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Karen Catlin    

Advocate for Inclusive Workplaces, Coach, Speaker & Author

After spending twenty-five years building software products and serving as a vice president of engineering at Adobe, Karen Catlin witnessed a sharp decline in the number of women working in tech. Frustrated but galvanized, she knew it was time to switch gears.

Today, Karen is a leadership coach and an acclaimed author and speaker on inclusive workplaces. She is a highly sought-after and engaging presenter who has delivered talks at more than a hundred events. In addition to speaking herself, Karen is determined to bring more diversity to speaker lineups at tech industry events. To support this goal, she coauthored “Present! A Techie's Guide to Public Speaking”.

In 2014, Karen started the Twitter handle @betterallies to share simple, actionable steps that anyone can take to make their workplace more inclusive. That Twitter handle became the inspiration for books, “Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces” and “The Better Allies Approach to Hiring”.

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A Fireside Chat with Karen Catlin, author of "Better Allies"

Have you ever thought, "I care about creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace, but what can I do?” If so, you’re not alone. Knowing how to be a better ally for underrepresented colleagues is unfamiliar territory for many of us.

In this fireside chat with <name of interviewer>, Karen Catlin will cover key points from her book, "Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces." It will be a “no holds barred” conversation about the challenges women, Black people, and other underrepresented employees face in the workplace and how to take action as an ally.

Come discover how you can make a difference with the Better Allies® approach

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