I’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.
After spending 25 years building software products and serving as a vice president of engineering at Macromedia and Adobe, I witnessed a sharp decline in the number of women working in tech. Frustrated but galvanized, I knew it was time to switch gears.
What I Do
Today, I’m a leadership coach and an acclaimed author and speaker on inclusive workplaces. 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, being better allies, and women in leadership. To help more people cultivate ally skills, I wrote three books: Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces, The Better Allies™ Approach to Hiring, and Belonging in Healthcare.
I also have a weekly newsletter, 5 Ally Actions, where I share ideas curated from the week’s news and my interactions with clients, audience members, and subscribers from around the world. I’m on a mission to be a better ally myself, and I learn new approaches all the time. And when I make mistakes, I write about them in the newsletter so others can learn with me. You can subscribe at betterallies.com.
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