The first thing you should know about me is that I’m deeply committed to this vision: seeing purposeful people make the most of their gifts and opportunities. As an author, speaker, and leadership coach, I help people get clear on their calling and fully engage in life with guiding purpose.
A creative professional and a former publishing executive, I have a heart for leaders who are ready to lead with purpose, confidence, and authenticity. As a member of a family affected by serious mental illness, I hold strong convictions that each person’s life has purpose and that points of crisis are opportunities for transformation. As an experienced leader, filling roles from executive to entrepreneur, I know how to help others turn challenges into resources.
Whether speaking into a microphone or through the written word, I’m told I am a gifted communicator with a prophetic voice. I’m the author of Blessed Are the Unsatisfied: Finding Spiritual Freedom in an Imperfect World and the award-winning books Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission and Anxious: Choosing Faith in a World of Worry (all InterVarsity Press). I am a regular contributor for various publications, and I serve as a member of the board for Minds Renewed, a national consortium of Christians who serve those impacted by mental health concerns and addictive disorders.
As leadership coach, I work with Christian leaders so they can see clearly, lead boldly, and live true. A firm believer that life is too short to waste time living out of sync with God’s purposes, I challenge clients throughout the United States to step into their calling with authenticity and excellence. I specialize in working with people who find themselves on the edge of something new, whether a new role, organization, approach, project, or career.
I hold an English degree from Trinity International University, an MBA from the University of Colorado, and CPCC certification from Coaches Training Institute. I love to travel with my husband, Trevor, our two teenage girls, and our lovable dogs, Rosie and Sam. I live with these wonderful folks in the suburbs of Chicago, where I am committed to perfecting my dry sense of humor and reading nearly everything I can.
Nice Things People Say About Me
“Amy Simpson is a gifted communicator. She not only clearly shares current information about mental illness statistics, but she opens her heart and lets us know exactly how she felt while growing up with a mentally ill mother. Those of us who have a mentally ill loved one listen and nod throughout her presentation, knowing that she had walked and continues to walk the same road we walk. She spoke our language. We were encouraged, and we were reminded once again that we are not alone. Thank you, Amy!”
–Maralee Parker, NAMI Kane County North, Elgin, IL
“Where others may have seen failed or lost potential, Amy saw the real me buried deep within walls of shame, fear and confusion and tenderly, yet tenaciously invited and encouraged that true self out of me. I had stopped believing that real me was even there. Amy not only saw her, but helped me to see and believe in her as well and gave me the tools, time, and support I needed to welcome her back into the world. She was tenacious in her pursuit of my growth as a person, unwilling to be deterred by my fears or false ideas. I completely trusted her in our coaching sessions and found myself not only wanting to be a better person because of our time together but actually becoming that better person.”
–Tracy R., coaching client
“Amy Simpson is one of the smartest, most professional, organized, thoughtful and fun people I have ever worked with or for. She inspires and motivates those who work around her. She’s great!”
Author, Mama’s Got a Fake I.D. and Grumble Hallelujah
“Amy is a creative and amazingly talented writer, editor, and leader. Her kindness, humor, and talent are an asset to any team fortunate enough to work with her!”
Executive Editor/Champion at Group Publishing
“The one thing that becomes clear when working with Amy is that she is a wise, passionate, bottom line thinker that understands the challenges of aligning mission and financial health and strength. She effectively leverages her understanding of ministry, business, marketing and management to quickly identify objectives and develop workable, strategic plans to ensure our success. She is a joy and pleasure to work with.”
Senior Vice President, Advertising and Circulation at Christianity Today
“Amy is one of the strongest leaders I’ve ever worked with. She leads with courage and focus, and she gets results. And her teams love to work for her.”
Associate Rector at Church of the Resurrection
© 2011 Amy Simpson.