On the Road with Key4Women

Debra Jasper
Debra Jasper // May 4, 2012

We’ve already met so many amazing women. There’s Jeannette Ladina, who runs her own hot rod supply company, Flaming River, in northern Ohio. And Tanya Bell, whose Circle City Classic in Indianapolis raises millions each year for student scholarships.

We’ve met women whose companies deliver everything from IT services to meals on wheels, women who manage athletic clubs, massive military contracts and even marinas.

And we haven’t even started yet.

Soon, Betsy and I pack our luggage and head out on what we suspect will be one of the biggest career adventures of our lifetimes.

We’re the new national keynote speakers for KeyBank’s Key4Women program – and over the next few months we’ll be talking social media with thousands of entrepreneurial women from Alaska to Florida.

Our first stop on the 17-city tour is Cleveland—where tomorrow morning at the Marriott East we’ll be giving a talk called the New Realities: The Three Shifts Today’s Business Leaders Can’t Afford to Ignore.

It’s all part of a very cool program at KeyBank—run by Maria Coyne, Aneta Kuzma and Melissa Smolko—designed to help women who lead businesses or nonprofits.

It’s an easy mission to get behind. Since 2005, KeyBank has lent more than $6 billion to women business owners across the country. That money that has helped women start and expand their own companies, hire employees and invest in their communities.

But it isn’t just about the money. The women in charge of Key4Women understand that leaders also need more opportunities to network, to mentor each other and learn about the latest trends and technologies.

We’ll be telling lots of stories about those amazing women we’ll be meeting at Key4Women forums across America.

So we hope you’ll join us for conversations – and perhaps even a few travel tips —   here on our blog as well as on Twitter, Facebook and in a Key4Women forum near you.