Pragmatic Solutions to Achieve Pay Equity
Katie Donovan is a pay equity expert and speaker. Her business, Equal Pay Negotiations LLC, is dedicated to achieving equal pay through pragmatic solutions for all stakeholders: employees, employers, and policy makers. Consulting with individuals to negotiate their pay and benefits. Consulting with employers and policy makers to enable the hiring, promotion, and review processes to achieve pay equity. Donovan utilizes a unique and practical approach focusing on the roadblocks to equity. Donovan’s background in employment, which includes a staffing firm, an applicant-tracking developer, and a trade association gives the insider experience to know the overlooked details.
Donovan’s involvement on the women’s economic equality issues goes beyond her work. Ms. Donovan is a founding and steering committee member of the MA Equal Pay Coalition and policy chair of the MA branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She innovated banning salary history questions to close the gender pay gap. The Massachusetts Equal Pay Law signed in 2016 was the first law in the nation to include such a provision. Eight states have followed Massachusetts’ lead with laws enacted in less than two years.
Donovan speaks and conducts workshops on equal pay, salary negotiations, and unintended biases in hiring at such venues as Harvard Business School, NASDAQ, Women in Construction, SEUI Interns and Residents, Society of Women Engineers, and Mom Corps. She is a sought after commentator on pay equity and women in business by media including Mashable, BBC, SELF Magazine, Forbes, NPR, Huffington Post, and more.
Donovan earned her MBA from McCallum School of Business, Bentley University in Waltham, MA and a BA in Economics from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. She grew up in Chelsea, MA and has stayed close to her roots, as has her extended family. She loves Boston and its two best sports, Red Sox baseball and politics. When not working, she can be found enjoying Boston and Cape Cod with friends and family, practicing yoga, kayaking, and baking.