Executive Assistant of the Week: San Diego
Cindy Thomas is the Administrative Manager at AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AMN), the nation’s largest healthcare workforce solutions company where she is responsible for supporting the CEO and board of directors. Cindy joined AMN in 2002 as the Executive Assistant to the COO. Proving to be an effective and integral part of the organization, her responsibilities increased as the company grew. In 2007, Cindy was promoted to Administrative Manager, providing her the opportunity to lead and advocate for the entire executive assistant team. In this position, she was able to foster a collaborative and dynamic environment as well as provide professional development opportunities to her colleagues. She also successfully led the implementation of enterprise programs that impacted team members company-wide. Prior to joining AMN, Cindy was a sales assistant at an investment firm and an executive assistant at an internet media organization. Cindy currently lives in San Diego, CA and is a devoted wife and proud mother of two boys.
Cindy will be one of the distinguished contributors at the ELS Forum: San Diego on November 7-8, 2018
1) In your mind, what is one tool you can’t live without or find especially helpful in your position?
I am often participating in meetings or working on projects away from my desk. Technology with mobile capabilities is key to helping me remain accessible and productive while I am on the go.
2) Looking back, what advice would you give yourself when you were first starting your career?
Hone those “people skills!” Effectively putting emotional intelligence into practice can foster strong relationships and create the best outcomes when managing interactions or situations. It’s never too early to start practicing the art of EQ.
3) How do you define success within your role as an executive assistant?
It is rewarding to see how my contributions make a positive impact, whether it be through helping colleagues achieve their goals or finding creative solutions to overcome challenges. The definition of success to me is when I have made a difference in someone’s day.