Conference keynote speakers

The Capital Conference consistently features an outstanding lineup of keynote speakers that will inspire, inform and enlighten attendees. Keynote speakers are featured at both General Sessions during the conference as well as during the following ticketed events: the Monday Conference Luncheon and Tuesday Conference Luncheon.

First General Session, Nov. 11, 3:45 p.m. – Alex Banayan

millennial thought leader and venture capitalist

Instead of studying for his college finals, Alex Banayan went to audition for “The Price is Right.” It turned out to be the best decision he ever made.

The college freshman sold the sailboat he won on the show and invested in his real fascination — the key to success. He set out to uncover how the world’s most successful people launched their careers.

Banayan, one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 and Business Insider’s Most Powerful People Under 30, spent years nagging celebrities and business moguls for interviews. Ultimately, he sat down with Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Maya Angelou, Steven Spielberg, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett and many others.

Banayan’s book, “The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World’s Most Successful People Launched Their Careers,” chronicles his unbelievable journey tracking down the world’s most successful people and uncovering how their careers began.

Their secret? They all took the third door.

Sponsored by CompManagement Health Systems, Ennis Britton Co. LPA, Pepple & Waggoner Ltd., Ross Sinclaire & Associates LLC and Scott Scriven LLP.

Tuesday General Session, Nov. 13, 10:30 a.m. – Goldie Hawn


Academy Award-winning actress and child advocate

Academy Award-winning actress Goldie Hawn believes “children light the path to joy” and dedicates much of her life’s work to creating innovative solutions to help children thrive.

Alarmed by increases in school violence, youth depression and suicide, Hawn created The Hawn

Foundation in 2003. Its mission is to equip children with the social and emotional skills needed to lead smarter, healthier, happier and, ultimately, more productive lives.

Hawn’s foundation, which serves over 5 million children worldwide, worked with neuroscientists, educators, psychologists and researchers to develop MindUP. The evidence-based curriculum and teaching model for grades pre-K through eight helps children understand their own emotions, reduce stress and anxiety, increase empathy and improve academic performance.

Hawn got her break on the 1960s NBC variety show “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.” She went on to star in many films, including her Academy Award-winning performance in “Cactus Flower.” She later received an Oscar nomination for “Private Benjamin.”

Sponsored by Baird Public Finance, CompManagement, Ohio School Plan and Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP.

Monday Conference Luncheon, Nov. 12, 12:15 p.m. – Cedric Jennings

from inner city to Ivy League; District of Columbia Youth Advisory Council director

Cedric Jennings grew up in one of Washington, D.C.’s, most dangerous neighborhoods, where the dropout rate was well into double digits. However, he was an honor student at Frank W. Ballou Senior High School.

Jennings, who heads a social service agency in the nation’s capital, overcame the challenges of inner-city life and went on to earn several Ivy League degrees.

His personal story of struggle and triumph is recounted in Pulitzer-Prize winning author Ron Suskind’s best-selling book, “A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey From the Inner City to the Ivy League.” The book follows Jennings from high school, through his demanding first year at Brown University and to his ensuing success.

After completing his graduate studies at Harvard Graduate School of Education and the University of Michigan, Jennings returned to Washington, D.C., and dedicated his life to helping others. In January 2011, Mayor Vincent C. Gray appointed him to serve as director of the District of Columbia Youth Advisory Council.

Doors open at noon. Registration is $55; contact your treasurer to register. Please indicate any special accommodations needed. Sponsored by CompManagement and Ohio School Plan.

Tuesday Conference Luncheon, Nov. 13, 12:15 p.m. – Eddie George

NFL Rookie of the Year, Heisman Trophy winner, and Tennessee Titan and OSU football star

Ohio State University (OSU) and NFL star Eddie George ended a legendary football career with a Heisman Trophy, numerous NFL Rookie of the Year awards and many pro football records. He’s only the second NFL running back to rush for 10,000 yards while never missing a start, joining the Cleveland Browns’ Jim Brown.

But, George didn’t want his legacy to end there. After earning a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, he remains focused on businesses that help improve the quality of life for all Americans. His vision of “healthy people and healthy places” is brought to life through George Enterprises, whose companies include EGX Lifestyle and EDGE, a planning and design firm that helps create healthy communities.

George also has discovered another talent — acting. In 2016, he made his Broadway debut in “Chicago” as the charming lawyer Billy Flynn. He also has appeared in movies and TV shows, including CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles” and HBO’s “Ballers.”

Doors open at noon. Registration is $55; contact your treasurer to register. Please indicate any special accommodations needed. Sponsored by CompManagement Health Systems and GradyBenefits.

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