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Kim Keating
Kim Keating is founder and managing director of Keating Advisors. With over 18 years of experience, Kim serves as a trusted advisor to individuals and 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 and build compensation systems that are objective, transparent, and support fair and equal pay. She help individuals negotiate more effectively and women, in particular, to level the playing field by providing customized compensation data.

Prior to founding Keating Advisors, Kim was a consultant at Mercer Human Resource Consulting and Sibson & Company, human capital consulting firms where she worked with organizations to address strategic human resources challenges. Her senior corporate roles include leading the rewards function for The Advisory Board Company, a research think-tank, and the Motley Fool, a financial education company. Preceding her human resources career, Kim was a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley Investment Bank and Chief Financial Officer at Teach for America.

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 career management and compensation. She has been published in the WorldatWork and CUPA HR Journals, as well as quoted in business and women’s publications, including the Washington Business Journal and Cosmopolitan, and Essence Magazine. 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. She currently lives in Washington, DC.

Entries by Kim Keating

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

(10) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 12:02 PM

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 | 4:46 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 | 9:39 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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When Your Dream Job Isn't Your Dream Salary

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 1:16 PM

Figuring out what career to pursue can be difficult, especially when your passions and personal interests are not as easily translatable to stable employment. I have always been an advocate for the idea that the desire to solve important world problems or follow your dreams should not be confined to...

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What I Have to Be Thankful For

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 10:43 AM

We lead busy lives, moving at top speed to and from countless commitments: gym, office, child's soccer practice, PTA meeting, dinner, emails, sleep, and repeat. Now, we have the holidays to throw into the mix -- as if our schedules were not packed enough! Between figuring out the Thanksgiving menu,...

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The Importance of Courage

(2) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 11:54 AM

We all have heard stories about courage. When we are kids, courage comes from superheros taking down bad guys and saving the world. And as we get older, we hear of the mesmerizing accomplishments of courageous people who fight in wars, spur massive social change, and save lives.


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Boss' Day: Time to Hug Your Boss

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 12:53 PM

Do you hate your job? Well, maybe it's time to hug your boss. Today is Boss' Day, a holiday created in the late 1950s to improve the relationship between boss and employee.

Working with others is not always easy. Different opinions, personal drama, and...

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Having It All: Debunking 4 Negotiation Myths

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 2:09 PM

It's common knowledge that women earn less than men for the same job. A study shows that there is almost an 8 percent difference in the salaries of men and women MBA graduates because women are asking for less. A lot of this lack of negotiation comes from...

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On My Daughters' Birthday: 11 Good Habits To Form For A Bright Future

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 12:13 PM

Every fall and summer I get a few new interns who are ambitious and excited about joining my team. After several semesters they rotate out and venture off to explore other opportunities, but not without both of us having benefitted from their time spent at Keating Advisors. I get to...

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National Jewels: A Shout-Out To America's Hard-Working Ladies

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 2:32 PM

Monday was Labor Day, and I couldn't let this week pass by without acknowledging all the hard working ladies that have become role models for women everywhere. After all, the holiday was created to celebrate the achievements and contributions of American workers. These efforts have helped to build entire cities,...

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To A Dear Friend: 7 Things I Wish I Knew On My 30th Birthday

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 12:06 PM

While listening to my 20-something analysts at Keating Advisors vent about their stresses, I know that no matter how sound my advice may be, there are certain lessons that need to be experienced and not heard. As I listen, I find myself reflecting on things that were told...

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LeBron James: The Negotiation King?

(1) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 5:21 PM

LeBron James is no stranger to the headlines. In 2010 when he made his big move from Cleveland to join All-Star Dwayne Wade in Miami it was all but a smooth transition. Now, four years later LeBron has shockingly decided to "head back home" to Cleveland, Ohio. And no matter...

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How Much Am I Worth?

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 3:00 PM

Every day, I show women how to negotiate their salaries. Should I be paid more? Am I making enough?

Sure, there are tables and stats and mountains of compensation data to draw upon. But really knowing your worth starts on the inside.

As a mom, I...

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Was Abramson Squeezed Out by the Pay Gap? It's Complicated

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 5:28 PM

As a professional compensation expert and personal advocate for equal pay, I have been intrigued by the recent news of high level professionals still combatting the gender pay gap. The announcement this week is that the New York Times fired its executive editor, Jill Abramson, from the paper's...

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A Woman's Worth: Asking For a Raise From Beginning to End

(6) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 11:57 AM

This week, between the new Lean In book coming out April 8th and Obama requiring higher compensation transparency with federal contractors, the gender gap is on everyone's mind. And so, while much has been researched and written over the years about America's gender pay gap, I...

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Closing the Pay Gap in 3 Simple Steps

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 12:53 PM

Tomorrow, April 8th, is Equal Pay Day.

For every dollar a man earns, White women earn 77 cents, Black women earn 69 cents and Latina women earn just 57 cents.

For nearly 20 years, Equal Pay Day has been marked to represent the...

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Ban Bossy

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 1:07 AM

I was the same age my twin daughters are now in this picture -- 10 years old. Do I look bossy? Well, as a matter of fact, I was. And yes, I was teased for it. But once I learned that being "bossy" was necessary if I wanted to get...

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Half the Pay -- But Is It Half the Work? 3 Reasons Why Gender Inequity Exists

(9) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 12:33 PM

Mary Barra, the first female CEO of GM, gets paid half of what her male predecessor makes.

Quoting GM's January 2014 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Elizbaeth MacDonald writes on Fox Business that Barra will "get $4.4 million in total compensation, including a base...

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Obama's Shout-Out to the Ladies: The Policies Behind His Words

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 2:52 PM

In the State of the Union Address on Tuesday, Obama mentioned how outdated our country's work policies on women have become:

Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it's an embarrassment....
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Job Strategy: The Human Side of Digital Networking

(1) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 12:58 PM

Guest Blog by Bob Corlett of Staffing Advisors

If you have not looked for a job in the past few years, your search strategy is almost certainly obsolete. While job boards can be useful resources, they are a crumbling cornerstone of the modern job search strategy.


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