About Katy Dickinson

Katy Dickinson, May 2021


Career Summary

Katy Dickinson is the Founder of Mentoring Standard and an award-winning Process Architect. Katy Dickinson makes mentors shine.  Starting in 2001, she was the Process Architect and manager of successful mentoring programs in the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia – while holding a variety of senior executive roles in the Silicon Valley. At Sun Microsystems, she created and managed the global Engineering mentoring programs for 10 years, after creating and managing the Sun Labs archiving system, the Software development life cycle process, and other large corporate infrastructure.

In 2017, Katy Dickinson became a Certified Interfaith Speaker for the Islamic Networks Group (she joined the ING Board in 2021). In May 2021, Katy Dickinson was graduated with a Master of Arts – Theology from the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), and a Certificate in Spirituality and Social Change from Pacific School of Religion.  Her thesis title was “Range of Chaplain Engagement with Prisoners.” She is in the Berkeley School of Theology – Doctor of Ministry program, and is part of the first cohort of GTU’s Interreligious Chaplaincy Certificate program. Since 2015, she has been a volunteer chaplain for the Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy in Santa Clara County.

Katy Dickinson has been an Accredited Mentor by the University of the South – School of Theology’s Education for Ministry (EfM) program since 2011. She is the EfM Coordinator for the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real. She was a member of the Anita Borg Institute Advisory Board for 10 years, and a lecturer for 12 years for a University of California at Berkeley – Engineering class on entrepreneurship.

Katy Dickinson was the Process Architect for the first class of the U.S. State Department’s TechWomen mentoring program, and continues as a TechWomen mentor, as well as serving in twelve international delegations since 2011. She is currently mentoring teams in Algeria and Sierra Leone. Katy Dickinson has traveled to the Middle East and Africa fifteen times since 2010. She is part of the team that created the Notable Technical Women cards and posters in 2014.  She has been a member of the Episcopal-Anglican Congo Network since 2015. In 2021, she joined the Board of Clausen House. She is an author, speaker, and has been a popular blogger on Katysblog since 2005.

More: Katy’s Resume


Katy Dickinson and her husband John Plocher live in San Jose (in the South of the San Francisco Bay Area) with their son Paul D. Goodman who is an artist in ceramics, wood, and metal.  Their daughter Jessica Dickinson Goodman is married to Matthew Holmes; they also live in San Jose.  Katy spends her free time gardening and restoring WP668, a 1916 Western Pacific steel framed wooden caboose in her backyard.

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