“Meet Grand Rounds” is a series of interviews introducing some of the people working to make quality health care accessible to everyone, everywhere.
The Marketing team at Grand Rounds is responsible for communicating the value of Grand Rounds’ offerings to different audiences including employers, patients, providers, and industry influencers. Meet our Senior Proposal Manager, Ariana Brookes, in the Q&A below.
What do you do at Grand Rounds?
I work on the Marketing team as the senior proposal manager. Together with the Grand Rounds Sales team (and a group of subject matter experts), I draft proposals in response to RFIs and RFPs (Requests for Information and Requests for Proposals) that we receive from prospective customers. These proposals help us win new business and bring new customers on board.
What inspired you to join Grand Rounds?
When I first learned about the opportunity at Grand Rounds, and read about the products and services we provide, I realized I had the chance to use my skills to help people in their daily lives, and in a truly critical area – health care. Grand Rounds’ mission to help make excellent health care accessible to the masses really resonated with me, and I wanted to be a part of it.
What’s been your most memorable/rewarding Grand Rounds moment so far?
My most memorable/rewarding moment at Grand Rounds so far has been the feeling I get when I tell people where I work and what we do and I see the respect and excitement for our cause on their faces. I am so happy to be a part of what we are doing here. That feeling never gets old!
How did you get started in your career field?
I’ve known that I was going to be a writer since I was about five years old. I studied American Literature as an undergraduate at UCLA and was a columnist for the Daily Bruin. After earning my master’s degree in Magazine Journalism from NYU, I worked in the publishing industry in NYC before moving back home and taking my first proposal writing job at a Los Angeles tech company. I’ve since spent the last ten years working as a copywriter and proposal writer for tech-focused companies in Las Vegas and San Francisco.
If you could change one thing in U.S. health care, what would it be?
If I could change one thing in U.S. health care, it would be to give all Americans access to quality health care at an affordable cost.
What are you most passionate about outside of the office?
Outside of the office and my work as a writer, I am most passionate about being the best mom I can be to my five-year-old daughter!
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
I would love the ability to control time—to slow it down sometimes and linger in the sweet moments and speed it up at other times to get through the tough ones. And it wouldn’t hurt to have a few more hours in the day sometimes, too!
Meet more Grand Rounds employees here.