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Ann Shoket

Ann Shoket

Author of The Big Life (Penguin Random House)

Next Generation Expert, Former Editor in Chief of Seventeen, Keynote Speaker

Ann Shoket is an author and keynote speaker who has been a key architect in shaping the national conversation about ambition and success for a new generation of leaders.

She has appeared regularly as a thought leader on Good Morning America, Today, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, CNN, Access Hollywood, and E! News, and was a guest judge for four seasons of America’s Next Top Model. She speaks for conferences and corporations including TEDx, SXSW, The Pennsylvania Women’s Conference, Facebook, Edward Jones, and more. Forbes has named Shoket one of the “10 Most Powerful US Fashion Magazine Editors.” Folio: named her one of the “Top Women in Media” in 2017.

Shoket has brought two major young women’s media brands to number one across every platform: digital, social, video, and newsstand. As editor-in-chief of Seventeen from 2007 to 2014, Shoket led a period of great innovation and record profitability at the iconic fashion and beauty publication. She forged a high-profile partnership with the White House to promote initiatives for young women’s leadership. She also built innovative television partnerships with MTV, Freeform, The CW, E!, and Lifetime. Shoket designed groundbreaking social-impact campaigns around the most important issues facing young women today, ensuring Seventeen remained an important rite of passage that helped 13 million readers become confident young women.

Shoket began her career as a reporter working with renowned journalist Steven Brill at The American Lawyer. She graduated with a BA, cum laude, from New York University.

You can view her speaking reel and testimonials here.

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Keynote Lecture Topics

  • Millennials: How To Build Your Big Life—Starting Now!
  • Women’s Leadership: What We Can All Learn from Millennial Women About Work and Life
  • Work/Life Balance: It’s a Sham! Why You Need To Embrace The Mess
  • Media and Marketing Trends: How to Reach Millennial Women Now
  • Employee Happiness and Loyalty: How To Make Your Employees Happier, More Engaged, and Deeply Loyal

Ann Shoket travels from New York, NY.


The Big Life

Praise for The Big Life

“A guide for women in their 20s and 30s who are hungry for a job they love, a supportive network of friends, respect from their bosses, and partners who want all those things for them as badly as they do.”

The New York Times

“Ann has always seen the power and potential in young women. The Big Life helps make all our dreams closer than ever.”

—Lauren Conrad, designer and New York Times bestselling author of Lauren Conrad Celebrate

“A new look at millennials and the way they value work and relationships—Ann Shoket’s new book, The Big Life, turns the tables on some common misconceptions.”

—Robin Roberts, Good Morning America