Why did you decide to become a judge?
When Robin first invited me to be a part of these important awards, I was very humbled. I also felt extremely under-qualified! But, more than being a judge, I see this as an opportunity to learn from and be inspired by the incredible women in our region. It’s not about “judging” for me, as much as it’s about showcasing the strength, wisdom and extraordinary contributions of the women in our community.
What does the “Women of the Year” mean to you?
The term “Women of the Year” is all about celebrating the diverse ways women are contributing to our community. Whether it’s through philanthropic or entrepreneurial endeavors, or whether they are homemakers raising the next generation of philanthropists and entrepreneurs, these women are changing the face of Central Oregon and it is important to acknowledge their achievements.
Sam Albert is thrilled to be a part of the “Women of the Year Awards” again. She can be heard on 101.7 FM in the mornings with MJ and you can read her recurring column in the Cascade Journal. Sam spent ten years writing and performing on a resident stage at The Second City in Chicago and then moved to Los Angeles where she worked (but mostly didn’t work) in film and television. She can be seen yelling at the hunky Matt Damon in The Informant and getting yelled at by the hunky Jeremy Piven in The Goods. Sam loves reading biographies, never litters and wants to learn how to drive stick shift. She congratulates all the incredible nominees and wishes to thank her own Woman of the Year – her mom – for her enduring wisdom and love.