FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTORCarla Franklin, founder of Carlin Solutions, LLC, is a social media maven and business strategy expert. She started her career as a Java programmer and IT Consultant at Deloitte Consulting and IBM, and later transitioning into business and nonprofit strategy as a consultant with Bain Consulting (the Bridgespan Group). In her current role as Founder and Managing Director of Carlin Solutions, a Certified Women and Minority-owned Business Enterprise (W/MBE), Carla now provides management consulting services in the areas of operational improvement, change management, business analytics and due diligence, project management (and program management) for leading corporations, nonprofit organizations and public sector clients worldwide. Carla is also a digital media expert who blogs and speaks frequently on cultural trends in social media, women in technology, online safety, and anti-cyberbullying / cyberstalking advocacy. She has been a featured guest on NPR, Hot97 FM (New York City), AOL’s “You’ve Got” series, HuffPost Live and the CBS Morning show. Carla has been selected to speak on technology trends at SXSW Interactive and Social Media Week New York. Additionally, her work in against cyberbullying has been covered by The Daily Beast, Forbes.com and Time.com.
In her spare time, Carla enjoys volunteering, leading community development initiatives and public speaking. She currently sits on the board of the New York Foundation and actively blogs on the topics of technology, social media safety and digital pop culture. Most recently, Carla was selected to speak at the 2014 SXSW Interactive conference on Technology and Women’s Empowerment. In 2011, Carla was one of 50 women featured on More Magazine’s “Fierce List” for her fight against cybercrimes in New York State. In 2012, she was featured as one of Newsweek / The Daily Beast’s Women in the World.
Carla earned a BA from Duke University and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia Business School.