EVP, Turner Broadcasting System

As the person in charge of all of Turner’s legal matters, Sams has a hand in acquisitions, jvs, production and content clearance, intellectual property protection, employment matters and more. And she has a truly global mindset, an especially good thing considering that she directs a staff of lawyers located in Atlanta, L.A., London, Hong Kong, Seoul, Mumbai, Tokyo, Sydney, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo. She’d job-swap for a month with another sort of world traveler: Anthony Bourdain. “Travel is the best education and allows you to learn from people of different backgrounds and cultures,” she says.

What’s your favorite part of your job?
Solving problems, particularly with groups of people. The fun is confronting an issue, discussing ways to deal with it, having different perspectives and devising a solution that works for everyone. It’s a terrific mental challenge and rewarding collaboration.
 
How do you define success in the workplace?
Success should be measured by the contribution a person makes to her team and to business results. In leadership, it means motivating teams and seeking ways to improve, anticipating changes and developing future leaders.
 
Who would you want to swap jobs with for a month and why?

I would like to swap jobs with Anthony Bourdain who travels the world for his CNN show. Travel is the best education and allows you to learn from people of different backgrounds and cultures.

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