Michelle Keefe of MomUp: 5 Ways To Identify & Retain Fantastic Talent

Kage Spatz
Authority Magazine
Published in
11 min readNov 18, 2020

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Michelle Keefe

It can be hard to force yourself off the sideline. Life is more comfortable there.

As a part of my HR Strategy Series, I’m talking to top experts in the field to teach prospects what hiring managers are actually looking for, while also supporting business leaders in their hiring and retention strategies. Today I had the pleasure of talking with Michelle Keefe.

Michelle Keefe, the CEO of MomUp. Michelle leads MomUp on its quest to connect organizations with the amazing resource of mothers. Prior to MomUp, Michelle successfully ran and sold her first business, Misha K. She holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Harvard University. When she can, she tries to sneak in teaching a yoga class and she recently spent 6 weeks in New Zealand living in a camper van with her husband and 3 kids.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! First, please tell us what brought you to this specific career path?

Like many people, my career path was definitely not a linear one. I stepped in and out and then dipped my toes back in here and there as I started and sold a business in my twenties, and then chose to primarily stay home with my kids when they were small. After a few years at home with kids and assisting my husband with his startup, I was ready to go back to work full-time. And as part of that process, I had conversations with many inspiring women around me, all of them with intense levels of talent and skill who had opted out of the workforce for one reason or another. Most expressed a strong desire to get back to work, but for companies that truly understood high-level talent and a need for work/life balance.

With the experience that both my husband and I had in start-ups, we knew that finding superior talent was a challenge. We learned to think outside the box when growing outside the box fast and on a tight budget, and had developed the philosophy that an employee did not mean someone necessarily in the office 40 hours a week. In fact, advisors, contractors and part-time team members are valuable assets to any team.

It was with this theory that I started MomUp. I realized that companies could benefit from bringing in experts…

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Kage Spatz
Authority Magazine

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