Writings

Books

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Are you looking to build a workplace culture with a certain buzz about it? Where employees are thriving and engagement survey scores are through the roof. Where people from different backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, ages, and abilities are hired and set up for success—and they all want their friends to work there too, because it’s so awesome.

One secret to creating this kind of workplace is allyship. And it’s something anyone can do.

In Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces, you’ll learn to spot situations where you can create a more inclusive culture, along with straightforward steps to take. Leadership coach Karen Catlin will walk you though how to be a better ally, including: – Hiring and retaining a diverse workforce – Amplifying and advocating for others – Giving effective and equitable performance feedback – Using more inclusive language Read this book to level-up your ally skills and create a culture where everyone, including you, can do their best work and thrive.

Coming in January 2019. Click here to be alerted when it’s available.


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Poornima Vijayashanker and I wrote the book we wish we had earlier in our career: Present! A Techie’s Guide to Public Speaking.

Our goal for this book is to see more people speak. We believe in making the tech world more inclusive, and part of that mission is to encourage women and underrepresented minorities to share their expertise. We want to bring life to more voices that might be silenced by fear and self-doubt or are simply left out of the conversation.

Present! is available as a softcover printed book, Kindle version, and Audible version.


Articles

The Daily Beast
Tech’s Male ‘Feminists’ Aren’t Helping Feminism is more fashionable than ever. Too bad the tech industry’s male leaders are jumping on the bandwagon for their own good instead of the good of their female colleagues. By Karen Catlin and Cate Huston
Fast Company
4 Steps Toward A More Successful Women-In-Tech Initiative If you’re considering starting a group for fellow tech-focused women at work, you’ll want to read this article by Karen Catlin.
Inc Magazine
The Art of Micro-Mentoring If the word “mentoring” makes you squirm, don’t fret. There is an alternative, as Karen Catlin explains.
A New Domain
Seven Reasons Technical Women Quit and How to Keep Them So, you’ve worked hard to recruit talented technical women to your company, and you certainly don’t want to lose them. By Karen Catlin.
Fast Company
6 Ways To Scare Off Technical Women From Your Company Look around. See a lot of beards? Then take a look at the unintended messages you’re sending in your hiring process. By Karen Catlin.
Project Eve
In Startups & In Life: Alone, but Never Alone The uncertainty of it all was overwhelming at times, but I knew I wasn’t alone. Others were on the same journey. By Karen Catlin.
Women 2.0
Women 2.0 – Various articles Women 2.0 syndicates my articles about entrepreneurship and leadership.