Photo of Karen CatlinI’m Karen Catlin. After a successful career in the tech industry, I’m now “paying it forward” by helping to create more diverse and inclusive workplaces.

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 of engineering 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 leadership coach, speaker, author, and passionate advocate for inclusion and diversity. I coach women to be stronger leaders as well as men who want to be better allies for underrepresented groups. I speak about inclusive workplaces, tech leadership, and women in tech. To help more people cultivate ally skills, I wrote Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces and The Better Allies™ Approach to Hiring. 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

Logos of Karen's clients, including Adobe, Amazon, Airbnb, Atlassian, Babylist, Biomarin, Bloomberg, Box,, DocuSign, DoorDash, eBay, Fastly, Handshake, Intel, Intuit, NextRoll, Okta, Pinterest, Salesforce, Segment, SurveyMonkey, Thomson Reuters, and Twilio