College of Arts and Sciences

Whitney Keyes, BA

  • Whitney Keyes, BA
    BA, Communications
    Adjunct Instructor
    Fellow for Strategic Communication
    Phone: 206-220-8536
    Building/Room: Lynn 202A


    Over the past 20 years, Whitney Keyes has worked as a senior Microsoft manager, strategic adviser for American Express and a marketing consultant to thousands of individuals and organizations around the world.  

    She received three grants from the U.S. State Department to empower women leaders, social entrepreneurs, NGOs and youth in Malaysia and Africa (Kenya and Namibia). Her work was recently noted in a briefing to Secretary of State John Kerry.

    She is the winner of the Small Business Administration’s 2013 Women in Business Champion of the Year Award for Washington State and author of the book, Propel: Five Ways to Amp Up Your Marketing and Accelerate Business (Career Press), which features research from around the world and behind the scenes case studies from corporations including Starbucks and Alaska Airlines.

    Whitney serves as a professor and fellow for the Center for Strategic Communications at Seattle University and guest lectures for the University of Washington and other academic institutions. She teaches Global Reputation Management and related marketing and communication courses, manages a consulting practice, delivers keynotes and facilitates workshops for organizations including the Small Business Administration and Port of Seattle.

    While at Microsoft, Whitney managed global marketing campaigns, including the launch of Office 2000, an $8 billion business, and helped create the company’s first Corporate Social Responsibility report and primary philanthropy program, Unlimited Potential.

    Prior to that role, she worked for the City of Tacoma in the Economic Development Department, advocating for over 500 neighborhood small businesses. She began her career managing her family’s retail art store.

    Whitney writes for business publications and produces content for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s Biz Bite Blog. She also co-produced and hosted over 50 episodes of, a weekly, online WEB TV talk show for women.