I will be posting upcoming readings and other speaking events here. Check back often for updates.

Conferences and corporate speaking—I’m available to speak on a wide variety of topics related to work, parenthood, and working parenthood! Download my Speaker’s Kit (PDF), then email me to set something up: katrina AT workingmomsbreak DOT com. I also do a lot of speaking about UX and design (my day job).


First 5 Santa Barbara County – Monday, June 6 at 5:30 PM – 8 PM

First 5 Santa Barbara County and fellow members of the Santa Barbara community are excited to welcome Katrina Alcorn to Santa Barbara for an evening of enlightening discussion.

This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP here:

5:30PM-6:00PM: Mingle amongst your peers. Light refreshments provided.
6:00PM-7:30PM: Program
7:30-8PM: Stick around for a Meet-and-Greet with Katrina Alcorn

Join us for a unique perspective on stories about juggling work and family, why parents burn out and why businesses should care, and the new definition of family-friendly companies. Katrina will also speak on her book ‘Maxed Out! American Moms on the Brink,’ which will be available to those who attend the forum (while supplies last).

*Childcare services will be provided at the event venue to ensure mothers and fathers may attend and enjoy this free forum. More information on reserving a childcare spot is located in the RSVP link above.*


Speaking about design and the “Internet of Big Things” at these conferences:

Bay Area Book Festival (Berkeley, CA)
WHEN: Saturday June 6, 2015, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
WHAT: I will be speaking on a panel called “Exquisite Insanity: Moms Who Write” with these fabulous authors and soon-to-be authors: Aya de Leon, Carolina De Robertis (Perla), Kate Schatz (Rad American Women A-Z), moderated by Michelle Tea (How to Grow Up: A Memoir)
WHERE:  The Marsh Arts Center, Caberet; 2120 Allston Way; Berkeley, CA 94704
WHAT ELSE? Watch the video>

Worchester Polytechnic Institute (Webinar)
WHEN: Tuesday June 2, 2014 (9:30-10:30 am PST/12:30-1:30 pm EST)
WHERE: Online – I’ll post registration deets closer to the date.

Lead On: Silicon Valley Conference for Women (Santa Clara, CA)
 February 24, 2015
Santa Clara Convention Center; 5001 Great America Parkway; Santa Clara, CA
MORE: Fireside chat (without the fire) moderated by Jaleh Bisharat.

Massachusetts Conference for Women (Boston, MA)
WHEN: December 4, 2014
WHERE: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
MORE: Hillary Clinton is keynoting! Details here.

Speak to Me (Marin, CA)
WHEN: Lunch event! November 20, 2014, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
WHERE: Platti Restaurant, Mill Valley
MORE: I’ll be speaking with Stacey Delo of about “Work and Flexibility: Why Women Will Lead the Way.” Tickets $50.

Stress reduction teleseries (online)
WHEN: November 19, 2014, 12:00-1:00 pm Pacific time
WHERE: Online
MORE: Join Dr. Christine Carter and me on November 19th at noon PST for a new stress reduction teleseries. We’ll discuss the tension between the societal forces that make work-life balance hard, and practical things that we can do as individuals to find ease and joy. This is part of a free 3-part teleseries. Your essential guide to a low-stress but high-joy holiday season! (The audio of our conversation is available here.)
Texas Conference for Women (Austin, TX)
WHEN: November 13, 2014
WHERE: Austin Convention Center
MORE: I’ll be on a panel led by Joan C. Williams with Gail Sheehy and Kerri Zane: “Survival Strategies for a Lean In World: Real People, Real Stories, Real Solutions” followed by a book signing.
Adobe & Women Group (San Francisco, CA)
WHEN: November 6, 2014, 12:00-1:30 pm
WHAT: Author Talk: “Maxed Out! Strategies for Work-Life Balance”
WHERE: Employee auditorium, 601 Townsend Street, San Francisco (other offices will join via Adobe Connect)
MORE: Interactive discussion about a taboo topic: job burnout. I will share research about how common job stress is, why women (and men) burn out at work, and why businesses should care. I will also share three specific things we can all do in the workplace to thrive.

Golden Gate Mothers Group (GGMG) (San Francisco, CA)
WHEN: 6-8:30 pmTuesday October 21, 2014
WHERE: Pillsbury Law Firm, 4 Embarcadero
MORE: Light dinner, wine, and an evening of meaningful conversation with Oakland-based author and consultant, Katrina Alcorn. *The first 20 registrants will receive a copy of Maxed Out, compliments of GGMG. -SOLD OUT-

Pennsylvania Conference for Women (Philadelphia, PA)
WHEN: October 16, 2014
WHERE: PA Convention Center
MORE: I’ll be leading a panel discussion with Sharon Meers, Gail Sheehy, and Kendall O’Brien: “Survival Strategies for a Lean In World: Real People, Real Stories, Real Solutions” followed by a book signing.

Edelman (San Francisco, CA)
WHEN: September 24, 2014
WHERE: Edelman San Francisco
MORE: Edelman’s corporate book club is reading Maxed Out. I will join the second half of the meeting for an author Q&A.

