“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
The quote above, which actually is a partial quote by Steve Jobs, cofounder of Apple Inc., is a favorite of Suzanne Simons, executive director. Simons says this message perfectly sums up how she feels about her own career in the nonprofit healthcare sector—an arena to which she gravitated early and that, she says, “really continues to resonate with me.”
No doubt, Simons loves what she does. She worked for the National Headache Foundation (NHF) in Chicago for 23 years, helping to transform it from a small physician-originated group to a leading health education and advocacy organization. Prior to joining AMC in 2013, she served for several years as a communications and public relations consultant for pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, but missed interacting with others and the outcomes that face-to-face engagement can produce.
One of Simons’ strong suits has always been the ability to forge meaningful partnerships; throughout her career, this strength has helped her become an expert in cultivating strategic alliances, developing coalitions, and fostering a collaborative work environment. She understands the benefits of working together and bringing different perspectives to her client projects at AMC.