Gloria R. Samuels, 2009 Honoree

Vice president, information systems
Amgen Inc.
Thousand Oaks, , Calif.
First job:
Best mentoring relationship:
"I have many. My best are the unofficial mentoring relationships that are grown spontaneously."
Passion outside of work:
"My family. I am a business leader, a mother and a wife."
What's in your MP3 player?
"My workout music. I work out every morning at 4:30 a.m. to stay balanced."
Favorite book:
"Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born, by Jamie Lee Curtis. It's a children's book about adoption that I read over and over to my two beautiful adopted children."
What about you would surprise the people you work with?
"My husband and I grew up across the street from each other -- but we didn't marry until I was in my mid-30s."
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"Do the right thing. Be comfortable operating at different altitudes. Believe in your people, and ensure they are set up to succeed. And always model the behavior you expect of others."
"Aha" leadership moment:
"In wrapping up a 33-month ERP program, where people worked incredibly hard and we delivered what outside experts told us should have taken 48 to 60 months, I was pleasantly surprised to see an overwhelming number of staff wanting to re-up. They believed
View All 2009 »