Photo of Karen CatlinI’m Karen Catlin. After a successful career in the software industry, I’m now “paying it forward” by helping the next generation of women in tech.

My Story
In my first career, I spent 25 years building software products, starting off as a software engineer and, over time, moving into leadership roles. I was a vice president at two public software companies, and served as the CEO of an early-stage startup. During those years, I saw a decline in the number of women working in tech.

What I Do
Today, I’m a coach, speaker, author, and passionate advocate for women in the tech industry. I coach women to be stronger leaders and men who want to be better allies for women and underrepresented groups. I speak about inclusive workplaces, tech leadership, and women in tech. And, to bring more diversity to speaker lineups at tech industry events, I teach public speaking and co-authored Present! A Techie’s Guide to Public Speaking.

My clients include

Adobe, AdRoll, Atlassian, Bio Marin, Box,, ebay, Intel, Pinterest, Salesforce, Stanford GSB, Survey Monkey, Teespring, Twilio

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