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Alexandra Cavoulacos

Co-founder and COO of The Muse and co-author of The New Rules of Work

  • About Alexandra Cavoulacos

    Alexandra Cavoulacos is the co-founder & COO of The Muse, a career platform used by over 50 million people every year to find jobs, learn professional skills, and advance careers, and by hundreds of companies looking to hire or grow their employer brand. She has been named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Media, Inc.’s 15 Women to Watch in Tech and Business, and Insider’s 30 Most Important Women Under 30 in Tech.

    Along with her co-founder, Kathryn Minshew, Cavoulacos is the author of The New Rules of Work: The Modern Playbook for Navigating Your Career. New York Times-bestselling author Adam Grant called it “a user-friendly guide to finding and thriving in a job”, while Arianna Huffington praised Cavoulacos and Minshew for “giv[ing] us the tools we need to navigate the modern job search and align our careers with our true values and passions.”

    Since the beginning, The Muse has aimed to become what Cavoulacos and Minshew call “the most beloved, trusted, career destination in the world.” As COO, Cavoulacos works on the product, engineering, and operations of the fast-growing business. In addition to company development and management, she focuses on helping employees grow their careers and reach their full potential. Cavoulacos is a frequent keynote speaker who offers businesses and employees a refreshing take on company culture, diversity & inclusion, entrepreneurship, and productivity.

    Prior to founding The Muse, Cavoulacos was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, primarily focused on growth strategy for Fortune 500 companies. She is a Yale University graduate and alumna of the Y Combinator. Originally from Paris, France, Cavoulacos is a passionate but infrequent long-distance cyclist, and an avid reader . She lives in New York City.

  • Speaking Topics

    The New Rules of Work: How to Make the Career Change You've Been Dreaming Of

    Most people spend their careers in limbo, satisfied enough with their job (if they're lucky), but not pursuing what they're truly passionate about. Societal expectations, limiting assumptions about one's own capabilities or even pressure from friends and family can hold people back. In this engaging and action-oriented talk based on her latest book, The New Rules of Work, Alexandra Cavoulacos shares with audiences the process to uncovering a career that aligns with your values, skills and interests, and what to do once you've identified it. You'll leave full of questions to ask yourself, and a set of tips, tricks and next steps to start making your dream career a reality.

    The Entrepreneurial Journey: Starting Out and Scaling Up

    Is your idea worth pursuing? Will you inspire others to join you? Can you make enough money to keep your company alive? Entrepreneurship is a siren call for many, but it isn't right for everyone. Drawing on her own experience founding The Muse, a career platform used by over 50 million people every year, Alexandra Cavoulacos shares the truth about entrepreneurship, the struggles no one talks about, and the personal commitment you have to be willing to make. She'll take the audience on a journey, walking through stages like “The Leap”—when you first decide to take the plunge—and “The Hustle”—when you put aside any pride you had left and go sell to anyone and everyone you can.

    Company Culture: The Secret Weapon to Business Success

    Alexandra Cavoulacos is no stranger to company culture. She's the author of The New Rules of Work and co-founder of The Muse, a career platform used by over 50 million people every year to find a job, learn professional skills or advance in their careers, and by hundreds of companies looking to hire or grow their employer brand. Through their work with brands like Zappos, Facebook, HBO, and Dropbox, she's seen that culture and authenticity plays a critical role in successful hiring and retention. 46% of new hires leave within the 18 months and a whopping 89% of hiring failures are due to poor culture fit, so culture is no longer a “nice-to-have.” So what is business culture? What makes people stay or go? Take an offer or reject it? What makes a candidate into a passionate, committed employee instead of a disengaged one? In this talk, audiences will discover why it's not all about budgets and perks, and how to harness authenticity and values as a leader, and in building a company for the future.

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  • Praise for Alexandra Cavoulacos

    Praise for The New Rules of Work

    Alexandra Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew’s book cuts through the career clichés and myths to pass on the information you need to help you identify—and get—the career you really want. It contains countless smart and practical tips you’ll wish you’d known years ago. A must-read for anyone serious about taking back control of their career.

    Sjoerd Gehring, Global Head of Recruiting, Johnson & Johnson

    To succeed in today’s constantly changing work environment you could waste time, stress yourself out, and spin your wheels following the questionable advice of career experts who don’t know anything about you—or you could buy this book. Save yourself years of struggle: start with this book.

    Chris Guillebeau, New York Times bestselling author and host of Side Hustle School

    The founders of The Muse have written the new blueprint for every stage of your career. These New Rules of Work are not just about job search but also job discovery, which is why I invested in these women and why I’m excited for you to read this book. Get it for yourself or someone who needs to find their path.

    Alexis Ohanian, cofounder, Reddit

    In today’s digital age, finding job listings and endless data about those jobs is easy. What’s difficult is making sense of it all. Here, Muse founders Alexandra Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew give us the tools we need to navigate the modern job search and align our careers with our true values and passions.

    Arianna Huffington, bestselling author of Thrive and The Sleep Revolution
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