What Does It Take for a Woman to Become CEO

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 ofDiversityInc’s 25 Noteworthy Companiesand is No. 4 inThe 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, readSuccessful Career Paths for Women in Corporate Sales.

Latest News

5 Biggest News Stories of the Week: May 12

As the saying goes, the news never stops — but there’s a lot of it out there, and all of it doesn’t always pertain to our readers. In this weekly news roundup, we’ll cover the top news stories that matter most to our diversity focused audience. 1. Coverage From DiversityInc’s…

Questlove plays a DJ set at DiversityInc's 2022 Top 50 event.

Photo Gallery: 2022 Top 50 Event

Accenture earns No. 1 spot on the Top 50 List, Hilton joins Hall of Fame. Expert panels and presentations cover the event’s theme of “ESG: Climate and Culture at Risk”. State Street execs share how they ranked for the first time. Cutting edge research from the Wharton School is presented…

Dr. Sally Saba

DiversityInc 2022 Top 50 Event: A New Landscape = New Opportunity: Shaping Corporate Standards of Excellence for ID&E Management

The role of an inclusion, diversity and equity practitioner has completely evolved, and all eyes are on the corporate community as it navigates its approach. Dr. Sally Saba, Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer at Medtronic, spoke about working together to shape the next generation’s standards during her Top50Talk “A New…

5 Biggest News Stories of the Week: May 5

As the saying goes, the news never stops — but there’s a lot of it out there, and all of it doesn’t always pertain to our readers. In this weekly news roundup, we’ll cover the top news stories that matter most to our diversity focused audience. 1. The Impact Overturning…