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Meet Lauren McGoodwin of Career Contessa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren McGoodwin.

Lauren, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
The idea for Career Contessa came about when I experienced my own professional learning curve. In my early 20s, I was working an administrative job at a large university and was less than thrilled about where I was. I spent most of my days answering phones and filing paper. I felt stuck, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next, either. Feeling lost, I decided to focus my efforts on learning more about recruiting careers since it was the one part of my job that I did enjoy.

After nine months and 30 informational interviews with acquaintances and strangers in the field, I was able to focus my job search on exactly the company and role I knew I wanted. I remember feeling like I was cloud nine because I finally felt like I had control.

Ultimately, I landed a recruiting coordinator role at Hulu. That was an incredible experience, and I learned first-hand the difference it made to love your job, the company and your coworkers. Working at Hulu in recruiting also opened my eyes to the other side of the hiring table such as what managers thought about candidates and how recruiters reviewed resumes and interviewed.

Having been on both sides, starting Career Contessa was a no-brainer, really. I wanted to help other women reach their career goals through real insight and actionable advice. We cover the topics I wish I’d had at my fingertips when I was trying to find direction, and we do it in an open, honest way.

Has it been a smooth road?
The biggest challenge was going from idea to launch. I had this idea that I wanted to launch a site solely dedicated to interviews with successful career women. But I didn’t have a site, company name or a writing background. I decided to start doing the work first and build from there. It took me about 15 months to go from idea to website launch.

Then, after I launched, came a new set of challenges like how was this going to act like a real business and generate revenue, how would I build an audience, and what would I need to build all of this. It’s taken me almost 5 years to answer these questions but every year we make progress and now have over 1 million women each year visit the site.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We’re on a mission to make it easier for women to build successful careers—in whatever way they define success and at whichever stage their career is in. We understand and celebrate the fact that every woman’s career will look a little different.

And we achieve that mission by providing a one-stop career resource that gives women access to tools like career coaching and online learning, an inside look at companies and curated jobs board, daily advice and interviews with successful women, a free salary database, and the community they need to help them move forward and gain clarity about their careers. The biggest reward is easily the impact we’re able to make in women’s lives each day.

Because of our work, women have landed jobs, asked for (and received!) raises and managed workplace relationships better. Career advice is notoriously known for being boring or stuffy. We’re making it entertaining and informative to invest in your career.

We like to say that we give “career advice that speaks woman.” It’s the kind of advice you’d expect from friends or mentors you respect who tell it like it is, except we also give you access to career experts.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
We’re a mostly digital company so we could work most places but Los Angeles does provide us immediate access to great events, women, and companies that we can partner with.


  • We offer a 50-min. career coaching sessions with vetted experts ranging from $75- $200
  • We offer on-demand career development courses ranging from $97- $197

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