Speaking & Facilitation

When You Hire Katie You Can Expect:

Interactive individual, small, and large group activities

Every session privileges participant engagement through activities, worksheets, and direct application of the session content.

Research-informed content and approaches

In addition to being designed based on research and best practices, each session comes with additional resources and citations for participants to explore.


Step-by-step breakdowns of complex processes

Each session is informed by a systems-thinking approach so that participants can follow along every step of the way.

Practical takeaways with direct applications for participants

Every participant will walk away from each session with something that they can immediately apply to their life and work.

Diverse and inspirational examples

To ensure personalization of the session content to a wide range of participants, each session includes many different examples to illustrate important concepts.


This keynote can be facilitated as a 45 minute talk (with 15 minute Q&A sessions) or as a 1.5 hour interactive plenary.

I’ve Got This and So Do You: Cultivating Radical Self-Trust in Academia

Academics often struggle with imposter syndrome, self-doubt, stress, and anxiety. In this interactive keynote, Dr. Katie Linder shares how these challenges can be mitigated through the cultivation of Radical Self-Trust, a taxonomy she developed to help others increase their capacity for steadfast self-awareness and self-loyalty. Join Dr. Linder as she shares tools for cultivating Radical Self-Trust through six foundational methods: seeking self-knowledge, nurturing your superpowers, playfully experimenting, living your core values with intention, practicing loving kindness toward yourself and others, and settling into your life’s purpose.

Key takeaways:

  • Six elements of self-distrust
  • Six elements of cultivating radical self-trust
  • Tools and activities for cultivating each element of radical self-trust
  • Six benefits of cultivating radical self-trust

Workshop Topics

Workshops are interactive sessions where participants engage in a range of reflective activities over a minimum of 90 minutes and a maximum of six hours (longer workshops include a mid-session break and/or a meal depending on session length). Participants leave with key takeaways, resources, and action steps tailored to the topic of the workshop. Topics for workshops are included below, and hosts are welcome to suggest additional topics of interest.

Anchored & Aligned: Translating Your Professional Values for Online Environments

Based on principles from Managing Your Professional Identity Online: A Guide for Faculty, Staff, and Administrators, participants in this workshop explore best practices for integrating and aligning their professional values into how and where they choose to be online.

Key takeaways:

  • Three key strategies for identifying your professional values
  • Why you need a goal-oriented approach to online engagement
  • A list of common online spaces for academics and higher education professionals
  • A comprehensive rubric with guiding questions to self-assess where and how you are currently online
  • A personalized action plan for making changes to your current online engagement techniques
Beyond Time Management: 7 Productivity Skills Every Writer Should Cultivate

Although good time management is often seen as the panacea of successful academic writing, there are many other skills involved. In this interactive workshop, specific examples and practical strategies are emphasized to help participants identify and self-assess the skills that are most effective in their own writing lives.

Key takeaways:

  • The seven skills to cultivate in order to improve writing efficiency and productivity
  • Guiding questions for assessing strengths and challenge areas with academic writing
  • Resources to improve decisiveness, strategic planning, executive function, habit building and more
Evidence-based Practices in Blended Course Design

Based on principles from The Blended Course Design Workbook: A Practical Guide, participants in this workshop explore best practices for transitioning a course from a traditional, face-to-face environment to one that is blended.

Key takeaways:

  • A practical guide for writing course goals and objectives
  • Three strategies for developing aligned learning activities and assessments
  • Ideas for effectively leveraging technology for student success
  • Practice using evidence-based backward design methods
Juggling Multiple Projects: Strategies & Tips for Success

It can be easy to get overwhelmed when we have multiple projects on our plate. In this workshop, participants learn strategies for getting their ideas and action items out of their heads to create space for creative thinking, explore tips for how to share the load and create accountability for their projects, and receive examples of organizational habits that keep project details at their fingertips.

Key takeaways:

  • A project audit strategy
  • Six methods for prioritizing projects
  • A workbook that can be repeatedly used to create an annual plan
Planning for a Productive Year

Goals are more easily accomplished when they are clearly articulated and written down. In this interactive workshop, participants will engage in reflective activities to design their next year of scholarship activities, teaching, professional development and service obligations.

Key takeaways:

  • Strategies for maintaining productivity during the busy academic year
  • Ideal schedules for personalized productivity
  • A plan for staying flexible and productive over a changing academic year
SoTL by Design: A Step-by-Step Guide for Designing and Implementing Classroom Research in Higher Education

Researching how students learn can seem overwhelming, especially if you are approaching a classroom research project for the first time. In this interactive workshop, participants engage in a range of step-by-step activities to design a personalized Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project. (This workshop is also available as a comprehensive, self-paced online course.)

Key takeaways:

  • Templates, checklists, and worksheets for every stage of the SoTL design process
  • Overviews of all phases of the SoTL process including navigating the IRB process, choosing a research question, exploring SoTL research designs, mapping evidence, creating a data analysis plan, crafting a project timeline, and strategizing about the dissemination of SoTL project results
Workflow: Systems and Strategies for Meaningful Productivity

Meaningful work occurs through small actions that we take each day, so why does our work often feel directionless or purposeless? In this workshop, participants explore the systems and strategies they can use to ensure goal-oriented and meaningful productivity every day.

