions with the company, you could tell they were different. I was determined to be a part of it, whether I fully understood what an EHR was or not! 🙂

How did you get involved in marketing at Galen? What makes the team unique?

While I started as an Administrative Assistant, I was also asked to help out on various marketing tasks. Marketing was always a company-wide effort as our marketing “department” solely consisted of our VP. Over time I began to take responsibility of our Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. As people who previously owned certain sections of our marketing efforts got busier, I began to take over more and more pieces of the puzzle. Eventually the transition seemed natural. Getting to move to Boston was just icing on the cake!

For starters, what makes our team unique is that it’s just the two of us. From the fast-paced and ever changing nature of the health IT industry to the continual growth of Galen’s services and solutions, there’s a lot to cover, but I feel lucky! I mean how many recent college grads get to report to their company’s VP of Marketing!? I learn something new every day and have hands-on experience in so many different areas of marketing. That’s Galen for you though! Not only is communication completely open all the way up to our CEO, but we’re all given continuous opportunities to grow and expand our skills.

Coming from a non-IT background, how did you adapt and integrate that into your writing and production of marketing materials?

Getting a grasp on the health IT industry has certainly been a transition! Lucky for me, I work with some of the brightest minds in the industry. Our Knowledge Center and Wiki is extensive, and people are always willing to help you out. I think it helps to approach every new subject matter by trying to understand it from every involved party’s point-of-view. It enables you to convey personality through your writing and connect easier with your reader.

Every project I take on requires research, but it’s fascinating. Health IT has the power to change the way we look at healthcare. I’m proud to be a part of it.

What achievement are you most proud of?

We were recently awarded Best Social Media Program at the Health IT Marketing & PR Conference (HITMC) in Vegas! To be recognized among the ranks of some of the best in the business was an awesome feeling! Also being published in For The Record and Becker’s Hospital Review was pretty amazing too 🙂

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from working at Galen?

Your job doesn’t have to be just a job. I’ve never met people more dedicated to their work and their co-workers at the same time.  It’s evident when people are happy where they work, not only from their attitude but the work they produce. Galen employees are always willing to go the extra mile to solve client problems. We are truly a family, it’s the whole inspiration behind this series. People can say what they want about company culture, but do it right and it can drive the passion and momentum for your entire organization.

Caught the Galen culture bug? Meet some other awesome Galeneers here.

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