Key4Women Forum

Negotiation and Leadership for Women in Business and Life

The Key4Women® Forum is a series of events in communities across America designed to educate and empower women. For 2013, we are delighted to bring you Karen Hough, Founder & CEO of ImprovEdge, whose thought-provoking presentation about negotiation will leave you energized.

She’ll talk about how women approach negotiation situations and how we can leverage our strengths. You’ll also learn:

  • How to avoid the three most common negotiation pitfalls
  • New ways to leverage your collaborative nature
  • Tips to do your best negotiating, whether for a one million dollar contract or bedtime for a 4-year-old

Participants in the Forum are women in business – owners, leaders, and professionals. If you want to be inspired and meet women who share your passion for business, the Key4Women Forum is for you. Plus, your Forum registration fee will benefit a local charity that supports women.

Negotiation and Leadership for Women in Business and Life

  • Did you know that women leave over $500,000 on the table over the course of their careers? This session will take a look at where women fall down as negotiators and what we can do to leverage our strengths.
  • Karen Hough, Founder and CEO of ImprovEdge and best-selling author, will reveal the four secrets of improvisation that can radically improve your success as a negotiator and leader.
  • You’ll also learn the three most common negotiation pitfalls and how to avoid them.
  • This year’s Key4Women Forum will leave you inspired and ready to do your best negotiating yet.

Karen Hough is the Founder & CEO of ImprovEdge

She is also the best-selling author of The Improvisation Edge: Secrets to Building Trust and Radical Collaboration at Work. She has been using improvisation as a business learning tool for over 12 years and is the recipient of the Athena Powerlink Award for outstanding woman-owned business. Ms. Hough speaks nationally on diversity, negotiation, leadership, sales, presentation and women’s issues

A graduate of Yale University and La Sorbonne, Paris IV, she also trained with Chicago’s Second City. Ms. Hough is on the advisory board of Key Bank’s Key4Women initiative and the board of WELD (Women for Economic Leadership and Development). She volunteers extensively with confidence-building workshops for children and a portion of ImprovEdge funds go every year to Computers for Youth, The Women’s Fund and Kiva.

Learn more about ImprovEdge at

Denver, CO
September 24
Registration fee: Free
Please bring a gently used business suit to be donated to the Center for Work Education and Employment
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Portland, OR
October 8
Registration Fee: $25
The fee benefits Court Appointed Special Advocates
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Anchorage, AK
October 10
Registration fee: Free
Please bring a new or gently used purse to be donated to YWCA AK.
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Tacoma, WA
October 15
Registration fee: $35
The fee benefits the Girl Scouts of Western Washington.
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Seattle, WA
October 16
Registration Fee: $0
Please bring a $25 gift card from a grocery or drug store to benefit Juiblee Women's Center
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Columbus, OH
October 24
Registration Fee: Free

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