Skip to main content

Defining Success on Your Own Terms with Sallie Krawcheck, Alexandra Stanton, Joy Altimare, and Meg He

Defining Success on Your Own Terms with Sallie Krawcheck, Alexandra Stanton, Joy Altimare, and Meg He

How do you define success? Does success mean having more money? Making that big career move? Becoming well-known in your industry? Achieving fame? Making an impact to the world?

Many women grow up thinking that we have our path lined up and right in front of us. We have to work hard, focus, map out the next year, 5 years, 10 years…. And then we’ll find success. But what does that really mean? What if your definition of success doesn’t match the traditional view?

The reality is, the world of business is changing. Careers are no longer linear, industries are no longer siloed. We no longer have one career that spans a lifetime; we spend decades in the workforce, and tend to move in and out of our fields, reinvent our path.

Professional women are powerful and we each have different goals, lifestyles, ambitions, work styles, and ideas-- but we all have one thing in common: We’re going to do it our way and we’re ready to get the job done.

What does it take, exactly?  [Watch Video: Defining Success on Your Own Terms]

The 2019 Defining Success On Your Own Terms panel event by Ellevate Network was one for the books, and just in case you missed it, we’ve broken down our favorite moments here.

What would your childhood self think of the work you do now? What do you wish you had known when you were younger.

“I think she would be proud of the work I’m doing, however I think she would also remind me to never be complacent. When I was younger, I wish I would’ve had exposure to fiscal and financial education, and in fact I think it should be a part of every girl’s education.” - Alexandra Stanton

As you reflect on the steps you’ve taken to get to where you are now, what is one of the toughest decisions you’ve had to make?

“One thing I’ve learned is that we all have tough choices we make throughout our careers, but the theme here for me is in choosing myself, and not feeling guilty about doing so. That was hard, because as women, I think we’re born to feel everybody’s feelings, and at a young age I had to learn how to choose myself and look within myself to find the strength to do what I have to do.” - Joy Altimare

Have you ever dealt with fear you had to overcome?

“In hindsight, starting my own business is a lot scarier than it seemed at the time. One thing we learned is that we truly have to believe in ourselves, because no one else is going to. A lot of people are going to say no, and unless you truly believe in yourself and know yourself, those“no’s” are going to push you down; you need to be a big pool of“yes”. One cool thing about fear is that as long as you understand what your fear is about, there’s so much you can do about it. “ - Meg He

How do you get the foot in the door if you’re just starting out in your career?

“You’re doing it right now. Network. Use every connection you have, because it’s so hard out there. Try to get in through someone you know, even do that fake informational interview so you can impress them. If you’re applying for a job that’s listed on a website, that’s you against hundreds if not thousands of individuals, so you want to find the opportunity before it makes it onto the website. Networking has been called the #1 unwritten rule of success in business. Zero in on what you want to do, and then find your way to help you get there.” - Sallie Krawcheck

Interested in hearing the rest? Tune in to the full discussion here


Continue learning with this Ellevate Playbook: