Meet the Pride Worldwide: Samantha O’Connor

Global Community Experience Manager in Waltham, Massachusetts

Last Updated: November 1, 2019 3:27PM

Meet Samantha O’Connor

We caught up with Samantha, our Global Community Experience Manager in Waltham. When she’s not hard at work building a community for her clients, you can find her outside appreciating the views around the office, or dreaming of her sweet rescue pup back home.

Lionbridge Global Community Experience Manager, Samantha O'Connor


What does a typical work day look like for you?

Usually my day starts with a large iced coffee and catching up on emails. After that there are many ways that my day can go – from working on the latest presentation, to writing the community newsletter, or starting new projects.


What is your favorite place in your office?

The best place is actually outside the office. While the weather is still warm(ish), I like to walk to a patio  overlooking the reservoir. I love going and there to clear my head and any mental block I may have.


What is the best part of your job?

How creative I can be! My dream job is one where I impact the experience that our translation community has with us, and that we have with our community.

six hands joined together by holding wrists representing the community Lionbridge is building for our translators
Stronger community, easier job access, faster payments – Samantha’s dreams for Lionbridge Translators

What is the most exciting opportunity on the horizon for your team this year?

The Lionbridge job board, hands down. Easier access to jobs, faster payments; it is a win–win. There are many opportunities to expand upon the amazing work that has already been accomplished through the launch of the Lionbridge job board and it can only get better.


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I speak 1.5 languages:

English is my native language, but I can speak conversational Spanish – just need to brush the dust off and start using it again.


My favorite local saying is…

“Wicked”

It’s Boston’s token adjective that locals use for a variety of meanings:

  • “That was wicked!” (can be both good or bad)
  • “Man, it was wicked cold out this morning.”
  • “Did you get that wicked bad thunderstorm yesterday?”

A tourist visiting my city shouldn’t miss…

There are so many things to do around Massachusetts, especially Boston: local sports games, the Freedom Trail, the Boston Garden, etc. During the fall, I would say taking a trip and going apple picking and/or leaf-peeping is always a good bet. Make sure to grab some apple cider and apple cider donuts, too!


Outside of work, I always make time for…

My pup! I rescued Remington, in March. He’s a lab/terrier mix and just a bundle of love. When he is sleeping, which is often–he’s a lazy pup, I like to bake goodies for friends and family.

Lionbridge Global Community Experience Manager Samantha O'Connor's small wire haired terrier, Remington
Samantha’s beloved rescue pup – Remington

The best piece of career advice I’ve ever received is…

“Take breaks.”

Take breaks throughout the day – it helps to clear your mind, reduce stress, and gain new insights.

Take breaks from work – Whether it is over the weekend or on a week-long vacation, time away from work is good for you, your job, and your company.


My hidden talent is…

My innate curiosity and a willingness to help in any situation. A previous co-worker told me it’s my “ability to jump into anything, customer-facing or technical” – I am always happy to help.


Community make me roar.

 

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