Empower Global operates on a 3:1 model - for every 3 contracted corporate workshops, Empower offers a pro-bono confidence building workshop to girls and young women in need around the globe.
Empower has engaged young women in the US, Bosnia, Peru, Spain, India, and Saudi Arabia, to name a few, through its model.
Samantha Karlin, Founder and CEO
Ms. Karlin's background spans the public and private sectors, from tech to politics to foreign affairs. She was most recently an executive at a venture backed tech startup in Silicon Valley, in charge of global community. Before that, Ms. Karlin was the director of global engagement and gender equality at Ashoka, where she supported world renowned women social entrepreneurs. She has formerly built coalitions for the Hillary for America campaign, managed the gender portfolio for the US Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, developed leadership programs for low income students at Lumni in Peru, and fought extremism and AntiSemitism with the American Jewish Committee in NYC. She is an expert in gender equity with the New America Foundation. Ms. Karlin is also the pro bono Director of the Canavan Research Foundation, which funds research and treatment of pediatric genetic brain disease.
Ms. Karlin holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy in global gender analysis and conflict resolution from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Her master's thesis focused on achieving justice for victims of rape in the post-war period. She has also been educated at Yale University, the Harvard School of Education, the Harvard Kennedy School, and New York University. She is certified in mediation, and is undergoing a certification in women's entrepreneurship from Cornell University.