Digital Diversity Days at Sparkbox Workshop, November 13, 2019
Sparkbox, 123 Webster St., Dayton, OH 45402 (map)

“The Better Allies™ Approach” Workshop with Karen Catlin

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM (Lunch is included)

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

In this workshop, Silicon Valley veteran Karen Catlin covers key points from her book, Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces. Learn steps you can take to:

  • Attract and hire people from underrepresented groups

  • Amplify and advocate for others in meetings  

  • Use more inclusive language

  • Provide equitable and effective feedback  

  • Disrupt office housework

Attend just the workshop for $495. Or stay an extra day for the Diversity Leadership Forum—learn more.


Meet Karen Catlin

After spending 25 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, keynote speaker and author. She's 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 her second book, Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces.

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