Investing in the Future

Investing in the Future

by Sharyn Kopf — Marketing

December 14, 2009

Everyone’s talking about health care nowadays. But one Cedarville University alumnus is doing more than just talk about it.

After graduating in May 2009 with a degree in communication arts, Sterling Meyers headed to Washington, D.C., to work at the Galen Institute — a non-profit policy research organization devoted exclusively to advancing free-market ideas in health policy. Sterling’s job involves building and deepening coalitions of organizations around the ideas of increased competition and consumer choice in the health sector.

Sterling experienced D.C. while still a junior at Cedarville, when she spent a semester studying and working through a partnership program with Georgetown University. “During my semester in D.C.,” she says, “I interned at The Washington Times while taking classes in economics and public policy. This experience helped prepare me for my current position.”

Dr. Deb Haffey, professor of communication arts, was instrumental to Sterling’s success, playing a pivotal role throughout her college years. Sterling took Fundamentals of Speech from Dr. Haffey as a freshman and ended with Haffey’s Advanced Public Speaking course as a senior.

But, Sterling says, “although I benefitted from the different classes I took from Dr. Haffey, her influence in my life extended beyond the classroom. Not only was she my academic advisor, but she also encouraged me throughout my college years, both personally and spiritually.”

Sterling is also participating in the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation’s year-long associate program, an opportunity she learned about during her semester in D.C. The aim of the program is to provide management training, professional development, and the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve career potential.

Besides working four days a week at a reputable non-profit organization, the program requires that associates spend one day a week learning and applying Market-Based Management®, a “framework for understanding how an organization survives, prospers, and grows in the long term.” In addition, associates listen to speakers, participate in workshops, and discuss readings from a variety of disciplines. The goal is to better understand why free markets foster prosperous societies and how such principles can inspire the development of a prosperous organization.

Though she hasn’t been away from Cedarville for even a year yet, Sterling remains thankful for the friends she made and for the professors who invested in her life and career, all of whom helped make her current success a reality.