Leadership Coaching

I’m a leadership coach who specializes in the tech industry. As a former software engineer and an experienced executive, I understand both the thrill and the complexity of working in tech. I have strategies for increasing visibility, learning to be more strategic, rebranding yourself, becoming more confident, managing stakeholders, increasing employee engagement, and driving change across an organization.

For clients who want to improve communication skills, I draw on best practices from my book, “Present! A Techie’s Guide to Public Speaking.” I can help you hone messages and deliver them confidently, whether in a 1-on-1, at a team meeting, or on stage at an industry event.

I began my coaching practice in 2013. Since then, I’ve coached hundreds of clients to become stronger leaders, and I’d like to help your employees next.


Coaching: Regular Package
Assessment, 8 remote sessions, complimentary follow up call

Starting out, we assess strengths and goals for coaching. During eight 60-minute video meetings, we discuss top-of-mind concerns while also making progress on achieving my client’s goals. Plus I hold her accountable so that she moves forward.

Coaching: Executive Package
360 Assessment, six months of sessions, check-ins with stakeholders

This flexible package can include a 360 assessment of my client’s leadership strengths and areas for improvement, bi-weekly 60 minute meetings (in person in the San Francisco Bay Area, or by video), and check-ins with stakeholders.

Contact me for more information about my coaching packages.


My clients include Adobe Systems, AdRoll, BioMarin Pharmaceutical, eBay, Intel, Pinterest, Salesforce.com, Teespring, and Twilio. Here’s what they say:

I learned quite a lot from Karen in a short period. Because of her coaching, I am a stronger leader for the team that I manage, which resulted in higher productivity and team spirit. I am more confident when interacting with cross-functional groups and am able to speak up when things aren't right. As a result, I am a more respected member of the group and earned trust from upper management. I have also built a stronger network to support me and can more effectively influence others. Each time we met, Karen gave me interesting feedback and actionable suggestions to incorporate into my day-to-day life. In addition, she offered me a number of career advice that I really appreciate. I highly recommend her leadership coaching program. Sylvia Fong, Cancer Biologist, BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.

 I just finished a course of leadership training with Karen and it was fantastic – empowering, insightful, educational, beneficial and fun. I am using these tools every day, referring to them regularly, and finding that they greatly and positively impact how I handle my work. Hire her now. Marisa Lenhardt, Program Manager, Creative Technologies Lab and Disruptive Innovation Group, Adobe Systems Inc

I'm an experienced technical operations leader who works in a fast-paced fulfillment organization. I was looking for a leadership coach to help me develop skills to better scale with the growth of the business without simply working more hours every week. And I'm glad I found Karen Catlin. She helped me improve my delegation skills, which allowed me to spend more time on strategic initiatives with a larger business impact. She helped me be more transparent with my thought process and use inquiry to uncover potential issues in projects. She also helped me more effectively advocate for myself by conveying the high-level impact of my work. Karen leverages her extensive experience as a tech executive to help her clients become stronger leaders. I left each session inspired and armed with practical next steps. Her coaching program works.Sharon Burt, Director of Product Management, Operations and Fulfillment, Teespring

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