The Power of a Mentor

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The Power of a Mentor

In this episode, Ceci Connolly, President and CEO at Alliance of Community Health Plans, speaks with Lisa Simpson, CEO, AcademyHealth about women in leadership, how leadership can sometimes find you,…
November 23, 2022

The Power of a Mentor

Meet Lisa Simpson:

Lisa Simpson, M.B., B.Ch. President and Chief Executive Officer of AcademyHealth. Before joining AcademyHealth, Dr. Simpson was a professor of pediatrics, first as an Endowed Chair in Child Health Policy at the University of South Florida and then as the Director of the Child Policy Research Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Simpson received her undergraduate and medical degrees at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and an MPH at the University of Hawaii.

Key Insights:

Lisa Simpson, M.B., B.Ch. explores the combination of serendipity and hard work that defined her career.


Know Your Audience. Dr. Simpson had to learn the power of her words as a leader. It’s important to signal to staff whether an idea is just brainstorming or a directive. 

The Value of Mentors. Don’t rely on just one mentor. Different mentors can provide unique perspective and advice for different aspects of your career. Additionally, mentors can help you build your network and open doors to more opportunities. 

Maintaining Network. Essential to Dr. Simpson’s career was not just building her network, but also maintaining her network of mentors and peers. Friendships must be nurtured over time. Don’t forget to reach out to your connections! 


This episode is hosted by Ceci Connolly. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and President and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans.

Relevant Links:

Learn more about Lisa Simpson, B.M., B.Ch

Read “October 2022 Advocacy Update from Lisa Simpson”

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