It’s thanks to O’Brian’s leadership that Al Jazeera America has rapidly achieved a unique brand definition, crucial distribution deals and a highly committed and tireless editorial team. Devoted to spreading values with a deep social consciousness, O’Brian fears no challenge. “Making choices that force you to grow is the key for me,” she says. “If you are not challenging yourself you are not growing. Real success isn’t about money or recognition as much as it is about learning and growth.”

How do you define a successful career?

A successful career is one that is constantly evolving. Making choices that force you to grow is the key for me. If you are not challenging yourself you are not growing. Real success isn’t about money or recognition as much as it is about learning and growth.

Best trick for maintaining the personal-professional life balance?

Listening to your family and friends; they will let you know when you are off balance. A regular date night with your partner helps, too.

When not in the office, where are we most likely to find you?

Traveling with my family, at the movies, or with my nose in a novel.

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