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Samantha Karlin

Samantha is a passionate, charismatic and engaging speaker who seeks to empower women, change company cultures into places where people flourish, and inspire people to create a better world. 

 

She is the CEO of Empower Global, where she facilitates trainings and gives keynotes on issues regarding diversity and inclusion for Fortune 500 companies, startups, nonprofits, government entities, and universities. Empower also runs a groundbreaking women’s leadership challenge for small groups of women leaders from around the world.

 

Some of Samantha's keynote engagements include:

Corporate Clients - Amazon, Slalom, RB, Monday.com, Verizon, Reaology, Insight Partners, Salsify, Hiscox, etc.

Nonprofits- Halcyon, the DC Bar, Legacy International, etc.

Universities and Bschools – Tufts University, Harvard University, Indian Institute of Management – India, IE Business School, Spain, The Fletcher School, etc.

Some of her popular keynotes are:

-Breaking the Bias for Women in Tech/FinTech/Finance

-Championing Women in the Workplace

-Ethics and Technology: A Revolution Awaiting

-Real Allyship

-Why Diversity Matters

-Start where you stand: A call to action for Leaders

-How to be Happy

-What Resilience Really Means: Stories of Women's Rights Activists around the World

-Vulnerability, Empathy, and Connection in the Virtual World.

-Inclusive Leadership

-Countering the Great Resignation

-Leading Millennials and GenZ: What You Must Know

-How to Create Sustainable Change on the Things That Matter to You

-The New International Order: Making Sense of the War in Ukraine

 

Samantha also hosts a talk show on international relations, Samanthropolitics, which seeks to bring awareness to conflict and crises around the globe, and make global issues relatable to a Western audience. She has extensive experience living and working abroad, including at the US embassy in Bosnia, training young leaders in Peru, designing Russian civil society activation programs in Prague, etc.

She authored a white paper on inclusive virtual facilitation techniques and is very adept in the virtual space, and also is thrilled to give in person keynotes. 

She has been described as an inspirational speaker and leader, easy to work with, and a motivating voice for all who hear her.  She is a TEDx speaker.

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 is a passionate, charismatic and engaging speaker who seeks to empower women, change company cultures into places where people flourish, and inspire people to create a better world. 

 

She is the CEO of Empower Global, where she facilitates trainings and gives keynotes on issues regarding diversity and inclusion for Fortune 500 companies, startups, nonprofits, government entities, and universities. Empower also runs a groundbreaking women’s leadership challenge for small groups of women leaders from around the world.

 

Some of Samantha's keynote engagements include:

Corporate Clients - Amazon, Slalom, RB, Monday.com, Verizon, Reaology, Insight Partners, Salsify, Hiscox, etc.

Nonprofits- Halcyon, the DC Bar, Legacy International, etc.

Universities and Bschools – Tufts University, Harvard University, Indian Institute of Management – India, IE Business School, Spain, The Fletcher School, etc.

Some of her popular keynotes are:

-Breaking the Bias for Women in Tech/FinTech/Finance

-Championing Women in the Workplace

-Ethics and Technology: A Revolution Awaiting

-Real Allyship

-Why Diversity Matters

-Start where you stand: A call to action for Leaders

-How to be Happy

-What Resilience Really Means: Stories of Women's Rights Activists around the World

-Vulnerability, Empathy, and Connection in the Virtual World.

-Inclusive Leadership

-Countering the Great Resignation

-Leading Millennials and GenZ: What You Must Know

-How to Create Sustainable Change on the Things That Matter to You

-The New International Order: Making Sense of the War in Ukraine

 

Samantha also hosts a talk show on international relations, Samanthropolitics, which seeks to bring awareness to conflict and crises around the globe, and make global issues relatable to a Western audience. She has extensive experience living and working abroad, including at the US embassy in Bosnia, training young leaders in Peru, designing Russian civil society activation programs in Prague, etc.

She authored a white paper on inclusive virtual facilitation techniques and is very adept in the virtual space, and also is thrilled to give in person keynotes. 

She has been described as an inspirational speaker and leader, easy to work with, and a motivating voice for all who hear her.  She is a TEDx speaker.

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. 

