Gloria Ware Director, KeyBank Center for Technology, Innovation and Inclusive Growth

Gloria Ware

Director, KeyBank Center for Technology, Innovation and Inclusive Growth

Gloria leads the KeyBank Center for Technology, Innovation and Inclusive Growth, a component of the KeyBank Boost & Build Program, designed specifically to accelerate the success of women and minorities as entrepreneurs of high growth firms, while connecting women, minorities and those in rural communities across Ohio to career opportunities in growing, globally competitive small businesses.

Gloria has a 25-year track record of success in the finance industry, providing capital, business development and strategic management advice and solutions to a diverse portfolio of startups, small businesses, nonprofits, public sector, private schools and universities. Prior to joining JumpStart, Gloria served in a number of progressive banking positions, last serving as Vice President of Public Funds for Fifth Third Bank.

Throughout her career, she has been a featured speaker or participant at several national conferences, including, the White House Convening on Inclusive Entrepreneurship, SBA Virtual Conference, CEO for Cities, State Science and Technology Institute’s annual conference, Tech Inclusion and the HBCU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summit.

Gloria’s community awards and recognition include the City Year Idealism in Action Award, the S & A Consulting Relationship Builder Award, the National Technical Association Nsoroma Business Award and induction into the Kaleidoscope Magazine 40/40 Club. She has been profiled in numerous publications for her diversity and inclusion work and small business advocacy, and currently writes a column in Smart Business Magazine on diversity and innovation.

Gloria is a graduate of the Venture Capital Institute, LEAD Diversity and holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration from The Ohio State University.