Samantha B Karlin

Women's leadership and empowerment trainer, expert & Author; empowering women to step into their power & change the world

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. She is also a facilitator for the NeuroLeadership Insitutute, where she brings in neuroscience to prompt behavior change.

She is the upcoming author of Feminist Leadership: The Next Generation of Leaders, and is a Bellagio Fellow. Some clients include Amazon, Slalom, RB,, Verizon, Reaology, Insight Partners, Salsify, Hiscox, Halcyon, the DC Bar, Legacy International, Tufts University, Harvard University, Indian Institute of Management – India, IE Business School, Spain, and The Fletcher School.

Some of her popular keynotes are:

- Engaging Hearts and Minds as a Leader: Emotional and Logical Transference

- Women's Empowerment

- Lead Like a Woman

- Leveraging Your Intrinsic Power as a Woman

- Deconstructing Your Inner Patriarchy

- Feminist Leadership

- Build Your Own Damn Table: Women and Entrepreneurship

- Fostering Male Allies in the Fight for Gender Equity

- The Top Leadership Trends for 2023

- Embracing Equity and Intersectionality in the Workplace

- Embracing Equity in Technology

- Embracing Equity in Government

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

- Championing Women in the Workplace

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

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

- The Neuroscience of Happiness and Wellbeing

Samantha also hosts a talk show on international relations, Samanthropolitics, which brings 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 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 has also studied at Yale University, the Harvard Kennedy School, and the Harvard School of Education.  She has been published in the Washington Post, Conscious Company Magazine and Women2.0, and is a New America expert.

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