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Alexandra Latimer

Review: Samantha was way more than I bargained for in a panel moderator. She was prepared, knowledgeable, attentive, entertaining, enlightening and so much more. She is masterful in the way she was able to keep the panel flowing, on topic and balanced. We had 3 panelists and she was fair in ensuring that no one panelist dominated the conversation, but also made sure to ask follow up questions that added value and substance to the conversation. I'd have her as a moderator again, and highly recommend her for any discussion topic that has an emphasis on diversity, diversity education, inclusion, equity and belonging.

Simone Bateson

Review: Samantha spoke at TEDxTufts' 2020 conference. As the opening speaker, she really set the tone for our event. Samantha immediately energized the audience with her simultaneously professional and down-to-earth tone. She explored the topic of women's empowerment in a way that was easy for any audience member to understand and grapple with, while also including nuanced personal anecdotes and refreshing takeaways. Samantha was also a pleasure to work with! Her comfort on stage made coaching extremely simple, and her eager engagement with our team and other speakers made the experience rewarding for all involved with our event.

Lauren Cardenas, Slalom

Review: Empowerment of under-served voices is a responsibility that lands on each of our shoulders. How we engage, and the decisions we make leave trickling and lasting impacts on those around us. To stray from using a gendered sports analogy - each drop in the ocean has the potential to contribute to a wave. Shifting a culture isn’t easy, and maintaining one can prove just as challenging. Samantha Karlin helped us take these first steps in becoming better mentors and colleagues by facilitating a corporate workshop on Gender Equity at Slalom’s South Florida Office. Following her workshop, participants and allies met to take actionable steps towards making our office more gender equitable. We are continuing to amplify our efforts in D&I recruitment and are considering larger internal initiatives to ensure that candidates and employees are not subject to implicit racial and gender biases. We are holding each other accountable to produce more gender neutral team outings, and to refrain from using gendered language and analogies in our discussions, among others. Samantha’s workshop ignited a powerful movement at Slalom South Florida, and we are greatly appreciative of her services, and of her continued impact on gender equity in the workplace.

Jose Sastre, IE Business School

Review: I had a chance to work with Samantha while I was doing my MBA at IE Business School, she came as a speaker to talk about diversity and inclusion for an academic club I was coordinating. She showed complete control and knowledge regarding the topic, it was really insightful and enriching. She was very open to all the questions that were made by several students. I was really proud of the impact and level the talk had, since she is a really adept and very professional speaker.

Katie Curiel, Director, Legacy International

Review: Passionate, inquisitive, authentic, personable, professional... This embodies Samantha in our work with her as we collaborated on building and facilitating the key training for our virtual women's empowerment program for 60 young professionals in Palestine in March 2022. Samantha worked closely with us to understand our participants and the cultural aspects that are unique to their experience of gender and empowerment; this was critical to implementing an effective training and she went above and beyond to assure her understanding and content were culturally relevant. Samantha also adjusted her language so our non-native English speaking audience could more easily comprehend and engage. The participants highly rated her training as one of their favorite aspects of the program. They not only learned a lot about women's empowerment but they gained a great deal of inspiration, especially through Samantha's authentic self. Samantha's content covered women's empowerment globally as well as in the MENA region and Palestine. She did her homework and delivered! We highly recommend Samantha and look forward to partnering again. - Katie, Director, International Exchange Programs, Legacy International

Caitlin Anderson, Sales Leader, Amazon Web Services

Review: Samantha is an inspirational leader and speaker who is passionate and knowledgeable on the subject of biases and disparities that women in the technology industry face every day. She led a collaborative workshop for our team that allowed for a safe space for us to learn, share our experiences, and discuss how we can better support and advocate for our success, work/life balance, and professional development.

More About Samantha Karlin

  • What is your favorite quote? "If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair." - Shirley Chisholm
  • Are there any moments that stand out as having a significant impact on your career? I have significant experience internationally, including managing the gender portfolio for the US State Department in Bosnia, training young leaders in Peru, singing opera in the Czech Republ
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? I was trained as an opera singer, and sang professionally in Europe starting at age 16. I love singing Mozart, Bach, and Donizetti and still spin out some arias at concerts in DC.
  • Who do you look up to as a mentor and why? Madeline Albright. If there had been any woman who was equipped to be president it was Madeline. She's an incredibly sage, astute, and culturally adept woman who made incredible strides given
  • Is there anything else we should know about you? I customize each talk to the audience. My goal is to keep people engaged, inspire them, and educate them.
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