We sit down for a talk about finding a dream career path with Lauren McGoodwin, founder and CEO of Career Contessa.
Career Contessa is the only career site built exclusively for women.
They believe that job searches, career growth, and professional discovery are deeply personal but that every woman, no matter the stage of her career, benefits from a supportive community and straightforward guidance. That's why they built a platform that engages our readers throughout their careers and evolves with them as they grow.
They help women cultivate successful careers through expert advice, interviews, and videos, one-on-one mentoring, online skills-based courses and resources, and a curated job board that speaks to their audience. Everything they do comes straight from the best kind of experts—real women who've been there and successfully done that.
What we chat about:
-How she found her journey to Career Contessa (01:07)
-What she found out when completing her thesis (08:55)
-What are the tangible things women need to advance their careers (11:44)
-Why you need to have resilience and surrounding yourself with people who really care (14:20)
-Ways women can support each other at work (17:03)
-What The Salary Project is and what salary transparency is (19:13)
-What is happening with Career Contessa in 2018 (21:01)
-What piece of lingerie would she be (22:49)
Lauren founded Career Contessa in 2013 after experiencing a gap in career development resources for women who might be job searching, soul searching, leading and managing, or trying to find new ways to advance within their careers. With women accounting for more than 50% of the workforce and the workforce being less defined than ever before, it seemed crazy (and outdated) that a resource for us didn't exist.
Formerly, Lauren was a University Recruiter for Hulu focused on hiring, employer branding, and program management. Lauren has a Bachelors in Education from the University of Oregon and a Masters in Communication Management from the University of Southern California where she wrote her thesis on millennials and career resources.
When not Contessa-ing, you can find Lauren walking so she meets her 10,000 steps/day goal in Redondo Beach, CA where she lives with her husband.