Real-World Alpha Females
Erica Van Ross
Location: St. Louis
Job: Television reporter, KMOV-TV
Hours at work per week: 45
Early alpha inklings: In my 20s, I had to watch a corporate video that, frankly, wasn't very good. But it was produced by a powerful person in the company. I was the only one to say it needed changes. My colleagues were horrified, but the bigwig appreciated my honesty and changed the video.
Alpha instincts: I had to leave in the middle of a date once to report on extreme flooding in the area.
Best part of being me: Independence. I'm a strong woman who likes being able to do things on my own.
The downside: Hands down, dating! I want a guy who takes pride in his career, but how he treats me and his sense of humor are more important.
Relationship history: Men date me because they think it's interesting that I'm on TV, or they try to convince me that they're "good enough."
Kids: It's difficult to embrace the idea, so I push it out of my head so I won't be too devastated if it doesn't happen.
Plugged in: I carry a work-issued pager, a personal cell phone, and a work cell.
My posse: It's challenging with my beta friends, watching them go through situations where just a little more alpha would help.
Moments of doubt: Sometimes, when I feel pressured, I wish I were more of a backseat passenger.
The real me: I'm just a nice person who knows what she wants out of life and has to get it.
Theme song: "Keep on Going" by Vivian Green