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Helen Saks

Founder and CEO, Striking Media

I’ve lived in England and France and there are positives everywhere, but the Arlington business community has been especially warm and helpful. I have found people here really want to lift each other up. Arlington is a very welcoming place for entrepreneurs. 

Q: What was a major turning point in your career?

A: Getting a break at BBC Television Center in London was a huge opportunity. I started in the comedy department. On my first day, being in the elevator with Mr. Bean and getting a BBC email address were huge highlights! I worked in many different genres including on Britain’s biggest daily morning show, “This Morning,” covering news and human interest segments. This is where I learned the art of storytelling. I am always amazed and humbled by people’s courage in sharing their stories on camera.

Q: What do you look forward to when you go to work every day?

A: Every production day is different whether we are in the studio or on location. We have a rich database of locations and experience securing filming permits. We can go big with multi-camera setups, lighting rigs and teleprompters, or we can go small and intimate for a more one-on-one feel. I believe that there are magical stories in everyone, and I strive to tell these stories with empathy and impact for my corporate and nonprofit clients alike.

Q: How have you mentored or inspired others?

A: I work to create gateways of opportunity for the next generation. I was lucky to get my break, so I like to pay it forward. I believe my two daughters also are impacted by my role. They’ve shared their pride in “mum being an entrepreneur” and this makes me immeasurably proud.