CAREERS: Where I Work - Samantha Stern, Account manager, Porter Novelli

How long have you been working there? Three years.

How long have you been working there? Three years.

How did you end up in your job? I responded to an ad that Copithorne & Bellows placed in PRWeek UK. They were looking for someone who had at least five years' experience in hi-tech PR and who spoke fluent French. I must have been one of very few that fit the bill. Three years later, having conquered Europe, I convinced PN to bring me to America.

Describe the physical space you work in My office overlooks Boston's Back Bay. I am surrounded by photos of family and friends and the occasional silly postcard - my favorite being a picture of British comedy duo Morecambe & Wise.

Do you socialize with your colleagues outside of work? Absolutely - folks at PN Boston can often be found in our local watering hole, Charley's, for an after-work beverage.

Who is the funniest person you work with? Why? PN Boston partner Jim Barbagallo, who reminds me of Ray Romano.

Who is the smartest? Ex-colleague Karen Freeman, who understands electronics and technology like no other PR pro I know. Plus, she speaks fluent Japanese.

What was your luckiest break? Organizing a press conference for Hewlett-Packard, which involved developing the opening comments for CEO Carly Fiorina. Meeting one of the world's most prominent businesswomen was a milestone for me. She left behind her name badge, so I brought it home as a souvenir.

What has been your most embarrassing moment while working there? Traveling overseas to a meeting, my luggage didn't make it. I had to present to the client, the global PR team, and my big boss at the time in the outfit in which I had flown - denim shorts, sneakers, and a scruffy T-shirt.

I quickly learned to always fly with a jacket, toothbrush, deodorant, and lipstick in my carry-on bag.

If you could do your job from any location, where would it be? In a 15th-century farmhouse nestled somewhere in the hillside of Provence or Tuscany.

What is one thing about you that none of your co-workers know? My aunt is a Baroness and sits in the UK's House of Lords. And my brother represented Great Britain in the '96 Atlanta Olympics.

Number of PR dept. employees: 35

Address: 855 Boylston Street, 8th floor, Boston, MA 02116

Phone: (617) 450-4300 Web: www.porternovelli.com

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