Board of Directors, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association
Chairman of the Board, Philips Medical Capital
As president of Healthcare and Technology at DLL, Amy Nelson is responsible for the end-to-end execution of the company’s healthcare, clean technology, office equipment and tech solutions strategies in the United States.
VISION FOR THE FUTURE:
“In an ideal world, as women assume more leadership roles, teams will be built upon differing perspectives that create a robust, cumulative vision. A leader can’t know everything about all functions, but embracing a team with a breadth of knowledge, skills and viewpoints can help an organization remain innovative.”
Nelson started her career in public accounting before entering the leasing industry, where she’s held numerous roles over the last 29 years. She joined DLL in September 2001 as senior vice president of Finance, before following a path through different specialties of DLL’s business. Nelson recognized the important milestone of her appointment to Healthcare president, noting how significant it was to be the first woman to hold the position of global business unit president at DLL.
“Amy’s courage, passion, intensity and transparency make her an incredibly valuable member of both DLL and our industry. She is very authentic, very determined and sets clear direction,” says Bill Stephenson, CEO of DLL. “Both our organization and our customers have benefited from her leadership. She helped us align by putting the customer at the center of everything we do. In her former role as a sales leader, she had direct access to our customers and could easily identify their needs. In her role now, that customer intimacy translates into delivering solutions that meet those needs and create value.”
Nelson attributes much of her success to a rock-solid support system, including her husband of 32 years and her three children. Their support enabled her to take bold chances — like moving her family to a different state or giving her the confidence she needed to find her footing when she felt unsure — that helped to advance her career while also reminding her to keep a well-rounded life beyond the four walls of an office.
She also credits DLL with providing opportunities to work on a number of projects within the organization, allowing her to learn and experience different aspects of the business and create a well-rounded foundation. Nelson believes career growth cannot advance strictly vertically — sometimes it needs to jump laterally or even down and over — in order to create long-term, sustainable corporate value. This progression is reflected in her own professional trajectory.
“I’m grateful to have been supported by numerous champions within DLL,” she says. “Creating a network, building relationships and having trusted sponsors are critical in order to expand your opportunities.”