Skip to main content

The Defining Decade: Why Your 20s Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now

Originally Aired
May 10, 2013
Event Type
Presented By
Meg Jay

Our “thirty-is-the-new-twenty” culture tells us the twentysomething years don’t matter. Some say they are a second adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. Dr. Meg Jay argues that twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation, much of which has trivialized what is actually the most defining decade of adulthood.

Drawing from more than a decade of work with hundreds of twentysomething clients and students, Dr. Jay weaves the latest science of the twentysomething years with behind-closed-doors stories from twentysomethings themselves. The result is up-to-date and insider information on making the most of your twenties. Dr. Jay shows us how work, relationships, personality, and even the brain can change more during this decade than at any other time in adulthood-if we use the time wisely. If you are in your twenties, work with twentysomethings, or are a parent of a soon-to-be-twentysomething, please join us for this enlightening webinar!

About Meg Jay

Meg Jay, PhD (Col ’92) is a clinical psychologist, author and speaker who specializes in adult development, and twentysomethings in particular. She is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Virginia, and maintains a private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her book, The Defining Decade, is a 2012 Staff Pick and led to a 2013 TED talk. Dr. Jay earned a doctorate in clinical psychology, and in gender studies, from University of California, Berkeley. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Psychology Today, Forbes, and NPR.

For more information, please contact Alumni Career Services at