Monday, February 22, 2016

Business women throughout Utah County have a lot in common. They are mothers, daughters, neighbors, friends, community activists, active in their faiths, sports enthusiasts and enjoy a variety of hobbies. So it’s no surprise that when a group of them come together, amazing things happen. 
Key For Women’s three-pronged mission of Connection-Empowerment-Service helps women in business balance and strengthen the many facets of their life. 
Meeting together monthly, Key For Women members connect with women in a variety of industries to learn what products and services they can provide to support one another. 
“We never know who will be exactly the right person to help us when we have a need,” said Key Bank Branch Manager Dora Lopez at the group’s January meeting. “We have an amazing support team right here in this room, already standing by for when we need them.” 
Key For Women also focuses on how members can empower themselves and one another for success, helping ladies see how being a woman in business is an advantage rather than a hurdle. 
“Your thoughts and emotions drive your actions,” said Carolyn Lewis. “Our actions are what create our results. Recognizing that is the first step to creating new results in our lives.” 
Another focus of Key For Women is to bring members together in service for other organizations, showing them how serving their communities can be a huge benefit to their businesses and employees. 
“There are so many great opportunities for businesses to serve and have fun doing it,” said Kathy Anderson of Local Cheddar. “We love bringing great events like the Chalk Art Festival, Shop Local and the Veteran’s Car Show to our friends and neighbors.” 
Lorene Moore, Community of Caring director with Nebo Comfort Systems, accepted a Community Sponsorship Award for their work with the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life at the meeting. She spoke about the rewards their employees have personally seen because of their company’s service programs. 
“We formed our first team for the Relay For Life seven years ago when my father-in-law passed away. We started working with relay to serve others and fight against cancer. What we discovered was that with every year and every new team, we grew closer together as a business and a family,” Moore said. “From Relay For Life and the Central Utah Veteran’s Home to Books for Students and Shop with a Cop, each of the projects in our Community of Caring Program touches the hearts of our employees as well as our community.” 
Key For Women invites all women in Utah County who want to strengthen their power in the working community to join them at 9 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month for their Connect-Empower-Service breakfast at the Key Bank branch located at 1245 S. 800 East in Orem. 
“Together we can make Utah County the perfect environment for women to thrive and succeed in,” Moore said.

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