Friends of Parents Place (Marina, CA)
WHAT: “Beyond Burnout: An Interactive Discussion for Working Parents with Author Katrina Alcorn”
WHEN: June 15, 2014, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
WHERE: Marina Library; 190 Seaside Circle; Marina, California
MORE: Attendees will receive a FREE copy of Maxed Out. Details here. And here’s the flyer.

PG&E Working Parents Guide Series (San Francisco, CA)
WHEN: Thursday, June 12, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
WHERE: PG&E Auditorium, 245 Market St., San Francisco
MORE: This is an event for PG&E employees hosted by the Women’s Network and Working Parent’s Guide Series. I’ll be giving a short talk about Maxed Out and answering questions.

POWER Opening Doors for Women (Chicago, IL)
WHAT: Join us for this 1-day conference on gender economics.
WHEN: Thursday, June 5 (I’ll be participating in an executive dinner panel at 6 pm.)
WHERE: University Club of Chicago; 76 East Monroe

Ventana School PTA (Los Altos, CA)
WHAT: Book reading & author chat
WHEN: Thursday May 15, 2014, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
WHERE: Ventana School, Los Altos

TEDx  (Monterey, CA)
WHEN: Saturday April 26, 2014 (all day event)
WHERE: Monterey Institute of International Studies
MORE: Video of this talk will be available soon! More at

Concord Chamber of Commerce (Concord, CA)
WHEN: April 10, 2014, 11:45am – 1pm
WHERE: Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, 2280 Diamond Blvd., Suite 200
MORE: Monthly women’s lunch. I will read from Maxed Out and answer questions.

Author’s Dinner, a Literary Feast (Lafayette, CA)
WHEN: Saturday, Mar. 22, 2014, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
WHERE: Lafayette Library and Learning Center
MORE: With 20+ acclaimed writers, dazzling decorations and venue, delicious food and drink, and great books to talk about, this is sure to be a magical evening and also raise funds for the LLLC.

Sweet Thursdays—Reading, interview, and sweets! (Lafayette, CA)
WHEN: Thursday, Mar. 20, 2014  at 7:00 pm
WHERE: Lafayette Library and Learning Center
MORE: Sweet Thursdays a popular monthly literary series produced by the Friends of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. The format varies by author but generally consists of a short reading, an interview, questions from the audience, and a book signing. True to it’s name, sweets are provided for the event by the National Charity League. FREE to the public. More info>

SXSW 2014 Interactive conference! (Austin, TX)
DATE: Saturday, March 8th 2014

  • Book Reading Time: 10:00 – 10:20 AM
    Venue: Austin Convention Center – Ballroom G – 4th Floor
  • Book Signing Time: 10:20 – 10:40 AM
    Venue: SX Bookstore – Austin Convention Center – 4th Floor (Ballroom D Foyer)

MORE: I’ll be giving a talk about Maxed Out and dispensing advice to creative professionals who want better work-life balance, followed by a book signing. A video of the 20 minute talk is now available here.

Temescal Library (Oakland, CA)
WHEN: Feb. 8, 2014 at 3:00 PM
WHERE: Temescal branch library, 5205 Telegraph Avenue Oakland, California 94609
WHAT: Author reading (details on format TBD)

Deloitte Women’s Initiative (Seattle, WA)
WHEN: Jan. 7, 2014  noon
WHERE: I’ll be joining via video conference
WHAT: Author Q&A with company book club

Bookstore reading! (Alameda, CA)
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm
WHERE: Books Inc., 1344 Park Street, Alameda, CA
MORE: This reading was a fundraiser for a fabulous organization: Girls Inc!

Bookstore reading! (Menlo Park, CA)
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 at 7:30pm (Pacific)
WHERE: Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA

Bookstore reading! (Berkeley, CA)
WHEN:Wednesday 10/9/13 at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific)
WHERE:Pegasus Books, 2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA

Working Moms on the Brink: A Conversation with Katrina Alcorn (ONLINE)
WHEN: Sep 27, 2013, 9:00pm – 10:00pm (Eastern)
WHERE: Online – Google Hangout
MORE: Are you struggling to do it all, yet feeling like a big ol’ mom fail? Join the bloggers of Working Moms Against Guilt and Katrina Alcorn for a lively discussion about the dysfunction between our careers and home lives—and the ultimate consequences to our health.

Working Mom Burnout: Why It Happens and What to Do About It (ONLINE)
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 24,, 2013 at NOON (Eastern)
WHERE: Online – Google Hangout
MORE: Journalist and blogger, Emma Johnson, interviewed me about why moms are overwhelmed and burned out and what we can do about it. Watch the full interview here>

Book launch event! (Berkeley, CA)
WHEN: Tuesday 9/3/13 at 7 p.m. (Pacific)
WHERE: Books Inc, 1760 4th St. Berkeley
MORE: I will be reading from Maxed Out and signing books. This will be my first book store event. I hope to see you there!

Live author chat (ONLINE)
WHEN: Tuesday, 8/27/13 at 1 p.m. (Eastern)
WHERE: Online! Archived here:
MORE: The chat was text only and appeared on Postmedia’s newspaper websites (including the Vancouver Sun, Edmonton Journal, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen and several others) as well as on Postmedia is the largest publisher of English-language paid daily newspapers in Canada.

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I would love to…not sure there’s a budget for that for the moment, but in the meantime, feel free to set up an event with me (in person or online). You can start here:


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