How many times have you been told to “Work your way up!”, or heard someone say, “Started from the bottom, now I’m here!”? How many peers do you know went from being “just an assistant” to being the “boss”? It’s 2023, folks! Gone are the days when entry-level staff is merely expected to serve coffee, type up reports, or answer the phone. The nature of the assistant role, while maintaining its core concept of providing essential support, has evolved well beyond its original conception. Over the years, junior staff members have been increasingly empowered to develop creative ideas, inspire innovations, enact change, and champion noteworthy causes. Team members in non-leadership positions are leaders, too! Whether your career progression goal is to advance to a leadership role or your fulfillment lies within a different capacity, women in the 21st century are stronger than ever and more than capable of forging our own path.