During the past year, Sams has been pivotal in the success of the AT&T-Time Warner merger, her second merger since joining Turner 25 years ago. As Turner focuses on learning more about viewers, Sams and her team are focusing on issues of privacy and data security. With the constant uneasiness in current events, she has also prioritized the protection of Turner employees. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is among the women she looks toward for inspiration. “I admire her tenacity, her intellect and her quiet strength,” Sams says. “She has always focused on human rights and equality, never wanting any credit for her efforts.”
Who is an inspirational woman you admire, and why?
Having recently watched the documentary “RBG,” I must mention Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a woman who has done so much in her career to further women’s rights. She has been a trailblazer, but always patient and deliberate in fostering change one case at a time when she was a lawyer. I admire her tenacity, her intellect, and her quiet strength. She has always focused on human rights and equality, never wanting any credit for her efforts.
What’s been the most dramatic change in your sector of the business today vs. three years ago?
The biggest change is that all lawyers need to understand technology. Given that our business is affected by the accelerating changes in technology and related consumer behaviors, lawyers need to understand the technology and how it impacts our intellectual property. We need to use the technology so that we can help the businesses think through the opportunities. We need to understand the use of data in advertising and marketing, enabled by technology, because of the privacy implications. Perhaps we don’t need to know how to code, but maybe next year!