Katie Bahr contributed to this timeline.
When Mamie Murphy (EMBA’19) moved to Nashville a few years ago, she worked to revamp the client services department of a business doing complex medical claims management. However, “I always had the intention of leaving (the company) after I got them on their feet and ready to transition to selling the business,” she explained.
During fall of 2017, Murphy took not one but two steps forward in her career: changing jobs and starting Vanderbilt’s Executive MBA program. In fact, when her current employer Premise Health began recruiting her, Murphy was only two weeks from starting her EMBA. Premise honored the time commitment she needed to gain more executive skills.
“Premise was well aware of my educational goals when they hired me and have been very supportive,” Murphy said. “My boss thinks education is essential, and the company’s openness to my EMBA was definitely a reason I went with them.”
Less than 18 months into her Executive MBA program and her time at Premise, Murphy earned a promotion to become Associate Vice President of Growth Strategy. She also decided to take the next step in starting a family, and expects her first child later this summer.
Click through her timeline below to find out how she has succeeded in balancing work, life, and her degree.