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I’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
I was a software engineer determined to have it all. I wanted to be a mom and a leader! And I did it on my terms. With a creative and flexible work schedule, I had two children, kept increasing my responsibilities, and was promoted to vice president in a public software company. I then went on to be the CEO of an early-stage startup.

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

Women’s Leadership Coach
Looking for a coach to help strengthen your leadership skills in the tech industry? Using a blend of mentoring and coaching, I work one-on-one with women to identify practical, actionable ways to thrive in their careers. Read testimonials from my clients…
Seeking an inspirational speaker or workshop facilitator? I enjoy sharing my experience and teaching others. See me in action…
Women’s Leadership Forum Group Coach
Want to develop leadership skills and foster a network for a group of women at your company? I have a unique 6-month group coaching program, the Women’s Leadership Forum. Find out more…
Women In Tech: The Missing Force 
Curious about the lack of women in the tech industry and what we can all do about it? Watch my TEDx talk…

My clients includeLogos for Adobe, Atlassian, Biomarin, Box,, Intel, Pinterest, Salesforce, Spotify, Teespring, and Twilio