Affinity Strategies

Meet the Affinity Team: Amy Thomasson

Amy Thomasson
October 14, 2021

Describe your job in a tweet (i.e. up to 280 characters).
I partner with medical societies and associations to help them achieve their mission and vision. Additionally, I drive marketing and membership strategy and implementation to amplify the voice, values, and activities of Affinity’s diverse client base of healthcare and medical organizations.

What was your favorite subject in school and why did you enjoy it?
I enjoyed journalism classes in high school and college and for a brief period fancied myself as the next Bob Woodward or Carl Bernstein. While I switched majors and graduated with a BA in Communication, I feel like I still get to employ my storytelling skills by sharing the stories of the healthcare heroes Affinity helps support as well as through my volunteer work as a speaker and presenter.

What three words would friends use to describe you?
Loyal, creative, and driven

What is your proudest accomplishment?
I had a lot of speech issues as a child, so I’m really proud of how I’ve gone from struggling with my speech to presenting on more than 30 stages as a speaker on topics like personal branding and women’s professional development.

Aside from necessities, what is one thing could you not go a day without?
My vice and weakness is chocolate. I feel like any day can be improved with chocolate. Anyone who has lived with me knows not to let the chocolate stash get too low!

What was the last book you read and why did you enjoy (or not enjoy) it?
I just started Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America. I’m only a few pages in right now, but I can already tell that it’ll be an enlightening read.

Who is your biggest influence and why?
My parents have been my guidepost and my lighthouse. They’ve made me feel safe and loved, shaped my values and work ethic, and illuminated my path.

What song or album could you listen to on repeat?
There are a few albums that instantly take me back to important times in my life. They include Nirvana’s Nevermind, Bloc Party’s Silent Alarm, and Jay-Z’s The Black Album.

What is something that you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t?
I’ve long dreamed about doing solo travel across Europe and South America. I’m directionally challenged, but maybe I can make it work with some language lessons and my smartphone.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
My parents taught me the importance of being independent and finding my own place in the world. It’s important to support yourself so that you can support others.