PAST KEYHOLDERS

KEYHOLDER IS THE BIGGEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR.

A night where 2,500 of us come together to celebrate women and girls and influence progress. We hear the real stories of the change makers, disruptors, and influencers. We experience how they create real change by amplifying their voices for women and girls. Inspired by their stories, we unlock the power of our voices to advocate for women and girls, mobilize for action, and create lasting social change.Together, we are connected, ignited, and fiercely committed to gender equality.

2018 KEYHOLDER HIGHLIGHT:

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.

PAST KEYHOLDERS:

BILLIE JEAN KING

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

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

MELISSA ETHERIDGE

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

ASHLEY JUDD

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