Merlynn Carson

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Location: Columbia, MD
Founded: 2010
Industry: Professional services

Merlynn Carson

Myriddian, Staffing Solutions

Myriddian, Staffing Solutions is a woman- and physician-owned employment management and consulting company. CEO Merlynn Carson founded her company out of a belief that people shouldn’t have to accept second-rate service. “I stumbled into the staffing world, and what I saw was a mediocre industry,” she says. “I wanted to bring my healthcare background [to staffing]. This was the premise for Myriddian.”

Quick Tip: “I prefer my staff and executive team to share their talent and creativity, while following my lead to be the best we can be.”

Carson says being a young, minority woman in business has led to a “trifecta of challenges.”  “It’s sad to see that racism and ageism still exist in a world where some of the greatest minds have been young people,” Carson says. While this bothered her at first, she resolved not to let it get the best of her. “If they can’t look beyond my color, my age, my status, then they just won’t connect with what I’m doing,” she says.

Carson recently joined the board of The Little Things For Cancer, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life for cancer patients and their caregivers. “We also work with several university systems in the area,” she says. “We work with their students to provide résumé coaching and conduct on-site mock interviews.”