Karen Catlin speaking at the University of Nebraska Women in Tech Summit 2016I’m a coach, speaker, author, and passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. I coach women to be stronger leaders and men who want to be better allies for underrepresented groups. I speak about inclusive workplaces, tech 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.

Previously, I spent 25 years building software products. I started off writing code and over time moved into executive leadership. Most recently, I was a vice president of engineering at Adobe Systems, where I led cross-company engineering services.

Outside of my commercial ventures I work with a number of non-profits. Currently, I’m on the Brown University Computing and Information Technology Advisory Council. I’m also on the advisory boards for The Women’s CLUB of Silicon Valley, WEST (Women Entering & Staying in Technology), Women Serve on Boards, and Brown University’s Computer Science Department Diversity Committee. And through the Brown University Women’s Launch Pad, I mentor young women about to start their careers.

I’m also a bit of a public speaking geek. I’m a TEDx speaker, and I frequently give keynotes at conferences.

In addition, I’ve written articles for Inc.The Daily BeastFast Company, FastCo LabsWomen 2.0, and other leadership sites.

In 2015, the California State Assembly honored me with the Wonder Women Tech Innovator Award for outstanding achievements in business and technology and for being a role model for women.

photo of Karen CatlinLast but not least, I hold a degree in Computer Science from Brown University.

Are you looking for a leadership coach who understands what it takes to be successful as a woman in Silicon Valley? Are you a leader who wants to create a more inclusive workplace? Are you seeking an inspirational speaker for your next event? Contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.


In my spare time, I like to knit with wire. Yes, wire. I share my designs and patterns at KnitOutsideTheBox.com.

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    1. Hi Jenny – thanks for your comment. I hope you are having lots of aha moments in your current career and with your children!

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