Olivia Fox Cabane

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Olivia Fox Cabane
BornParis, France
OccupationAuthor, public speaker, cofounder of KindEarth.Tech
NationalityAmerican & French
CitizenshipUSA, France
Alma materPanthéon-Sorbonne University
Notable worksThe Charisma Myth

Olivia Fox Cabane (born in Paris, France) is an American author, public speaker, and the co-founder of Kindearth.Tech. She grew up in Paris, with a French father (physicist Bernard Cabane) and attended French schools, eventually earning three separate master's degrees in law from the Pantheon-Sorbonne University. She is the author of The Charisma Myth and the co-author of The Net And The Butterfly,[1] 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 subsequently earned two law degrees in international and European business law from the Pantheon-Sorbonne University. and one in German business law from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. She also cites her experiences growing up “socially inept” as forcing her to develop an interest in charisma out of necessity.[2] After spending a year in Peru doing volunteer work, Fox Cabane moved to New York City in 2002, and later relocated with her husband to a mini urban farm in Silicon Valley, where most of her clients reside.[3]

Cabane divides her professional time between keynote speaking to Fortune 500 companies.[4] She works pro bono for non-profit organizations.[2] Her general topics include charisma, leadership, dealing with difficult people, self-confidence and self-esteem.[5][2] Outside of writing and consulting, Cabane has worked with several universities to teach courses or direct programs. Her course at the University of Berkeley'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.[6] From 2013 to 2015, she was the Director of Innovative Leadership at StartX, a startup accelerator at Stanford University.[4][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] and her education includes three master's degrees in business law from the Universities of Paris and Munich.[7] She is fluent in four languages and is, as of 2018, 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 company 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.[2]

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.[16]

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


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ a b c d "Lessons in charisma". The Economist. Retrieved 2018-06-17.
  3. ^ CULP, MILDRED L. "Getting paid for public speaking - NY Daily News". nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2018-06-17.
  4. ^ a b Chin, Teresa (2014-03-26). "The Charm Hacker". Matter. Retrieved 2018-06-17.
  5. ^ Aspeakers (2011-11-24), Olivia Fox Cabane - The Science of First Impressions, retrieved 2018-09-15
  6. ^ "Undergrad Program Launches New Experiential Learning Series | Haas News | Berkeley Haas". Haas News | Berkeley Haas. 2010-10-04. Retrieved 2018-06-17.
  7. ^ a b 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. ^ "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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