What Does It Take for a Woman to Become CEO?

Against the odds, Beth Mooney became the first female CEO of a top 20 U.S. bank and is carrying on the culture of inclusion at KeyCorp.

Getting women to the top of most organizations is a common issue, especially the CEO spot. Here's an interview with one woman who rose to the top in a male-dominated industry and became CEO and chairman of KeyCorp, a top 20 U.S. bank. How did Beth Mooney do it?


In this exclusive, 2,240-word Q&A with DiversityInc's Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Barbara Frankel, Beth Mooney shares insights about how her journey has involved overcoming naysayers, getting help from mentors and sponsors and, most importantly, her own perseverance, hard work and vision for herself.

In the interview, Mooney discusses:

  • The feminization of leadership and how women influence organizational culture from the top
  • How diversity can change personal career trajectory
  • Creating opportunities for future generations and the importance of coaching/mentoring
  • Why diversity is key to the success of community banking

KeyCorp is one of DiversityInc's 25 Noteworthy Companies and is No. 4 in The DiversityInc Top 10 Regional Companies. Mooney follows in the footsteps of retired Chairman and CEO Henry Meyer, who had been a strong diversity leader at KeyCorp.

Read Q&A With KeyCorp's CEO Beth Mooney at BestPractices.DiversityInc.com.

For more on women in leadership, read Successful Career Paths for Women in Corporate Sales.

70 Percent of Irish Women Voted to Legalize Abortion in Ireland Creating Landslide Victory

A most conservative country when it comes to abortion rights begins to wake up to the logical conclusion that if your gender can't bear children, you should probably stop mansplaining and man-deciding.

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UPDATE: May 26, 2018

Ireland has voted to repeal its abortion ban. The Irish Times exit poll suggested that women voted by 70 percent in favor of legalizing abortion.

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Ireland is one of Europe's most socially conservative countries, with one of the world's strictest bans on abortion. Residents went to the polls on Friday for a "once in a generation opportunity" to decide whether to liberalize or maintain the country's abortion laws.

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After the co-owner of Grandview Golf Club in York County, Pa., called the police on five Black women members for allegedly golfing too slow, the club's business vendors are beginning to bail and a state senator is calling for an investigation.

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The five women, one a local NAACP president, say it's a clear case of racial and gender discrimination.

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Five Black women, members of the Grandview Golf Club in Braddock, the oldest public golf course in York County, Pa., decided to meet on Saturday for a round of golf. The outing ended with the club co-owner, who is white, calling the police on the only Black, female players on the course because they allegedly played too slow and did not want to cancel their membership and leave.

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