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Katie Donovan
Katie Donovan is a salary and career negotiation consultant, equal pay consultant, and keynote speaker. Her company, Equal Pay Negotiations LLC, is dedicated to achieving equal pay by consulting for all the stakeholders: employees, employers, and policy makers. Katie’s 360-degree background in employment, which includes working for a staffing firm, an applicant-tracking developer, and a trade association, brings a unique and pragmatic perspective to the work.

Ms. Donovan’s helps her employee clients typically negotiate increases of $5,000 to $50,000. Katie expands the equal pay toolbox of employers and policy makers to include an end of using previous pay in the hiring process and other no-cost or low-cost to implement actions. Katie was part of the team that wrote legislation in MA and advised CA on similar legislation filed by both states in 2015.

Ms. Donovan speaks and conducts workshops on equal pay, salary negotiations, and career management at such venues as Harvard Business School, NASDAQ, Women in Construction, Association of American University Women, University of North Carolina, and Mom Corps. She is frequently quoted by and contributes to media including Mashable, SELF Magazine, Forbes, NPR, and more.

Entries by Katie Donovan

Gender Pay Gap by a Thousand Cuts

(1) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 11:22 AM

Photo: Pavlo Vakhrushev via Dollar Photo Club

Two quotes from Claudia Goldin, Harvard University professor and leader in gender economics research, during the Freakonomics podcast "The True Story of the Gender Pay Gap" stick with you. At least they have stuck...

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Five Reasons Salary History Hurts Your Hiring Goals

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 3:53 PM

"Reliance on existing salary to set pay could potentially adversely affect a candidate" Beth Cobert, Acting Director of The Office of Personnel Management
Beth Cobert wrote the above quote in a recent memo to federal agencies advising to close the persistent gender pay gap found in the...
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Reddit's No Negotiation Success Relies on Offer Process

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 12:37 PM

April 14th is Equal Pay Day, a day the symbolizes the extra work women need to do to earn what men earned last year. Ellen Pao, interim CEO of Reddit who recently lost a discrimination claim against her former employer, has a novel way to address this issue....

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The Sony Hack, Gender Pay Gap and the Agents' Role

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 2:37 PM

Congrats to Charlize Theron for reportedly negotiating an equal paycheck to her male co-star, Chris Hemsworth, for The Huntsman. According to some reports, Ms. Theron used the Sony Hack to help negotiate the equal deal.

True, knowing what others are being paid helps women achieve equal pay. Prior...

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5 Career Negotiating Tips for Recent Grads

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 10:34 AM

You did it! Not only did you graduate but you got the amazingly hard-to-get job. If you think of your career as a day, all that hard work and heartache is the equivalent to the alarm clock going off in the morning. You just started the sometimes fun, boring, controversial,...

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Equal Pay, Pay Transparency and Job Candidates

(3) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 4:08 PM

I love that the fight for equal pay continues to stay in the forefront. When Women Succeed America Succeeds, New York's Women's 10 Point Equality Agenda, Boston Closing the Wage Gap, and The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the...

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Forget the Second Job: Negotiate a Raise and Get Some Sleep

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 1:37 PM

If you are like many Americans, you have a second job or are thinking of getting one. A second job is a great way to cover your bills during tough economic times but two jobs often means less sleep and all the bad side effects that come with...

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