Keyholder is the biggest night of the year. It’s where we come together as storytellers. Where stories of the change-makers, the disrupters, and the influencers are told. We fill the Ohio Theatre with 2,500 of us connected, ignited and fiercely committed to gender equality.

This year two powerful storytellers took the Keyholder stage.

GEENA DAVIS and ROXANE GAY shared an open and authentic dialogue about feminism, the representation of women in media and culture, and how women can use their voices, and why it matters that they do.

Stay tuned for future events like Keyholder and more.

Keyholder 2018 would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors

Corporate support allows all event costs to be underwritten, making every ticket purchased a tax-deductible donation to The Women’s Fund.

Lead Sponsor

Private After Party Sponsor

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Media Partners

Production Sponsor

Creative Partner

Special Thanks

  • Taylor Richer, ASL Interpretation Services
  • Sara Pressler Yurkovic, ASL Interpretation Services
  • Rose Bredl


  • Accel Inc.
  • Articulation
  • Columbus School for Girls
  • Columbus State Community College
  • Continental Office Environments
  • Compton Construction
  • Deloitte
  • Downtown Dermatology LLC
  • DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse (Shoe Lovers Care)
  • Edgework Creative
  • Elford Realty
  • Executive Elements
  • Grange Insurance
  • Greif
  • Highlights for Children
  • James Investment Research
  • Navigator Management Partners LLC
  • OhioHealth
  • Ohio Nurses Association
  • Schneider Downs & Co., Inc.
  • State Auto Insurance Companies
  • T. Marzetti Company
  • The Champion Companies
  • Unifying Solutions
  • Upsourced Accounting
  • UPS
  • Versa

Partnership 4 Women

  • Alliance Data
  • Bailey Cavalieri LLC*
  • BakerHostetler
  • Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP
  • Bricker & Eckler LLP*
  • Ernst & Young LLP*
  • Friedman & Mirman Co., LPA
  • Frost Brown Todd
  • GBQ Partners, LLC
  • Kaiser Consulting*
  • Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter Co., LPA*
  • Kooperman Mentel Ferguson Yaross*
  • Mac Murray & Shuster LLP
  • Organ Cole LLP*
  • Plante & Moran PLLC
  • Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
  • Roetzel & Andress LPA
  • Summit Financial Strategies, Inc.
  • Taft Stettinius & Hollister
  • Ulmer & Berne LLP*

*indicates also a Partner

In Kind Support

  • Al’s Delicious Popcorn
  • ARC Artistry
  • Aunt Flow
  • Bleu & Fig
  • Brezel
  • Cherbourg Bakery
  • Darista Dips
  • Dos Hermanos
  • Event Source
  • Full Face Artistry
  • Key Companies
  • Lucy Wolfe
  • Rose Bredl
  • The Seasoned Farmhouse



Billie Jean King is the epitome of a game-changer, breaking down barriers as a pioneer for gender equality. From her history-making Battle of the Sexes match and her fight for Title IX, to founding the Women’s Sports Foundation and commitment to equal pay for equal work, she is a tenacious leader for positive social change.

“You can only shape the future if you understand the past.”

-Billie Jean King


Vanessa Williams’ integrity, resiliency, and grace make her an authentic voice as she lives her life with dignity and professionally defines her own path to success. Vanessa’s strength and endurance over the years to become a multi-faceted performer and actress resonated with many, while encouraging us to script our own lives.

“I believe that the older you get, the more fearless you become.”

-Vanessa Williams


A two-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Melissa Etheridge’s voice is unforgettably authentic. Her spirit and confidence radiate beyond her music when she advocates for gender equality and as she raises awareness to create a stronger community for all. Melissa amplifies and embodies the power of ME.

“All men, and women, and everything in between are created equal.”

-Melissa Etheridge


Author, humanitarian, activist, and actress Ashley Judd uses her voice as an advocate for equality, encouraging women by sharing her own story. Her words focused on the strength she gained from her travels and understanding she has gained by giving back and helping others find their voices.

“You have so much power to bring awareness, prevention and change.”

-Ashley Judd