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Olivia Fox Cabane

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Olivia Fox Cabane
Cabane in 2023
Cabane in 2023
Born1978 or 1979 (age 44–45)[1]
Paris, France
OccupationAuthor, public speaker, cofounder of KindEarth.Tech
NationalityAmerican & French
CitizenshipUSA, France
Alma materPanthéon-Sorbonne University
Notable worksThe Charisma Myth

Alice Olivia Fox Cabane is a French and American author, public speaker, and the co-founder of The KindEarth.Tech (KET) Foundation.[2] She is the former Director of Innovative Leadership for Stanford University's student accelerator, StartX. She is the author of The Charisma Myth and the co-author of The Net And The Butterfly,[3] two books on charisma and the neuroscience of innovation, respectively.

Life and career[edit]

Cabane was born in Paris, France, to French physicist Bernard Cabane and American psychotherapist Celie Fox. She is autistic.[4]

Cabane earned two law degrees in French and European business law from the Pantheon-Sorbonne University. and one in German business law from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Cabane has worked with several universities to teach courses or direct programs. Her course at the University of California's Haas School of Business, where she led a series of workshops which cover techniques she originally developed for Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was so popular that university staff had to guard the classroom entrance to make sure only students admitted to that course could have a seat.[5] From 2013 to 2015, she was the Director of Innovative Leadership at StartX, a startup accelerator at Stanford University.[6][7]

Cabane has been featured and quoted in The Wall Street Journal,[8] the New York Times,[9] and the BBC.[10] She has written for Forbes and The Huffington Post.[11] She has been on the Board of Editors of one of the National Law Journal publications.[12][13] She is the youngest person ever to have been appointed foreign trade advisor to the French Government since the role was created in 1898.[14][15]

Along with Ira Van Eelen, daughter of clean meat inventor Willem van Eelen, she founded KindEarth.Tech (KET), a foundation focusing on accelerating the global shift to a sustainable food system. She is known in the food world for her industry landscapes (newprotein.org) showcasing the rapid development of the alternative protein and dairy industries.


Cabane's first book, The Charisma Myth, was published by Penguin/Random House in 2012. In this book, the model of charisma she proposes is described as the combination of three elements: presence, power and warmth.[11] Cabane draws influences and methods from cognitive behavioral therapy.[16]

In 2017, Cabane co-wrote a book on increasing innovation in entrepreneurs with Judah Pollack, another consultant for prominent organizations. This book continues her models of cultivating skills – this time, leadership – paired with exercises to develop those skills.[17]

  • The Charisma Myth, Penguin, 2012
  • The Net And The Butterfly, Penguin, 2017


  1. ^ Chin, Teresa (11 March 2015). "The Charm Hacker". Matter. Retrieved 15 November 2023.
  2. ^ https://www.kindearth.tech
  3. ^ Fox, Cabane, Olivia (2017). The net and the butterfly : the art and practice of breakthrough thinking. Pollack, Judah. New York, NY. ISBN 9781591847199. OCLC 969973275.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link) CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Is Asperger’s A Superpower? You Better Believe It, Baby[1]
  5. ^ "Undergrad Program Launches New Experiential Learning Series | Haas News | Berkeley Haas". Haas News | Berkeley Haas. 2010-10-04. Retrieved 2018-06-17.
  6. ^ Chin, Teresa (2014-03-26). "The Charm Hacker". Matter. Retrieved 2018-06-17.
  7. ^ Fox Cabane, Olivia. "Olivia Fox Cabane". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2018-06-17.
  8. ^ Wu, Michelle (2009-10-22). "How I ... Changed My Youthful Look". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  9. ^ Schawbel, Dan. "How to Master the Art and Science of Charisma". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  10. ^ Wen, Tiffanie. "The art and science of being charismatic". Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  11. ^ a b Schawbel, Dan. "How to Master the Art and Science of Charisma". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-06-17.
  12. ^ Fox Cabane, Olivia. "Marketing The Law Firm" (PDF). Law Journal Newsletters.
  13. ^ "Hunting for the Hot List | National Law Journal". National Law Journal. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  14. ^ Décret du 27 octobre 2005 portant nomination de conseillers du commerce extérieur de la France, retrieved 2018-06-17
  15. ^ EOLAS. "Historique - CNCCEF". www.cnccef.org (in French). Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  16. ^ "Lessons in charisma". The Economist. Retrieved 2018-06-17.
  17. ^ "What Can You Learn About Breakthrough Thinking From Keith Richards, Albert Einstein, and Steve Jobs? (Hint: Sleeping helps)". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-06-17.

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