Keyholder brings together women, men, and people of all ages and backgrounds. It’s a night to celebrate our shared efforts to create gender equity. And, it’s a night to commit to tackling challenges that still lie ahead, together. We fill the Ohio Theatre with 2,500 of us ready to learn more, connect more, and do more.

You hold the key.

Our lived experiences give us the power to influence change right where we are. Each of us has the ability to help transform the lives of women and girls. At this year’s Keyholder, we will connect our experiences to our purpose and understand how to start—in our own way—creating social change.

Start where you are.

Join us on May 22 to hear moving stories of those who have found their place and are using their voices and experiences to make an impact. Aly Raisman, Brittany Packnett, and Piper Perabo will take the Keyholder stage to share where they started. They’ll inspire us to unlock our own place in the movement and to move boldly with our power for the sake of women and girls.

Where will you start?

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Brittany Packnett is an award-winning national leader in social justice. Cited by President Barack Obama as a leader who’s “voice is going to be making a difference for years to come,” Brittany is an unapologetic educator, organizer, writer, and speaker. Named one of TIME Magazine’s 12 New Faces of Black Leadership, she is a former teacher, policy expert, and non-profit executive director, who has committed her life and career to justice. Brittany is the Co-Founder of Campaign Zero, a video columnist for Mic News, frequent writer for major publications, and founder of Love + Power. Follow Brittany @MissPackyetti. 

Aly Raisman is the second most decorated American gymnast of all-time with six total Olympic medals and the most decorated U.S. gymnast at the 2012 Games. As captain of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Gymnastics 2012 and 2016 teams, she helped guide the team to gold and silver medals in the 2016 Games. An athlete, survivor, and activist, Aly is a leader on and off the floor, using her platform to promote positive body image and advocate for systematic changes within the sport of gymnastics and efforts to help to eradicate sexual abuse in youth sports. In her New York Times best-selling memoir, – Fierce – she shares the highs and lows of her journey, including her survival of sexual abuse. Follow Aly @AlyRaisman. 


Piper Perabo, a Golden Globe nominee, is one of the most talented and versatile actresses working today. With notable roles, including Coyote Ugly, Covert Affairs, Notorious, Reasons to be Pretty, and Lost Girls among many others, Piper has acting credits spanning two decades in film, television, and stage. Outside of her work on screen and stage, Piper is an activist, advocating for and uplifting the stories of refugees, political oppression around the globe, LGBT rights, and women’s political leadership. She serves an IRC Voice for the International Rescue Committee and on the Advisory Board of VoteRunLead. Follow Piper @PiperPerabo 



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In 2018, two powerful storytellers came to the Keyholder stage. Geena Davis and Roxane Gay shared an open and authentic conversation about their own experiences, feminism, the portrayal of women in media and culture, how women can use their voices, and why it matters that they do.

“When you can’t find someone to follow, you have to find a way to lead by example.”

-Roxane Gay


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