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
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, tech leadership, and women in tech. To help more people cultivate ally skills, I wrote two books: 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.

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