Getting Ahead: The New Model for Success

From the Show: HER
Summary: Young women are changing the work culture for the better for everyone. But, even major achievers experience struggles.
Air Date: 6/26/17
Duration: 27:48
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pam Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Ann Shoket, Author
Ann ShoketAnn Shoket is the author of THE BIG LIFE: Embrace the Mess, Work Your Side Hustle, Find A Monumental Relationship, and Become the Badass Babe You Were Meant to Be.

Ms. Shoket has been a key architect in shaping the national conversation about and for millennial women. As Editor-in-Chief of Seventeen from 2007 to 2014, Shoket repositioned the iconic fashion and beauty brand to dominate as the most relevant voice for its 13 million readers. She led the magazine to become the number-one teen magazine on the newsstand within her first year while spearheading aggressive cross-platform programming around the most important issues facing young women today. 

Shoket has appeared regularly on Good Morning America, Today, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, CNN, Access Hollywood, and E! News, and she was a guest judge for four seasons on America’s Next Top Model. 

Forbes has named her one of the “Most Powerful Fashion Magazine Editors” in the country.
  • Book Title: THE BIG LIFE: Embrace the Mess, Work Your Side Hustle, Find a Monumental Relationship, and Become the Badass Babe You Were Meant to Be
  • Guest Facebook Account: www.facebook.com/ann.shoket
  • Guest Twitter Account: @annshoket
Getting Ahead: The New Model for Success
The current generation of young women is changing the way all generations think about power and success. Women who are now in their 20s and 30s are making a difference in workplace values.

First, young women are demanding freedom from the office. They don’t want to spend hours in unproductive meetings. Face-to-face time isn’t as necessary with modern technology. These women are urging for greater work-life balance that affects us all. Office presence isn’t required to get a lot of work done.

Young women have also replaced the idea of competition in the workplace. There was once only room for one woman at the corporate table, having to fight everyone for that position. With sisterhood, support and collaboration, everyone wins. Everyone can find success.

Additionally, today’s young women are strongly motivated. Their ambition is clearer and they know how they want to make their mark on the world. They’re disrupting the power structure and doing things their own way.

Personal Life Challenges

However, women are still held back by fixed ideas in their personal lives. They feel like they should have the career and personal life squared away by age 30. Old ideas of relationship expectations are getting in the way. Many young women aren’t finding excitement in potential partners for their career ambitions. In many cases, these career women are finding greater happiness with partners who aren’t as ambitious. Millennials aren’t exempt from pressures to have families. Dating apps can feel like a second job, making dating tough.

Housekeeping attempts can suffer in the life of an ambitious woman. A big life is a messy life. Don’t feel ashamed when the housework doesn’t get completed because you’ve been working on your side hustle, networking and tackling passion projects. You’re creating energy doing other things.

Squad Goals

Women need a squad to help support them as they face life. These are women who understand and support each other. They aren’t best friends, co-workers, family or mentors. They help you achieve, succeed and navigate when there’s no clear-cut path.

Listen as Ann Shoket joins Dr. Pamela Peeke to share how the world is changing because of millennial women.


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