This year, on Thursday, May 4 we welcomed Billie Jean King to the Keyholder stage where she was interviewed by Lisa Ling at the Ohio Theatre.

Billie Jean King is the epitome of a game changer, breaking down barriers on and off the court for women and girls as a pioneer for gender equality. From her history making Battle of the Sexes match against Bobby Riggs and 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.

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.

Because of this, this year we raised:


For a net income of


That's at 66% return on your investment!


We want to especially thank American Electric Power for its lead sponsorship of Keyholder 2017!

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And our Private After Party Sponsor, Big Lots Foundation


Thanks to all our 2017 Keyholder Sponsors:

Production Sponsor

Hospitality Sponsor

Match Sponsors

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Michelle Galligan & 

Heather Whaling

Creative Partner

Video Production



Mark & Lindsay Love

Promotional Partners


Media Partners

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614 Now logo


Crane Group logo
LBrands Foundation logo


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Executive Elements Logo
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grange Insurance
Huntington Bank logo

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Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education

Columbus School for Girls


Downtown Dermatology LLC

James Investment Research

La Jeune Mariee Bridal Collection

Midwest Breast and Aesthetic Surgery

Navigator Management Partners LLC



The Ohio Federation of Teachers

Ohio Nurses Association

The Ohio State University

Olympic Indoor Tennis Club


T.Marzetti Company

Turner Construction Company

Wardrobe Therapy

Partnership for Women

Alliance Data

Bailey Cavalieri LLC


Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Bricker & Eckler LLP

Ernst & Young LLP

Friedman & Mirman Co., LPA

Frost Brown Todd

GBQ Partners, LLC

Ice Miller LLP

Jones Day

Kaiser Consulting

Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter Co., LPA


Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Mac Murray Petersen & Shuster LLP

Organ Cole LLP

Plante & Moran PLLC

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP


Roetzel & Andress LPA

Schneider Downs & Co., Inc.

Summit Financial Strategies, Inc.

Taft Stettinius & Hollister

Thompson Hine, LLP

Ulmer & Berne LLP

Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease

In Kind

ARC Artistry


Cherbourg Bakery

Full Face Artistry

Key Companies

Nay's Creative Ways: Pretzels with a Twist

Orange Barrel

Rose Bredl

Sadie Baby Sweets



Special Thanks

Cristo Rey Columbus High School

Home Prep


Pat Wynn Brown & Steve Brown


Suzanne Roberts

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Past Keyholders

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Vanessa Williams

"I believe that the older you get, the more fearless you become.” -- Vanessa Williams 

On Tuesday, May 10th 2016 we welcomed actress, author, producer, trailblazer, and humanitarian Vanessa Williams to the Ohio Theatre.

Vanessa is an actor, author, trailblazer and humanitarian. Her 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 will resonate with many, while encouraging us to script our own lives.    


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Melissa Etheridge

"All men, and women, and everything in between are created equal." – Melissa Etheridge

On May 6, 2015, we were joined by the singer, songwriter, humanitarian, advocate, and activist Melissa Etheridge 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.

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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.