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.
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 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 and co-authored Present! A Techie’s Guide to Public Speaking.
- 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 clients to identify practical, actionable ways to thrive in their careers. Read testimonials from my clients.
- Women’s Leadership Forum – Group Coaching
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.
- Workshops & Power Camps
Planning on offsite (or onsite) for your team? I lead workshops on women’s leadership, workplace inclusion, ally skills, and public speaking. I love teaching by combining stories from my tech career with strategies, best practices, and small group breakout discussions. Learn more.
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