March is Women’s History Month, and we’re here to celebrate. All month long, we’ll be featuring women who inspire us to become our best, most confident selves. One of the women we couldn’t wait to chat with? Lauren McGoodwin, the founder and CEO of Career Contessa. Built exclusively for women, her career site is an invaluable tool with resources such as career coaching, mentoring, interview skills, job boards, and online coursework. By supporting women’s goals and career paths, she’s hoping to build a better workforce for the future. “We’ve come a long way in gender equality at work, but we still have a long way to go,” she says. “Career Contessa will be there for every woman throughout every stage of her career.”
Here’s a peek at the life (and style) of Lauren McGoodwin.
What has been the most gratifying part of building your business?
Definitely the conversations with women who used Career Contessa to make power moves in their career. These might be asking for a raise, landing a fulfilling job, remaining in the workplace, and advocating for what they need—or even finding the confidence that comes from knowing you’re building a career on your terms.
What advice would you give to empower other women in the workplace?
Don’t fall victim to the comparison trap. Surrendering comparisons lets you put your energy and focus back on your own career and your own success—where they belong—instead of wasting them, obsessing over other people’s good fortune, or beating yourself up. Tell another woman that she did a great job on the presentation today, that you appreciate her supporting you on XYZ project, etc. Always speak kindly to other women to help them stay out of the comparison trap.
We love a good power outfit. Do you have one, or a specific piece you wear that gives you confidence?
A tailored suit and heels are definitely my power outfit. If the event doesn’t call for a full suit, then I’ll settle for a great blazer. If I’m looking to add color, I try to wear some pops of red.
Do you think there’s weight to the advice, “Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have?”
I do. When you feel good, that confidence shines through. You stand taller, you speak a bit louder, and part of that confidence boost can come from dressing the part of the “leader” you’re aspiring to be.