WILMA’s Leadership Institute: Meet Taylor Simms

Snapshot of this year's Leadership Institute members

WILMA’s 2020 Leadership Institute, an annual nine-month program, gives area women the opportunity to learn from leaders in the region, visit a range of local companies, and serve as each others’ personal board of directors.

The program is part of WILMA’s Women to Watch Leadership Initiative, created to help develop more women leaders in our area.

Meet institute member TAYLOR SIMMS (Other class members will be profiled in future articles.)


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Title: Director of facility planning

Company: New Hanover Regional Medical Center

How long have you been with your current employer? 4 years

Alma Mater: University of Virginia

Prior Career Experience: After graduation from architecture school, worked at the University of Virginia Facilities Planning and Construction Design Group for 10 years. Relocated to San Diego, California and worked as a project manager/associate in two large healthcare/education architecture firms for a total of eight years.  Returned to the east coast to work for LS3P Architects for 11 years as a project manager/senior Associate before joining New Hanover Regional Medical Center in 2016.

Current job responsibilities: Works with the Vice President for Facilities and Support Services to set strategic priorities, goals and objectives to manage the planning and design process for both minor and major projects. Provides oversight in the development and review of construction documents.  Coordinates with a multi-disciplinary team to provide an efficient communication channel for planning and project coordination and to ensure that the work supports the strategic vision and mission of the organization. Creates and maintains interior design standards and works in conjunction with the Director of Construction to provide a fully integrated project delivery system.

Hobbies: Swimming, painting, reading, concerts and attending my son’s skateboard competitions


To learn more about WILMA’s Leadership Institute and Initiative, go to wilmamag.com/women-to-watch.

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Categories: Women to Watch
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