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KeyBank Announces 2011 14-City Key4Women Forum

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CLEVELAND, March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — KeyBank (NYSE: KEY), announced today its 2011 Key4Women Forum schedule featuring leadership and customer service expert and author Cindy Solomon, who returns to the Key4Women Forum for the second consecutive year.  The Forum is designed to educate and empower women in business – business owners, executive women, decision makers and non-profit directors – through the insight and advice of a dynamic national speaker.  Solomon will present “Creating a Culture of Courage: The New Leadership Challenge” at the Key4Women Forum in 14 cities from Maine to Alaska; the kickoff event will take place May 5th in Cleveland, Ohio.

Specific topics that Solomon will cover in the Key4Women Forum include:

  • Four types of courage and when and how to invoke each for success in business
  • Why finding the courage to move forward is the key to success in today’s new business economy
  • How to inspire courage, both personally and professionally

“Cindy understands that, in order for businesses to lead us out of the downturn, the business community needs to develop the courage to overcome the fear of risk and failure that the past few years have instilled. This courage will separate the businesses that survive from those that thrive,” said Maria Coyne, founder of Key4Women and head of Key’s Business Banking segment. “Cindy highlighted the principles of superior customer service so effectively in our 2010 Forum, and we’re looking forward to her enthusiasm and inspiration again this year,” Coyne added.

In addition to educating women in business, the distinctive Key4Women Forum raises thousands of dollars for local non-profit organizations each year, through the revenue generated by ticket sales.

KeyBank Announces 2011 Key4Women Forum in 14 Cities

City Date
Cleveland, OH May 5, 2011
Portland , OR May 12, 2011
South Bend, IN May 17, 2011
Toledo, OH May 18, 2011
Naples, FL May 20, 2011
Albany, NY June 3, 2011
Rochester, NY June 7, 2011
Seattle, WA September 15, 2011
Westchester, NY September 27, 2011
Anchorage, AK September 30, 2011
Columbus, OH October 11, 2011
South Puget Sound/Tacoma, WA October 18, 2011
Burlington, VT November 2, 2011
Portland, ME November 4, 2011

Details and registration information for the Forum, by city, can be found at

As one of the nation’s largest financial services companies and top small business lenders, Key provides financial services to thousands of women-owned businesses in 14 states. Founded in 2005, Key4Women helps women business owners achieve their goals by providing access to capital, customized service, networking events, and educational opportunities. Key4Women has lent $3 billion to qualified women business owners since 2005 and has committed to lending another $3 billion by 2012.

Cindy Solomon is president of Solomon & Associates Inc. and one of the most sought-after leadership and customer loyalty speakers in the country.  She has served as an advisor to General Motors, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Clairol, and AT&T. Solomon’s presentation at the Forum will draw from patterns identified in more than 5,000 interviews to help dissect the fears that often keep professional women from making bold decisions quickly and confidently.

About KeyCorp

Cleveland-based KeyCorp is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $92 billion. Key companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally. For more information, visit




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