Key Women’s Leadership Forums

Find and Align with Your Authentic Self

As a female leader, do you find yourself being pulled in multiple directions? Do tensions often arise between your career, family, health, charitable work, and personal interests? A supportive peer forum of other female executives can help keep you focused on your passions and purpose.

The Key Women’s Leadership ForumTM brings together women in leadership roles so that you can focus on your whole self: mind, career, body, and spirit. Our Forum brings executive women together to focus on pressing issues, leveraging your influence and aligning your career with what is purposeful for you. As a member, you also expand your circle of influence by forming strong connections with other highly accomplished women.

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The Forum can help you:

  • Be an authentic leader through awareness and discussion of challenges and opportunities
  • Celebrate your successes graciously and guilt-free in the company of other accomplished women
  • Create your own business culture as a woman-led team or organization
  • Achieve improved work-life balance
  • Harness your unique strengths as a female leader to propel your career and enhance your success

Key Women’s Leadership Forum Program includes:

  • Monthly, half-day meetings
  • Peer coaching in a small group of other female executives and entrepreneurs
  • Professional facilitation and support in a confidential setting
  • Tools and strategies for success and fulfillment
  • Occasional guest speakers on relevant topics (recent topics have included a financial workshop for women and a presentation on discrimination in the workplace)
  • Annual Key Women’s Leadership Forum Retreat – a weekend away to spend together, have workshops and build friendships with your core Forum group
  • Annual Key Women’s Leadership Forum Summit – a half-day of learning and growing for all Forum members and invited guests

The Program Benefits:

  • Grow in all aspects of your life and career
  • Get feedback on issues that are pressing to you
  • Take time to reflect on where you are and where you want to be
  • Broaden your perspective on what really matters to you
  • Build your network and connect with other local business leaders and resources
  • Be supported by professional coaches and facilitators
  • Develop a network of trusted advisors

Forum Issue Decision Guide:

Key Associates - Forum Issue Decision Guide

  • Issue or opportunity is outlined by the participant
    Participant takes 10 – 15 minutes to outline her situation using KA’s proprietary format.
  • Participants ask only questions to clarify their understanding
    The use of questions is Socratic in nature and the person bringing the issue learns what she knows and doesn’t know about her situation through this experience.
  • Each forum participant shares their observations, experience, and recommendations
    Feedback is given first without discussion so that the richness of the feedback from each diverse group member is heard.
  • Dialogue
    Participants discuss the options and take the issue further through dialogue.
  • Commitment to Next Steps
    The person bringing the issue is asked what her next steps will be and by when she will complete them; this serves as an accountability system for her.

We meet once a month from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., under the leadership of Dr. Mary Key and the Key Associates team. The group size is intentionally intimate (8-12 participants) and strategically matched for frequent and balanced focus on each woman.


Download the Key Women’s Leadership Forum brochure.

Tampa Bay Business Journal covers a recent Key Women’s survey geared towards women executives in Tampa Bay.

Watch to learn more about our Forum:

About the Key Women's Leadership Forum by Mary Key, Ph.D.

About the Forum – Mary Key, Ph.D.

I Value Confidentiality

Testimonial: I Value Confidentiality

Sheryl Hunter Testimonial

Testimonial: Sheryl Hunter, Hunter Business Law

Key Women's Leadership Forum - Katie Pemble Testimonial

Testimonial: Katie Pemble

Key Women's Leadership Forum - Annual Summit

Testimonial: Gwynn Davey, ServisFirst Bank

Key Women's Leadership Forum - Annual Summit

Key Women’s Leadership Forum – Annual Summit

Interview with Florida Funders about Key Women's Leadership Forum

Interview with Florida Funders

Case Study: Marketing Executive in the Entertainment Industry

Key Associates Case Study: Marketing Executive in the Entertainment Industry

When Amy, a female Sr. VP of Marketing, needed a plan to get through her company’s impending acquisition, she relied on the expertise and encouragement of the Key Women’s Leadership Forum. Changes in the leadership team, coupled with an overall revenue downturn, made for a difficult work environment.

The Key Women’s Leadership Forum helped Amy design a strategic approach to the unsettling situation. Using materials from Key Associates’ proven process, the group helped her to better define her priorities, and provided insightful advice on how to navigate the new political landscape at her company.

With the Forum as a sounding board for Amy’s professional frustration, she was able to get feedback from accomplished women from various backgrounds, and consider numerous options for a successful outcome. In the end, Amy weathered the storm at her organization, and was promoted to head a subsidiary for the company.

