Simmons is a people person in all senses of the word. She’s responsible for leading HR and organizational effectiveness for the Central Division. In that role, she also oversees all people-related functions including compensation and benefits, diversity, employee relations, labor relations and talent acquisition. Simmons would love to have shared a meal with Benazir Bhutto, the first female prime minister of a Muslim country, who was assassinated in 2007. “She stood up to seemingly insurmountable odds and made a major impact in a country where all of the circumstances were aligned against her. I’d like to hear how she was able, for so long, to persevere.”
Who is your favorite current female TV character and why?
Issa Rae who plays “Issa Dee” on HBO’s “Insecure” is my current favorite female TV character because she’s flawed, funny, and fabulous. She’s unapologetic about how she lives her life and knows when it’s time to say “I’m sorry.” She’s my friend…in my head.
What famous woman, living or deceased, would you like to have dinner with?
I’d love to have dinner with Benazir Bhutto. She was the first female prime minister of a Muslim country. She helped to move Pakistan from a dictatorship to democracy, becoming Prime Minister in 1988. She sought to implement social reforms, in particular helping women and the poor. She was assassinated in 2007. (Source for bio info – biographyonline.com) She stood up to seemingly insurmountable odds and made a major impact in a country where ALL of the circumstances were aligned against her. I’d like to hear how she was able, for so long, to persevere.
Best advice for relieving stress?
I learned this from Nick Petrie, Center for Creative Leadership. The key for relieving stress is to stop ruminating! There are some key steps to achieve that goal that I rely on every day.