The Ad Club Awards Kristen Keating of Google First-Ever “Hearts On Fire Rising Star Award”

25 Mar 2010 12:32 PM | Deleted user
For release: March 25, 2010

The Ad Club Awards Kristen Keating of Google First-Ever “Hearts On Fire Rising Star Award”

Keating Awarded Prize on Stage at The Ad Club’s Annual Women’s Leadership Forum

BOSTON, Mass.  – Kristen Keating, a 25-year-old account manager at Google’s Cambridge office, is officially a “rising star.” She is the first recipient of The Ad Club’s “Hearts On Fire Rising Star Award,” awarded March 24 at The Ad Club’s annual Women’s Leadership Forum.

“The award, sponsored by Hearts On Fire, was developed to recognize young women 30 and under who have the passion and the fire in their hearts to make a difference, not only in their work place, but also in their community,” said Kathy Kiely, president of The Ad Club. “Kristen fit the bill perfectly through her dedication to her career and community.”

Keating was nominated by a colleague at Google, Cara Shortsleeve, for her ability to lead by example in her position and through volunteering for organizations such as the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She was selected by The Ad Club judging committee from a pool of approximately 30 submissions.

According to Shortsleeve’s nomination, Keating has achieved record impact as an optimization specialist, providing in-depth analysis and improvement of client’s Google AdWords accounts, and is now excelling in her coverage of the highest potential financial services clients on the East Coast, managing 10 clients.  Her strong performance as a sales rep and her ability to help clients succeed earned Keating Google’s “Gold Recognition Award,” a prize handed out every six months to the top 10% of the staff.

Through her commitment to community service, Keating spent a year serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. She has also brought community spirit to Google through serving as the local lead for GoogleServes, a company-wide volunteer effort. She managed a team of 15 peers, which organized and sponsored 10 service events with record attendance.

Keating was awarded the “Hearts On Fire Rising Star Award” March 24 at The Ad Club’s 2010 Women’s Leadership Forum - an afternoon of discussions, based on the theme ‘the best advice I ever got,’ with forward-thinking women from a variety of career paths and generations.

Keating received a scholarship through The Ad Club, as well as The Hearts On Fire diamond pendent. She will have the opportunity to present the award to the 2011 ‘rising star’ recipient at The Ad Club’s Women’s Leadership Forum.

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