Samantha B Karlin

TEDx speaker; Women's Leadership Expert; Leadership Trainer

Samantha is a passionate, charismatic and engaging TEDx speaker and leadership expert who empowers women and makes workplaces more equitable every day.  
She teaches the groundbreaking Women’s Leadership Challenge (featured in Washingtonian Magazine), where she trains women to step into their power, shatter glass ceilings, and foster change.
She also leads Empower Global, which facilitates trainings on various leadership and DEI topics for Fortune 500 companies, startups, nonprofits, government entities, and universities. Empower is rolling out an online course on cross-cultural communication. She was formerly a facilitator for the NeuroLeadership Insitutute, and  leverages neuroscience to prompt behavior change. She is now a senior facilitator for the Partnership for Public Service, where she trains government executives on all aspects of leadership, from resilience to leading change.
She is the upcoming author of Feminist Leadership: The Next Generation of Leaders, and received the prestigious Bellagio Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation. Other Bellagio Fellows have included Maya Angelou and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Samantha has been educated at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Education School, Tufts University, and Yale University.
Samantha hosts the show, Samanthropolitics, covering global politics from a feminist lens.

She has been published in the Washington Post, Conscious Company Magazine and Women2.0, and is a New America expert. She has been quoted in numerous publications and appeared on major news networks, including The Washington Post, Sustainability Magazine, and SABC South Africa.


Tech: AWS, Slalom,, Verizon, Reaology, Insight Partners, Salsify, Hiscox, Halcyon, the DC Bar, Legacy International, Fidelity Investments
Real Estate: Reaology, Coldwell Bankers, Rentspree
Finance: Fidelity Investments, Barclays
Universities: Harvard University, Tufts University, IIM Ahmedabad (India), IE Business School (Spain)
Nonprofits: Legacy International, The DC Bar, CARE International
Think Tanks: The Woodrow Wilson Center
Pharma: RB
F+B: ABinBev, Distiller's Association of America

Custom Keynotes for International Women’s Day, 2024:
- Inspiring Inclusion in Technology
- Inspiring Inclusion in Finance
- Inspiring Inclusion in AI – Why Women’s Voices Matter
- Women’s Empowerment
- Lead Like a Woman
- Women’s Economic Empowerment – Financial Inclusion around the world
- Women’s Economic Empowerment – Connecting Women to Global Supply Chains (story of WeConnect International)
- Inspiring Inclusive Product Design:  Designing Products Women Want
- Build Your Own Damn Table: Women and Entrepreneurship
- Inspiring Inclusion – How to Change Hearts and Minds on Gender Equity
- What Women Want: Attracting and Retaining Top Female Talent
- Leadership, Well-Being, and Work-Life Fluidity
- Feminist Foreign Policy

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Watch Samantha:
TEDx on Women’s Leadership Here:
Women and AI here:

“Samantha led a Women's Empowerment virtual event for our women's initiative called RENEW and the event was a success! She is such a professional and did a great job on the presentation, the conversations, the breakout rooms and was very engaging with everyone the whole time. She customized our workshop to the real estate industry, which was great since our audience is mostly in the real estate space. She takes the time to do the research on specific things that relate to your industry and topic. I would definitely have Samantha host another workshop!” – Aileen Romero, Rentspree

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