A few months ago, we added Samantha Arnold to our team. As our first dedicated project manager, she’ll be cracking the whip to ensure we stay on task, budget, and deadline.

Before coming to Table XI, Samantha was a senior project and release manager for Harpo Productions, where she was responsible for executing software releases and infrastructure upgrades for Oprah.com. Rumor has it Samantha’s departure from Harpo was the final straw in Oprah’s decision to quit her TV show and leave Chicago.

Samantha has also worked in project management roles at howstuffworks.com, mobiletravelguide.com and consumerguide.com. She received her B.A. in History from Valparaiso University, then studied history at the University of Notre Dame. For those who are interested, she’d be happy to highlight the consequences of improper logistical planning by using Napoleon’s Russian campaign of 1812 as a case study.

If she’s not biking around Chicago with her family (she recently rode into the office when it was four degrees outside!), she’s catching up on the Volvo Ocean Race, Nebraska football, or hiding out in a used bookstore. And no, she can’t get you tickets to an Oprah taping.

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