Emmy Award Winner Julianne Hough Supports Strayer University’s “Readdress Success” Movement to Change the Dictionary Definition of ‘Success’

Strayer on track to reach 100,000 petition signatures; will donate
$50,000 to Dress for Success in support of cause

HERNDON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Strayer University today announced that actress, dancer and “Dancing
With The Stars” judge Julianne Hough has joined its Readdress
movement, which seeks to revise Merriam Webster’s current
definition of success and which has drawn support from over 90,000
petition signers around the world since being launched in August. The
initiative stems from a nationwide
conducted by Strayer University, which found 90 percent of
Americans define success as more about happiness than about power,
possessions or prestige. Based on these findings–which also indicate
that six in ten Americans believe success means attaining personal
goals, having good relationships and loving what you do for a living
–Strayer University believes a more accurate definition of success
should be expanded to “happiness derived from good relationships and the
attainment of personal goals.”

“We are thrilled that Strayer University’s Readdress Success movement is
getting support from diverse influencers in education, business,
entertainment and the public at large,” said Brian Jones, president of
Strayer University. “This wide interest in our movement points to the
robust and important dialogue that is happening across America today –
that success means different things to different people and that there
is no ‘one size fits all’ definition. Strayer University is proud to be
a catalyst for this change, which has also inspired and motivated many
of our students and employees.”

Julianne Hough is an actress, dancer, producer and Emmy Award-winning
choreographer. Currently a judge on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, she
is also a previous two-time professional champion of the show. She has
starred in such films as “Footloose,” “Rock of Ages” and “Safe Haven”
and will be seen next in the comedy “Dirty Grandpa” with Robert De Niro
and Zac Efron and starring in “Grease: Live!” broadcasting live on FOX
on January 31.

Hough is supporting the Readdress Success initiative through her social
channels and personal blog, and has released an exclusive
that offers a behind the scenes look at the transformation of
her personal definition of success through dance.

Additionally, Hough will be a featured guest on Good Morning America’s 40th
anniversary 40-hour livestream on Thursday, November 19th
from 6:00 a.m. – 6:15 a.m. EST, where she will share more about her own
success story and what motivated her to participate in Strayer’s
Readdress Success movement.

“I used to define success in traditional terms of wealth and fame, just
how it’s outlined in the dictionary,” explains Hough. “But as I’ve
matured, I’ve realized that this definition is lacking and doesn’t match
up with the things I feel make me a success. So I had to redefine what
success meant to me by allowing my personal achievements and happiness
to dictate its meaning. The funny thing is, since I changed my
perspective, I feel more successful than ever in both my career and
personal life.”

To inspire widespread participation, Strayer University started a
petition on Change.org that allows the public to show their support,
share the initiative with their networks, and give back to a good cause.
For every signature collected on the petition, Strayer University will
donate 50 cents to charity partner Dress for Success, an international
not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of
disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of
support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work
and in life.

Strayer University has also released a related series inspiring
interviews with well-known celebrities and influencers across a wide
spectrum of industries through Inc.com, along with emotionally touching video
sketches and social experiments
that have driven more than 6,700,000
YouTube views to date.

To take part in Strayer University’s Readdress Success movement and to
sign the petition to officially change the definition of the word
‘success,’ visit http://readdress-success.strayer.edu/.

To view Julianne Hough’s Good Morning America interview via livestream
on Thursday, November 19th, go to ABCNews.com/live and GoodMorningAmerica.com.

***MEDIA NOTE: To speak with Brian W. Jones, please contact
Cristina Henley at
work: (703) 561-1913, or cell: (703) 431-3691.

About Strayer University

Strayer University has been in operation since 1892, and is accredited
by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on
Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by
the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education
Accreditation. The University offers undergraduate and graduate degree
programs in business administration, accounting, economics, information
systems, information technology, human resource management, education,
health services administration, public administration, management and
criminal justice to working adult students. The University
includes Strayer@Work, which serves corporate clients by delivering the
next generation of performance improvement and workforce
development. Strayer University also offers an executive MBA online
through its Jack Welch Management Institute. For more information, visit www.strayer.edu
or call 1-888-4-STRAYER (888-478-7293).

About Dress for Success

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that
promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing
professional attire, a network of support and the career development
tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting
operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 140
cities in 20 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than
850,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit www.dressforsuccess.org
to learn more.


Strayer University
Cristina Henley
Work: 703-561-1913