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Kim Keating
With 20 years of experience, Kim serves as a trusted advisor to numerous industry leading organizations. Under her guidance and expertise, Kim helps organizations develop a clear talent management vision and strategy. She specializes in working with leaders to align their strategy, organization design, and compensation practices to deliver improved performance and results.
Kim holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and a B.B.A. in Finance from Southern Methodist University. Kim was awarded an International Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and studied at the United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya.
Kim is a published author and speaks frequently on the topic of talent management and compensation. She has been published in the WorldatWork and CUPA HR Journals, as well as featured on The Today Show, Glamour Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Washington Business Journal. Kim is currently a board member of Foundation, whose mission is to encourage women to pursue their ambitions, and NURU International, a nonprofit dedicated to ending global extreme poverty.

Entries by Kim Keating

The Biggest Mistake Women Make When Asking for a Raise

(3) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 9:20 AM

Today is Equal Pay Day. This day symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.

It was 20 years ago when the National Committee on Pay Equity discovered the disparity and created the "National Pay Inequity Day." Today, the name...

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8 Tips to Fast-Track Your Career

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 9:12 AM


8 Tips to Fast-Track Your Career

Have you ever felt like it is getting harder -- not easier -- for women to obtain senior level positions? Well, according to a recent report, it is.

LeanIn & McKinsey& Co conducted a...

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3 Tips for Navigating and Negotiating the Dating Scene

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2016 | 7:41 AM

Happy Valentine's Day! To celebrate this special day, Michelle Malawar, a bona fide love expert, outlines her negotiation tips for successful dating.

Negotiating is often thought of as a tactic -- a necessary life skill -- for the workplace and at home. AND, if you are single, there's no...

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A Letter to My Son on His 15th Birthday

(5) Comments | Posted January 16, 2016 | 7:23 AM

Happy Birthday! Each year, I honor your special day by imparting a few words of advice. And every year, I pray for your bright future, that your hopes and dreams will come true, and that you will be able to walk along an easier path than I.

Yet, in...

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6 Guiding Principles to Get Ahead in Your Career

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 10:56 AM

When speaking to audiences -- especially at colleges and universities-- I am often asked: "How do I really get ahead?" Here are lessons I've learned and advice I've been given from others over the years:

1. Establish your personal brand. In order to have a great career, you need to...

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What Women of Color Have to Do to Break Through

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 10:45 AM

Why are there are still so few women in the upper ranks of corporate America? Last week, Lean In and McKinsey & Co. published a major study on women in the workplace and found a few surprising conclusions.

Contrary to popular belief, women aren't abandoning their careers...

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A Mother's 6 Secrets on Surviving Middle School

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 2:14 PM

Today is your 12th birthday, my beautiful twin daughters, and I am thankful for 12 years of wonder.

As I reflect on this day, I cherish the memories of your elementary school years. It seems like just yesterday you were learning how to read, mastering your times tables, and...

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Negotiating

(2) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 1:39 PM

Negotiating is not always an easy thing to do. In our survey, 45 percent of respondents said they fear to negotiate for their salary due to "lack of negotiation skills" while 18 percent said they do not negotiate because of a "perceived lack of skills." In the past, I've talked...

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Tips to Practice Good Self-Care

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 11:07 AM

When the going gets tough and our lives seem to be moving faster than we can keep up with, those are the times we must pay attention to what we need -- self-care. Self-care refers to activities and practices that we can engage in on a regular basis to reduce...

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Pay Inequities in Hollywood

(1) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 9:57 AM

The glamorous life of Hollywood stars can sometimes seem hard for the average person to relate to. But when it comes to dealing with gender discrimination, it looks like today's female stars are -- unfortunately -- just like us!

Even in the upper echelon of Hollywood, there are pay...

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Family Leave in the U.S. and Europe: A Comparison

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 11:00 AM

In some U.S. companies, new parents are guaranteed their jobs for 12 weeks after the arrival of a new child. This law was established in 1993 by the Family Medical Leave Act. It was a progressive step for family-friendly policies in the U.S., but there is still no...

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Reddit CEO Bans Salary Negotiations

(5) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 2:13 PM

Last month, Reddit CEO Ellen Pao made a surprising decision to ban salary negotiations in an effort to combat the gender pay gap and promote diversity and equality in the workplace. The move has caused a lot of controversy. Some are criticizing the move for taking away an important tool...

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The Confidence Gap: What It Means for Equal Pay

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 4:29 PM

When I was in business school, our professors taught us to speak authoritatively to ensure that we sounded like we knew what we were talking about. The longer I continue to work with organizations, the more I see what excellent advice that was, especially for women.


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Waiting a Lifetime for Equal Pay: 6 Steps to Close the Gap Today

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 12:27 PM

Today, April 14, 2015 is Equal Pay Day, which marks the point in the present year when women earn the same amount as men did in the previous year. Here at home, the local Lean In DC Circle is working with local businesses to give women a 22...

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Equal Pay Role Model Spotlight: AAMI President & CEO, Mary Logan

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 2:50 PM

In honor of Equal Pay Day tomorrow, April 14, we would like to recognize some amazing pioneers of the gender pay equity movement.

One of the best parts of running a consulting firm is meeting interesting people and hearing their stories. Our clients come from a wide range of...

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What To Do When Your Manager Turns You Down for a Raise

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 11:44 AM

You finally decided to ask for a raise. You have been doing well in your job and your accomplishments over the past 12 months speak for themselves. So, you gather your labor market data, rehearse your talking points, and set up a time to speak with your manager. Everything seems...

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#LeanInTogether: 5 Ways to Teach Your Son to Lean In

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 3:31 PM

As the mother of three kids, I know that how I raise my teenage son is just as important as how I raise my twin daughters, especially when it comes to promoting gender equality. A major goal of Lean In is to empower women to achieve their dreams....

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Oscars 2015: Like It or Not, Movies Are Defining Our Culture

(9) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 11:02 AM

The movies are a reflection of our society. What filmmakers choose to make, and what we all choose to pay to see define our culture. Media and social norms have a reciprocal relationship. Does media define our culture? Or does our social culture dictate our media? I wouldn't be going...

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Why Young People Need to See Selma

(7) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 3:46 PM

This past weekend I went with friends to see Selma, a new film which chronicles the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., during the Civil Rights movement in 1964, which prompted President Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act that same year. The film was a poignant and honest...

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A Mother's Wish for Her Son: Just Stay Alive

(29) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 8:39 AM

My son turns 14 today. I'm sure he's wishing for all sorts of stuff: an Xbox, Beats headphones, maybe even good grades.

However, my wish for my son on his 14th birthday is much more fundamental. I wish for him to be able to walk to the grocery store without...

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