20+ years as Tech leader
Alana Karen is an award-winning tech leader, author, and speaker whose work impacts many of our everyday lives. From Google Search to Ads, Fiber to Google Grants and beyond, Alana has been leading the charge to develop, scale, build and drive team and product development that has seen rippling industry impact.
Alana has spoken at conferences and summits on technology, leadership, DEI, talent and innovation. Alana’s book, “Surviving or Thriving: Women’s Stories of Building Careers in Tech” (coming in 2020) aggregates hundreds of stories on these topics.
Speaking & Events
HRD Summit US, Boston March 18/19th. Co-presenter: Restructuring Your Talent Strategy Around Your People: Facilitating Internal Mobility.
Women Transforming Technology (WT2), Palo Alto, May 5th, Host of a Pecha Kucha on Emerging Leadership.
Upcoming Book – September 2020
Tentatively titled, “Surviving or Thriving: Women’s Stories of Building Careers in Tech”, Alana’s book takes a close look at the lives of women forging their careers in Tech. What do their paths look like and how are they navigating the ongoing stressors of an environment where they are in the minority? Do women feel like they are thriving, or just surviving? Are they satisfied, or are they tempted to give up?
Happy New Year all! I’ve taken an extended break from posts while I worked on a book (due out later this year). While I was working away, a song popped in my head and wouldn’t leave me alone until I wrote it down. It’s about my complicated relationship with motherhood. It’s tongue in cheek, y’all … Continue reading Just Don't Suck
A snippet from my upcoming book about Women in Tech And so I found myself outside of Boston on my first work trip when I was 22. I was working at a now defunct start-up, and I was the account manager for a flower company using our website technology. I arrived earlier than a colleague, … Continue reading Not a Date
I have tried so many different ideas over the years to lift people’s spirits, to turn around their day, to show that I care. From a team member’s tears over a project to a fight with their life partner, I have seen a ton of feelings in the workplace. Whether I embraced those emotions or … Continue reading The Hedgehog Rule: The right gift at the right time