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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…

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