Meet Sam

As a dedicated champion of women, Sam has devoted her career to advocating and supporting women in the pursuit of their dreams. She finds that spark within and turns it into a fire. In Sam’s quest to help women achieve financial independence, she launched Park Place Payments, a company disrupting the payment processing industry with a new kind of sales force.

Since earning her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Harvard, Sam has become a best-selling author of five books, a renowned speaker and co-host of What’s Her Story With Same & Amy, a weekly podcast for iHeart featuring leading women from Glennon Doyle to Gloria Steinem. Sam’s most recent book is The Pie Life: A Guilt Free Recipe for Success and Satisfaction. She writes a popular weekly work/life newsletter on the same topic.

Sam makes regular national television appearances on shows including NBC News, The Doctors, Access Hollywood, Good Morning America, Dr. Phil and the TODAY Show, among others. She has been featured and quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Inc, Fast Company and Success Magazine. She was the host of leading Internet talk show Obsessed TV, which she created and produced with entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk.

Sam co-founded The Los Angeles Women’s Collective, aimed at supporting women to run for office nationally and win. She serves on the advisory board of the Forbes School of Business and Technology. Sam lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.

SAM’S PHILOSOPHY

After working with thousands of the busiest professionals on the planet, Sam saw a common theme. The happiest ones were the most fulfilled. Happiness is not the goal, fulfillment is. With fulfillment comes happiness and greater productivity and better relationships.

What makes a fulfilling life? It is one that plays in six or seven slices rather than one or two, some combination of career, health, relationship, children, community, friends and hobbies. When we overfocus on one slice at the expense of the others, we hurt that one slice rather than hone it. What makes it easier to play in multiple slices? It is letting go of the guilt that drags us down and letting go of perfection. When you embrace the idea that the most fulfilling lives are going to be messy, it is easier to manage the bumps. Think of your favorite pie. It probably isn’t the perfect one, it is more likely the gooey messy one that is most delicious.

Life is like pie. Dig in!