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

–Melissa Etheridge

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Each year, Keyholder draws together a diverse audience to celebrate the women and girls who have made a difference in our lives. It’s a night to be inspired by all the potential of women and girls in our lives, share the stories of our grant partners, and come together as a community to create social change.

This year, we were joined by the singer, songwriter, humanitarian, advocate, and activist Melissa Etheridge on Wednesday May 6th, 2015 at the Ohio Theatre. As a musician Melissa Etheridge writes songs focused on strength, resiliency, romance, and inspiration that have resonated with audiences for decades. Two time Grammy and Academy Award winner, her 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.

Keyholder is successful thanks to 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. Our goal is to empower every woman to be a philanthropist and corporate support gets us closer to achieving this. We want to especially thank American Electric Power for its lead sponsorship of Keyholder 2015.

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Special thanks to our sponsors:

After Party Sponsor

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Match Sponsor


Veda Nami

Production Sponsor


Hospitality Sponsor


Video Production


Mark & Lindsay Love

CD Sponsor


Jill Kingsley

Creative Sponsors


Media Partners

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Bob Evans logo
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Kirwan Institute logo
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Wardrobe Therapy


Bailey Cavalieri LLC*

Barnes & Thornburg, LLP*

Belle Harbour Management of Ohio

Bricker & Eckler LLP*

Charlotte Van Steyn

Columbus Academy

Columbia Gas

Compton Construction


Downtown Dermatology

DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse (Shoe Lovers Care)

Ernst & Young LLP*




Friedman & Mirman Co., LPA*

Gateway Film Center

IGS Energy

Integrity Sustainable Planning and Design

James Investment Research

Jones Day*

Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter Co., LPA*



Merrill Lynch

Mindset Digital

Molina Healthcare of Ohio

Morgan Stanley

Norman, Jones, Enlow & Co.*





Organ Cole LLP*

Premier Allergy

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP*

Pure Barre

Quantum Health

Summit Financial Strategies, Inc.*

The Arlington Bank

Turner Construction Company

Ulmer & Berne*


Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP*

W.W. Williams


*Denotes Partners who are also part of our Partnership for Women

Partnership for Women

BakerHostetler LLP

Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Carpenter Lipps & Leland LLP


Frost Brown Todd LLC

Ice Miller LLP

Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Lonn Law Offices

Mac Murray, Petersen & Shuster

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

Roetzel & Andress LPA

Schneider Downs & Co, Inc

Taft Stettinius & Hollister

In Kind


Al's Delicious Popcorn


Bake Me Happy

Beautimarked by Kelli

Clear Channel Outdoor

CNS printing

The Columbus Photo Booth Company

 Edible Columbus & The Seasoned Farmhouse

Eight Cakes a Week

Full Face Artistry


Key Print

Kittie's Cakes

Lucy Wolfe

Michelle Buzaki

Native Cold Pressed


Orange Barrel

Pistacia Vera

Renaissance Hotels

Rich Images Photography

Rose Bredl

State of Face Makeup Artistry

Sterling Delivery



Special Thanks

Capital Crossroads 


Past Keyholders

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Ashley Judd

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

On May 1, 2014 we were joined by the author, humanitarian, activist, and actress Ashley Judd at the Ohio Theatre. As an actress Ashley has played many strong and passionate female characters throughout her career, connecting with and empowering audiences everywhere. Beyond the screen she uses her confident, influential voice as an advocate for equality, encouraging women by sharing her own story. Her authenticity is undeniable; she is an incredible inspiration and a change-agent for women and girls alike. 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.

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America Ferrera & Sheryl WuDunn 

“Sometimes the problem feels so big, changing one life doesn’t feel like enough, but it is.” – America Ferrera.

On May 9, 2013 we were joined by a courageous duo that inspired us with stories of strength from around the world. From their work together on the documentary, Half the Sky, America Ferrera and Sheryl WuDunn had a powerful message to share; one that illustrated the incredible potential of women and girls around the world. A message that educated and empowered all who heard it. They left us with a message about hope- a reminder that one life, one voice, one story, one step can make all the difference.

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Whoopi Goldberg

“We are dealing with old issues that aren’t ours. We carry them and we pass them on to those who come after us. I am hoping to crack some of those.” -- Whoopi Goldberg

On June 29, 2012 we were joined by Whoopi Goldberg at Nationwide Arena. She’s outspoken, genuine, and informed, which makes her a great addition to the popular talk show The View. There and elsewhere, she makes us listen. She gets us to pay attention, even when we might disagree. She can be a little unpredictable, but she keeps us curious. She’s also a member of an elite group of artists who have won a Grammy, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and Emmy, and a Tony. In 2012 she shared her conviction and passion to empower all girls, and inspired our audience to keep raising awareness and creating change.

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Goldie Hawn 

"Mindfulness gives kids a tool for understanding how their brain works, for having more self-control." -- Goldie Hawn

Intentional Happiness. That was her message. A pretty simple message from Goldie it comes with a powerful impact. In May 0f 2011 she joined us at the Ohio Theatre with passion and a mission is to change the world “one mind at a time.”

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Diane Keaton 

“Motherhood has completely changed me. It's just about like the most completely humbling experience that I've ever had. I think that it puts you in your place because it really forces you to address the issues that you claim to believe in and if you can't stand up to those principles when you're raising a child, forget it.” – Diane Keaton

In May of 2010 we had our first Keyholder event at the Ohio Theatre with guest Diane Keaton. She brought 2,500 people from the community together and united an audience with her stories and experiences as a woman. Diane was authentic, spirited, and invested in raising every voice, even singing a bit herself.