With Guthman watching over planning, packaging and scheduling of TV One’s programming, Q3 of 2013 saw its highest-rated summer. Meanwhile, original programming hours were upped by 20 percent year-over-year. On success, Guthman says she used to think that it meant “jumping up a rung on the ladder every two years.” These days she sees it more in terms of personal growth, and asks herself whether she loves what she does, if she’s being challenged and whether or not she’s making a difference.

How do you define a successful career?

I used to think that career success meant jumping up a rung on the ladder every two years.  I now see it in terms of personal growth:  “Do I love what I do?” “Am I challenged?” “Am I making a difference?”

Best trick for maintaining the personal-professional life balance?

Take a vacation! This year I took two weeks to embark on an African safari. I came back refreshed and beaming with ideas.

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

The gym is my home away from home. I’ve arrived at some of my best solutions while on a treadmill. Conversely, I can also be found in Cold Stone.

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