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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
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.

Seeking an inspirational speaker? I enjoy sharing my experience and teaching others. Watch my speaker reel. Or check out some of my talks.
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.
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.
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. Contact me for details.

My clients include

Adobe, AdRoll, Atlassian, Bio Marin, Box,, ebay, intel, pinterest, salesforce, teespring, twilio