Meg Jay

Date: April 30, 2014, 7:30 PM
Location: hotelVetro Second Floor Ballroom

Dr. Meg Jay is a clinical psychologist with over ten years of experience listening to young adults share their struggles. Through personal stories and scientific research, Meg has written The Defining Decade, an indispensable guidebook for confused twentysomethings and an eye-opening explanation for companies and organizations looking for the best way to manage their youngest employees.

Dr. Meg Jay is a clinical psychologist and author who specializes in twentysomethings. She has 15 years of experience listening to, teaching, researching, and writing and speaking about this niche group. Meg argues that our twenties are the critical period of adult devel- opment — and that this group is a critical part of the economy and workforce that needs to be better under- stood.

Consider these facts about adult development:

  • 80% of life’s defining moments take place by age 35
  • the first 10 years of a career have an exponential impact on ultimate earnings
  • more than half of young adults are married or have met their partner by 30
  • the brain caps off its second and last growth spurt in the 20s
  • personality changes more during your 20s than any other time in life
  • female fertility peaks at age 28

Dr. Jay’s book, The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now, weaves the latest science of the twentysomething years with compelling, behind-closed-doors stories from twenty- somethings themselves. It details what psychologists, sociologists, neurologists, economists, and reproductive specialists know about the unique power of the twenty- something years. The Defining Decade was named a Best Book of 2012 by and was nominated for a Books for a Better Life Award. Meg’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Psychology Today, and NPR.

Dr. Jay’s TED talk about Why Your 20s Matter was named by one of five bright, inspiring ideas from the 2013 conference in Long Beach, California.

Dr. Jay is a clinical assistant professor at University of Virginia. She received a doctorate in clinical psychology, and in gender studies, from the University of California, Berkeley.

Sponsored by: CAB and University of Iowa Alumni Association