Meredith shared some stories of how she's exemplified advocacy at Target.
In her first leadership role, there were quite a few times where she would have to go into the store when the alarm went off in the middle of the night. The reason the alarm is going off could be any reason. The first time she went in, she did not feel comfortable being in the store by herself.
So she talked to the managers and told them that they need to have two managers show up to the store to take care of the situation if the alarm goes off in the future. It was not appropriate for one person to be putting themselves in harm's way.
This is where Meredith advocated for herself. She made sure that with this, she will be given the opportunity for promotion. Since she did not have enough experience, she was told that they will give her the opportunity in six months to move to the next position. However, Meredith's manager left. So she didn't have somebody to advocate for her anymore.
What Meredith did was take the initiative and went to the head of their store to talk about her promotion that's supposed to happen in six months and the head of the store was surprised. Meredith had to advocate for herself, because if she didn't, she could have stayed stagnant in that role for a few more years.
That's why it's important to advocate for yourself. You don't have to wait for other people to do it for you. You have to be the driver. You have to be in the seat.