Lauren McGoodwin | ASCEND Leadership Summit Spotlight | 2018

This is a series of spotlight interviews with some of the incredible guests we'll see at the ASCEND Leadership Summit 2018


Name: Lauren McGoodwin
Company: Career Contessa
Title: Founder & CEO

Follow Lauren on Twitter @careercontessa and LinkedIn, and online at

What problem would you like solved? 

The lack of gender equality at work—especially in leadership positions. We want to help women build successful careers on their terms and have access to as many choices and fair options as men.

Advice you'd wished you'd had or had followed?  

I wish I had learned to be more proactive in my career moves and choices earlier on.

What does success look like for you?  

Balance—or as close to a “balance” and I can have. Success is being able to direct my own career choices.

What is your best discovery? 

Other women entrepreneurs.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Clarity comes from engagement so just start doing.

Anything else we should know about (product launch, crowdfunding or marketing campaign, recent interview, job openings, etc.)? 

We recently launched The Salary Project, an anonymous salary database to bring more transparency around wages and compensation for specific industries, roles, locations, etc.

Register today to attend the ASCEND Leadership Summit on May 30, 2018 at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA. We hope to see you there!