CEWiT Summit Speaker Spotlight: Karen Catlin

Monday, January 23, 2017

Karen Catlin, an advocate for women in the tech industry, will present the Keynote Address at CEWiT’s 4th annual technology conference, the CEWiT Summit (formerly known as Techie Women Have More…).

Karen’s talk is titled, “Women & Tech: We Need You Now More Than Ever.” Diversity in tech is a hot topic across America. Companies, big and small, yearn for it. The press reports on it frequently. There are hundreds of non-profits working on it, including initiatives to attract young women and underrepresented minorities to tech careers as coders, designers, business analysts, and entrepreneurs. Yet, tech diversity appears ever more elusive.

In her keynote, Karen will discuss why diversity is critical for innovation, and why we need women more than ever. She’ll share highlights of her career journey, from a risk-averse teen who had trouble stepping outside her comfort zone, to an executive in Silicon Valley, and to her current role as an Advocate for Women in Tech. And she’ll inspire you to take everyday actions to help improve diversity moving forward.

After spending over 25 years building software products, Karen is now an advocate for women in the tech industry, a leadership coach, a TEDx speaker, and co-author of "Present! A Techies Guide to Public Speaking." A sought-after public speaker, Karen regularly gives talks at leading tech companies, conferences, and universities. Formerly, Karen was a vice president at Adobe Systems.

Outside of her commercial ventures Karen works with a number of non-profits. Through Brown University Women's Launch Pad, Karen mentors young women about to start their careers. She’s 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 Initiative.

In 2015, the California State Assembly honored her with the Wonder Women Tech Innovator Award for outstanding achievements in business and technology and for being a role model for women. Karen holds a degree in Computer Science from Brown University.

Karen will present her talk on Friday, February 10 during the CEWiT banquet that begins at 6pm in the Tudor Room of the Indiana Memorial Union. Seating at the banquet is limited to the first 220 who register. To register for the banquet and for more information about the CEWiT Summit, visit the CEWiT Summit website.