Samantha Karlin is the CEO of Empower Global, which facilitates trainings on diversity and inclusion issues for Fortune 500 companies. Empower also runs a groundbreaking women’s leadership challenge for small groups of women leaders from around the world. Some of Empower’s clients include Slalom, RB, Cresa, Verizon, Reaology, Insight Partners, and beyond. She is also a facilitator for Korn Ferry, and for Equal Reality, which utilizes virtual reality for DEI. She speaks and does training all over the world, including at Harvard University, Tufts University, IE University, Indian Institute for Management, the Horasis Global Conference, etc., and is a TEDx speaker. She is also the host of Samanthropolitics, a cutting-edge talk show about international relations and women’s rights, where she interviews DC heavy weights and on the ground activists about US foreign policy.
Previously, Samantha led global engagement for a Silicon Valley tech company, led Ashoka’s programming with women social entrepreneurs, built coalitions for the Hillary for America campaign, and managed the women’s issues portfolio for the US Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Samantha holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy with a specialization in global gender analysis and conflict resolution from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She is a trained mediator and speaks Spanish fluently. She has been published in the Washington Post, Conscious Company Magazine and Women2.0, and is a New America expert.
She is currently working on a book about Feminist Leadership. Samantha has traveled all over the world, and loves to share funny and relatable anecdotes from her travels to highlight points related to social impact and diversity and inclusion. Samantha also has a multiply handicapped sister named Lindsay, who made history as the first person in the world to receive gene therapy for a genetic brain disease in 1998. She has been running the foundation to support kids with Canavan Disease for years.