In an ever-changing industry like cable, the forward thinking Simons is focused on addressing the residual effects consolidation and shifting business models may have in the areas of diversity and inclusion. Simons’ supportive leadership style inspires dedication from and collaboration among his team, and through NAMIC’s 16 chapters across the country. As far as on-screen diversity, he says, “Since its debut, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’s’ casting and story- telling have captured a wide spectrum of human interactions while reflecting the diversity of the viewing audience. The show’s commitment to covering timely subject matter such as interracial marriage, elder care, race and gender relations and the LGBT community is to be commended.”

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