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Discover Rising Tides with Alexandra Koys

How the Outside Makes the Inside Better

Through conversations with female business owners, we explore the benefits of time spent outside to maintain life balance. The time outside and activity may differ in each conversation, but we delve into the subject to find the commonality that drives us all.  As a business owner, I find myself outside to balance the challenges of every day

Discovering Guest Alexandra Koys, 33, is the Founder & CEO of Lighten, a startup transforming the future of the funeral services industry. Lighten offers end-of-life arrangements designed for families who want to avoid the traditional, somber funeral home and opt for a more uplifting experience to honor a legacy. Lighten offers personalized celebrations of life that reflect an individual’s unique personal, cultural, and spiritual identity. The company’s online planning portal delivers a modern, streamlined process that allows families to plan from the comfort of their own homes. Alexandra founded Lighten while pursuing her MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. A pivotal moment for the business came in 2020, when Alexandra and her team won second place in Booth’s annual startup competition, The New Venture Challenge. Alexandra raised $380,000 for the business, a significant accomplishment considering that companies founded solely by women receive only 2.4% of the total capital invested in venture-backed startups in the U.S.

Alexandra Koys grew up in La Grange, IL and attended high school at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago. After attending Georgetown University in Washington, DC and earning an undergraduate degree in Foreign Service, she began her career with Deloitte Consulting in 2011. Her clients included the Department of Defense; the Department of Homeland Security; and Health Care Service Corporation (the parent company of Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL), where her work involved supporting the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. In 2014, Alexandra joined Health Care Service Corporation, where she spent time in both corporate strategy and customer service operations before returning to school for her graduate degree.

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December 7th, 2022  2:00 pm PST

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