Dietetic Career Spotlight: Kate Myerson RD, CD, CDE
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on FEBRUARY 27, 2013
Being a Registered Dietitian can run in the family. Meet Kate Myerson, a second generation RD, who’s also found her calling by helping people reach their weight and health goals. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
I imagine I was attracted early on. Looking back there are a few signs that I would one day become an RD including, my grandmother being an RD, being so fascinated by green beans that turned purple that I brought them in for show-and-tell and winning an award in home economics in the 8th grade.
Your Job Title?
Business Development Manager
Company you are with now?
Describe a typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you:
A typical day for me would begin and also end with checking my e-mail. The rest of my day is filled with meetings and frequently travel to such meetings. My meetings take place with RD’s in hospitals, clinics, businesses and universities as well as with hospital administrators, HR and
student affairs personnel. I work for a clinically proven, behavior based, online weight management program which is a mouthful and I try my best to explain what that means for their patients, employees or students. The best part of my job is telling healthcare exec’s and others, what it takes to be an RD and why they bring such value to our program. I also teach Vtrim’s online classes in the evening and review lessons and journals at night.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
I applied to be a facilitator with the program after a colleague mentioned the program during a presentation on coaching skills. After completing the facilitator training and my first class I was hooked; teaching an online program was very rewarding, more so than my experience at the time providing 1:1 counseling in the hospital setting. I was eager to teach more classes and passionate about what I was doing, that ultimately lead to being offered a full time position with the company growing the program nationally.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I have always been persistent, dedicated and independent, but I have never been the outgoing type. Being passionate about what I do has pushed me to places I never thought I would go and forced me to develop skills such as being more assertive and speaking in public.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Take risks, aim high and don’t set barriers for yourself. I had great preceptors and managers when I started as a dietitian and now and they were knowledgeable, set an excellent example and never once set boundaries. (Thanks Marilou, Sue, Meghan, Mandi and Krista!)
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
Exotic vacations, and I would work remotely from wherever I am in the world.