Read more – Case Study: Marketing Executive in the Entertainment Industry PDF, 530kb

Case Study: Busy Executive Finds Better Balance

Work/Life alignment

Between the responsibilities of her position as CFO at a major retailer and mother to two small children, Gina was feeling burnt out and exhausted. After a particularly demanding year in her numerous roles, she had lost focus on the work that she loved and the family that she valued so dearly.

Gina was looking for a way to replenish her energy and align her activities to what mattered most in her life. It was clear to her that she was going to need a strong support system and some helpful advice from other executive women to structure a solution to restore her happiness and focus.

Gina turned to her Key Women’s Leadership Forum for their guidance and suggestions on how to make specific changes that would help her address this stressful situation, based on their own experiences. She implemented several of the group’s suggestions to get back on track with renewed purpose and energy.

Read more – Case Study: Busy Executive Finds Better Balance PDF, 643kb

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Our Key Women’s Leadership Forum can be implemented internally for executive women within companies. See what Holly Grogan, Chief People Officer, at Tribridge has to say about our work together:


Holly Grogan“We engaged with Mary Key to develop and launch the Tribridge Women’s Leadership Forum. Mary led a group of our most senior women through sessions that were professionally and personally enriching. The program has proven to benefit each of us as women and had a great impact on the company by enhancing our leadership skills. We are excited to continue working with Mary and Key Associates as we roll this program out to the rest of the women at Tribridge.”

Holly Grogan, Chief People Officer, Tribridge


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Testimonials from Current Forum Members

Tina Dumar

“Having been in the forum for over three years, one of my biggest take-aways is how similar our stories and aspirations are. Although each one of us is unique and has a different story, the underlying message and life aspiration shared is very similar. It’s a wonderful experience being surrounded by so many successful women and to share this connection. We lift each other up and truly care about the well-being and success of each other. I have experienced positive growth through the support of this amazing group!”

Tina Dumar, CFO, PeerFit


Kathy Killingsworth

“As we evolve our careers and go through life, there are points of time when you need to reflect on where you currently are and whether or not you’re fulfilled. When I got involved with the Key Women’s Leadership Forum, I was at that point. Being a part of the Forum has been a great way to get to know other women in leadership and form close relationships fast. The facilitation, introduction of tools, real life discussions, and group problem solving are so helpful. Being able to candidly discuss and get feedback from other executive women in a confidential, secure environment is not easy to find.”

Kathy Killingsworth, VP, Concerto Governance, Compliance & Risk, Tribridge


Brooke Evans

“I’m excited about the Key Women’s Leadership Forum because it brings together like minded women in leadership roles to share challenges and explore new possibilities. Dr. Mary Key is a trusted advisor and a skilled facilitator. She is extremely thoughtful and can naturally bring issues to the forefront. Our coaching work together has helped me grow as a leader and develop meaningful plans. She holds me accountable for what I commit to and helps me stay on track.”

Brooke Evans, CEO, CFO Alliance, Inc.


Michelle Royale“Before working with Mary, my entrepreneurial drive was misdirected, focused on serving everyone but my own leadership needs. This made for a great work and family life with imbalanced leadership for myself. In the Key Women’s Leadership Forums, Mary holds the true key, a rare combination of gifts including intense focus, strong emotional support, and stable sound business guidance. She is a catalyst for transformative financial and personal growth.”

Michelle Royale, CEO, RIDG: Royal Innovation Design Group


Michelle Royale“The opportunity to feel gratified in this journey called life comes from one’s fulfillment both professionally and personally. Mary Key was instrumental in ensuring that I—both professionally and personally—avoided life’s all-to-easy, complacent path which would have kept me from reaching my true potential while realizing personal/professional balance, particularly in this multi-faceted business world. Although Mary’s message resonates with any gender within any business culture, she has a powerful understanding of the female influence that every businesswoman should hear.”

Nancy Rabenold, CEO, Xcira


Holly Grogan“We engaged with Mary Key to develop and launch the Tribridge Women’s Leadership Forum. Mary led a group of our most senior women through sessions that were professionally and personally enriching. The program has proven to benefit each of us as women and had a great impact on the company by enhancing our leadership skills. We are excited to continue working with Mary and Key Associates as we roll this program out to the rest of the women at Tribridge.”

Holly Grogan, Chief People Officer, Tribridge