Marylou Sudders : A Day in the Life

“I am on call to the governor, lieutenant governor, and the cabinet, the secretariat, and 15 EOHHS agency heads, the state legislature, press, and the public. It is 24/7, including weekends. A ‘routine’ day starts around 5 a.m., checking emails and news outlets. If heading into the office rather than traveling to a site visit or speaking engagement, I arrive before 7 a.m. to catch up with staff, mail, press, and review the daily schedule. Meetings occur in either 30- or 45-minute increments and last into the evening. The formal workday is 14 to 16 hours. Depending on the month, I have on average three to four formal public speaking events. It is important for the public and providers to have access to public officials. I am fortunate to have recruited a wonderful group of talented key staff in the secretariat as well as appointed subject matter experts with strong interpersonal skills as commissioners and agency heads. I am proud that the commissioners of the Departments of Children and Families, Mental Health, and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission are social workers.” – Marylou Sudders

Read more of our interview with Sudders to learn more about her position in the field as a true “Role Model.”