Key takeaways:

  • Identifying your core professional values
  • Aligning your to-do list with your values
  • Strategies for assessing your daily, weekly, monthly, and annual productivity
Writing with Intention: Creating a Strategic Scholarly Pipeline

Purposeful writing begins with a plan and a strategy. In this interactive workshop, participants will receive tools and ideas for creating and maintaining a scholarly writing pipeline for articles, books, conference proposals, and other projects that can be applied to any stage in their academic career.

Key takeaways:

  • Five stages of a strong scholarly pipeline
  • Examples of how to visualize a scholarly pipeline
  • Strategies for maintaining writing productivity during the busy academic year

Q&A Sessions

Q&A sessions are more informal 60-minute conversations that are structured by the participants’ interests and questions. They can take place over a meal or as a standalone event, and are often in a private small-group setting to encourage open and honest questions and dialogue. Participants receive a list of curated resources on the topic of the Q&A session. Topics for potential Q&A sessions are included below, but hosts are welcome to suggest additional topics of interest.

Cultivating Radical Self-Trust

Academics often struggle with imposter syndrome, self-doubt, stress, and anxiety. In this informal Q&A session, participants have the opportunity to ask questions about cultivating the components of radical self-trust. Topics of discussion include strategies for seeking self-knowledge, nurturing your superpowers, playfully experimenting, living your core values with intention, practicing loving kindness toward yourself and others, and settling into your life’s purpose.

Journal Publishing

Getting an article accepted in a journal can be a mysterious process. In this informal Q&A session, participants have the opportunity to peek behind the curtain of a journal editing team and ask questions about all stages of the submission process. Participants will leave with resources, tips, and practical strategies that can help them place their papers in the right journals while avoiding the common pitfalls of article submission.

Personal/Professional Branding

The concept of branding no longer applies just to higher education institutions. As the marketplace becomes more and more cluttered, academics need to differentiate themselves in important ways. In this informal Q&A session, participants have the opportunity to ask questions about the components of an individual professional brand, identify aspects of their own personal brand, and leave the session with an action plan for clarifying and communicating their brand to a range of stakeholders.


Podcasting has become a popular medium for academics to share tips and strategies for career success, disciplinary research, and much more. In this informal Q&A session, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about how to get started with podcasting, the technical side of producing a podcast, marketing strategies, and more. Each participant will leave the session with a clearer sense of how to create and launch a podcast on a topic of their choice.

Scholarship Dissemination

Many academics feel uncomfortable with self-promotion and have never received formal training in how to share about their work and projects. In this informal Q&A session, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about a range of ways to promote their work and projects via social media, an intentional web presence, public speaking, media engagement, and more. Each participant will leave the session with a concrete action plan for promoting their portfolio of work using strategies that fit their career stage and professional goals.

Resources to Combine with Speaking Events:


As a certified executive life coach, Katie can offer private or small group coaching to participants in-person or virtually in combination with a speaking event.

Online Courses or Webinars

Several of Katie’s workshop and webinar topics are also available as online courses that can be made available to participants before or after a live event.


Katie has written several books that pair well with my speaking topics. Bulk purchase discounts are available for special events.

Client Testimonials


“Columbia Southern University holds two virtual conferences each year. We were seeking a keynote speaker for our Excellence in Higher Education conference held in September, 2016. We reached out to Dr. Linder to provide this service, and we were extremely pleased and impressed with our return.

Through the use of contemporary cognitive studies and digital data trends, Dr. Linder helped shine a light on the dynamic digital environment educators and learners find themselves in today and promoted an emphasis on utilizing technology to leverage learning in the classroom, rather than distract from it.

We hope we get another opportunity to work with Dr. Linder in the future.”

Dr. Kim Langham, Director of Faculty Development, Services, and Support & Peter Eggebraaten, Training and Development Coordinator


“Dr. Katie Linder gave an outstanding interactive plenary presentation during the CAE’s 12th Annual Summer Conference at Fairfield University. She customized her presentation and activities around the conference theme and to meet the needs of a diverse audience.

Participants were actively engaged in discussions and reflection. Dr. Linder provided rich visuals and examples to illustrate her key points, building on the current literature in higher education. Her handouts provided resources that could be used immediately in various contexts.

Participants comments included the following words to describe Dr. Linder’s presentation: ‘insightful,’ ‘organized,’ ‘engaging,’ ‘fun,’ and ‘awesome!’”

Dr. Suzanna Klaf, Associate Director, Center for Academic Excellence, Fairfield University, CT (now Associate Director of Faculty Programs & Services at Columbia University)


“I invited Katie Linder to Lehigh University in order to help our graduate students in English think more about their professional development, both in the realm of their writing and their teaching. I also asked her to offer a presentation on jobs in academia, both faculty and non-faculty positions.

Her presentations were fantastic, offering concrete strategies and practices by which students (and faculty members, for that matter) could become more self-aware of their writing and teaching habits and improve on those habits to become more productive and effective.

Katie also went above and beyond the call of duty in reading materials for students on the market both while she was here and after she left!”

Dr. Dawn Keetley, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Graduate Program, LeHigh University, Bethlehem, PA