Karen Catlin

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Karen Smith Catlin (born 1963) is an American tech executive and advocate for women working in the technology industry.[1][2] She most recently served as a Vice President in the Office of the CTO at Adobe Systems.[3][4][5] She is a frequent speaker at technology events.[6]

From 1985-1990, Catlin worked as a software developer on the Intermedia system at Brown University. She then joined Macromedia in 1993 as an early employee, initially responsible for product localization. She went on to develop the program management discipline for the company and was promoted to the vice president level, leading shared engineering services across the entire product line. Catlin worked at Macromedia until 2006, when Adobe Systems acquired the company. She was an executive at Adobe Systems from 2006-2012, responsible for shared engineering services.[7]

Catlin co-authored Present! A Techie's Guide to Public Speaking with Poornima Vijayashanker in 2015.[8] She authored her second book, Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces, in 2019.[9]


  1. ^ https://news.brown.edu/articles/2016/02/hackathon
  2. ^ http://theglasshammer.com/2013/09/19/movers-and-shakers-karen-catlin-developing-powerful-women-leaders-in-the-tech-industry/
  3. ^ Devlin, Mala (June 1, 2012). Bit by Bit. Papillon Publishing. p. 59. ISBN 057810640X.
  4. ^ Rios, Edwin (22 June 2015). "This chart shows how sexist Silicon Valley really is". Mother Jones. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  5. ^ Manjoo, Farhad (27 March 2015). "Ellen Pao Disrupts How Silicon Valley Does Business". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  6. ^ http://schedule.gracehopper.org/speaker/karen-catlin/
  7. ^ http://www.adobestart.com/women-in-tech-the-missing-force-karen-catlin-adobe-systems/
  8. ^ http://femgineer.com/present-book/
  9. ^ http://www.betterallies.com/

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