2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Exposure to so many different industries/service lines.”
“The culture and the people who embody that culture.”
“Integrity and transparency.”
“Lack of formal training programs.”
“Being split across many clients at once.”
“Limited clarity on career progression…”
About Kenway Consulting
Kenway’s number one priority during the COVID-19 pandemic is to ensure the health of its employees and clients. Although all employees are working remotely, they continue to operate by the company’s set of Guiding Principles, always acting with integrity and communicating effectively to provide clients with the highest quality of consulting services. They also continue to innovate, and have created new services to help clients deal with the new business problems that have arisen as a result of the pandemic.
Kenway Consulting is a Chicago-based management and technology consultancy founded in 2004. It has been named a “best place to work” multiple times by publications like Crain’s Chicago Business and Consulting Magazine, as well as by the National Association for Business Resources. Through deep industry and technology expertise, Kenway Consulting helps clients meet their needs for strengthened leadership and execution in project settings.
Kenway exists to help companies that need help. More importantly, Kenway wants to provide help to people at those companies who want it. The firm operates in the nexus between clients’ technology and business organizations—bringing together diverse teams that can remain agile and adaptable as a project evolves. Kenway’s stated goal is to provide “the highest possible quality for the lowest possible cost” by bringing “big consulting acumen” to the table without “big consulting rates.”
Kenway Consulting strives to bring value to clients through three core capabilities that encompass a range of services. The firm’s Technology Solution Delivery capability is how Kenway enables people and processes through technology. This begins with establishing and aligning IT Strategy with the business strategy, and dives into forming the solution architecture, design and development for custom built or enterprise package solutions. This is how Kenway helps clients to run their business better.
Kenway’s Information Insight capability covers “all things data,” ranging from partnering with leadership to define data governance frameworks, to designing and managing the flow of data, to building business intelligence and advanced analytics applications. This is how Kenway helps clients to understand their business better.
The firm’s Enterprise Program Leadership capability is how Kenway helps organizations deliver strategic and transformational initiatives, and realize the return on these substantial investments. Kenway does this through effective skills, processes and governance, from planning, into execution, and through deployment. This is the glue to ensure people, process and technology are aligned for successful execution.
Being Good and Truthful
Kenway Consulting was established on the foundational principles of “being good and being truthful.” Enshrined in the firm’s core values are a set of Guiding Principles that steer every action for each employee—from leadership down. Kenway employees approach every decision ethically, with a focus on means instead of outcomes as a measurement of success.
Kenway’s Guiding Principles include integrity, communication, the unique treatment of each individual, entrepreneurial spirit & tenacity, value and integrity, and means over outcomes. Together, these Principles set forth a path for Kenway consultants to follow in every client engagement.
In the News
Inc. magazine named Kenway Consulting No. 4495 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, and No. 20 in IT Services. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment — its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.
Kenway Consulting participated in the 2019 MDM & Data Governance Chicago Summit, presented by Information Management. The three-day conference is the data industry's leading event and provides an opportunity for the data management community to engage with like-minded peers and learn from experts at the forefront of the industry. Kenway’s Jeanne-Marie Daly co-presented “Challenges Overcome & Lessons Learned from an Eight-Year Master Data Journey” with Northern Trust Senior Vice President and Head of Master Data Management George Skordilis. The 45-minute session looked back on their shared eight-year MDM adventure and discussed common pitfalls to avoid when embarking on an MDM journey, people and process considerations, and ideas for collaborating with Data Governance.
For the third consecutive year, the National Association for Business Resources named Kenway Consulting one of “Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®.” This prestigious annual award honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in employee enrichment and HR practices, and are dedicated to an innovative and thoughtful approach to human resources.
As a result of fundraising efforts conducted during Kenway Consulting’s 9th Annual Charity Golf Outing, the firm raised $36,000 for ALIVE Rescue, an animal rescue that saves, rehabilitates and places abandoned, abused and stray animals. ALIVE Rescue has been the beneficiary of Kenway’s annual fundraising event for the past three years, during which time the company has raised more than $100,000 for the Chicago-based non-profit. The 2018 Golf Outing was held at Naperville, Illinois’ Tamarack Golf Club. In addition to the day’s signature scramble, festivities included breakfast; lunch; a live raffle with $12,500 in cash prizes and merchandise ranging from hotel stays and sporting event tickets, to restaurant and spa gift certificates; and a back-by-popular-demand Puppy Kissing Booth, featuring some of ALIVE Rescue’s adoptable pups.
For the second year in a row, the National Association for Business Resources named Kenway Consulting to its list of “Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the Nation®.” The prestigious award honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment. More than 2,400 companies were nominated with only 512 making the list.
Crain’s Chicago Business named Kenway Consulting #28 out of 100 on its list of “2018 Best Places to Work in Chicago.” The annual award honors local companies that excel in creating quality workplaces for their employees with outstanding benefits and culture. The two-step research process reviewed survey results from 8,800 employees at Chicago-based companies.
20 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 1-888-9-KENWAY (1-888-953-6929)
Employer Type: Private
President & CEO: Brian King
2019 Employees (All Locations): 51