Meet Sharon Zyman, Trailblazing Woman in Turner LatAm

Get to know Sharon Zyman, general manager of Turner Mexico and vice president of ad sales for Turner Latin America, who joined Turner in 2009 from sister company, Warner Bros., in Mexico City, where she still resides. In the finale article of Turner’s Trailblazing Women, Sharon shares her perspective on pushing the envelope and navigating change.

What is one of your proudest moments while at Turner?

The one I am living right now!  Sometimes as leaders, we embark on new adventures knowing they are going to be difficult, but with a good dose of courage, we throw ourselves into the battle.

My Turner Mexico colleagues and I feel really proud of our contribution to this way of working. We don’t consider ourselves just employees of the Turner Mexico office – we are members of the Turner Mexico team.  

Who was one of your biggest supporters along the way (boss, mentor, man or woman), and what lessons did you learn from them?

I have always been lucky career wise in that each one of my bosses came to my life at the right time, when I had to learn certain things that helped me to be better as a professional and as a person.

How have you tried to innovate or question conventional thinking in your role at Turner?

I wasn’t born thinking conventionally and earlier in my life, I felt that I didn’t really fit in anywhere, because I always had unexpected ideas or ideas that no one wanted to hear.

So today I am living a dream. At Turner, it’s not only accepted to think unconventionally and look at things from a different perspective, it’s now almost a priority.  

What do you feel is the key to navigating and dealing with change?

Always stay positive. In life, one way or another, things always end up well and happen for a reason. Be patient. As my mother says, “Rome was not built in a day.” The most important thing is to be relaxed, versatile and adaptable. If you trust that things will turn out well and you fight for them, there is no way to fail.

What do you want young women who are early in their tenure at Turner to know?

Turner gives the same opportunities to men and women, so the road is open for you to build your dream career, whatever it is. When you look for opportunities and you think that there are none, go ahead be fearless and create them!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

All my life, ever since I was a little girl, I only ever played two games. One revolved around creating businesses to sell things – candy or memberships to our summer club, painting classes or even making up a play and selling tickets. Somehow my cousins and I always managed to have money in our pockets to pay for our adventures. What began as a game for me at age five ended up leading me to a successful career in advertising sales. My other big dream was (or still is...) to become an actress in Broadway musicals. So far, I’m only a singing star in my shower at home, but who knows what the future holds!

What’s one of your favorite parts about living in Mexico City?

Mexico City is wonderful, first and foremost, because it’s full of Mexicans! We are friendly and helpful people who are always willing to help each other out. After the recent earthquake in September for example, we all joined forces to help people in need. 

The city is amazingly diverse in every way, and has the most amazing food – from the street vendor on the corner to globally honored restaurants. Mexico is full of opportunities for people that want to work and make something of their lives. I am very grateful and proud to be able to say that I am Mexican, the country that opened the doors to immigrants like my grandparents who were fortunate to be welcomed here with open arms.

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