What is an influencer? Simply put, it is one who wields influence, no social media account needed. They are the people, be they civil leaders, CEOs, or media personalities, who see something they want to do and have the skills, reputation, and willpower to make sure it gets done. They are the movers and shakers, the leaders who shape the future of our state.
Arkansas Money and Politics is proud to honor this year’s influencers.
2023 AMP Influencer: Marcy Doderer, President & CEO, Arkansas Children’s Hospital
What’s your secret to success?
There is not a silver bullet or one simple thing. First, each person should determine their own definition of success. Then, I think it’s a combination of ambition, vision, hard work, good mentors and luck.
Who were your mentors or inspirations?
I had many mentors over the years – mostly my direct supervisors, who helped me do well in the current job and make a plan for how to move forward, upward and onward. I owe a lot to key individuals who took a chance on me when I was young and had limited experience. I am always inspired by leaders who project a bold vision and an authentic approach to work.
Have you mentored others?
One of my favorite and most satisfying roles is serving as a mentor to young leaders who show amazing potential. It is incredibly rewarding to help someone develop a plan to achieve her career aspirations.
How did your education prepare you for your career?
I was exposed to health care, specifically at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, at an early age and knew that I wanted to pursue a career in healthcare administration. I worked towards furthering my education to prepare me for this career by obtaining my BS in Finance from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, and my MA in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Iowa. The project work I encountered through my master’s program provided a wonderful opportunity to work with great leaders solving real problems.
What’s your most productive part of the day?
Early mornings, when the office is very quiet, and I use my dedicated “thinking time” – which is blocked on my calendar each morning.
What’s your morning routine like?
Typically my morning includes going for a walk with my husband and dog and enjoying a cup of coffee.