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 OSBA Black Caucus DinnerMonday Conference Luncheon and Tuesday Conference Luncheon.

First General Session, Nov. 8, 3:45 p.m. – Kai Kight

innovative composer, violinist and inspiring keynote speaker

Kai Kight used to be the most traditional classical musician. But following his mother’s cancer diagnosis, he was inspired to start composing his own music.

Since then, Kight has been using his music as a metaphor to inspire individuals and organizations across the world while sharing stories from his own transformation as an artist. Kight translates these insights into takeaways that audiences can easily infuse into their own lives and work environments. As a musician, Kight has performed his original music for thousands in venues across the world, from the White House to the Great Wall of China.

A product of Stanford University’s design and engineering program, the d. School, Kight remains fascinated by the leaders, artists and companies who dare to be different. His violin performance beautifully becomes a sonic metaphor for the core of his message: to inspire people to compose unique ideas in a world that celebrates conformity.

Sponsored by Baird Public Finance, CompManagement Health Systems and Hilltop Securities.

Tuesday General Session, Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m. –  Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci

Legendary Olympic gymnasts

A photographer captured their first kiss for the world to see. Bart Conner, then 17 years old, kissed the cheek of Nadia Comaneci, a 14-year-old Romanian gymnast, after the two proudly held up their silver cups as champions of the 1976 America Cup at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

Three months later, Comaneci scored seven perfect 10s at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. The five-time gold medalist was the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect score. Conner went on to capture two gold medals at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Today the couple, who married in 1996, are involved in several international charities, including Special Olympics. They travel the world delivering inspirational speeches about their charities, gymnastics, and health and fitness.

Sponsored by Ohio School Plan.

OSBA Black Caucus Dinner, Nov. 8, 7 p.m.

The OSBA Black Caucus Dinner keynote speaker will be announced soon.

Monday Conference Luncheon, Nov. 9, 12:15 p.m. – Kate Fagan

New York Times bestselling author, writer, podcast host

Kate Fagan’s New York Times bestseller, “What Made Maddy Run,” is a heartbreaking story of a college athlete, Madison Holleran, whose life and death by suicide reveal the struggle of young people suffering from mental illness. The book spent a month as the No. 1 New York Times’ bestseller on the sports list. Her writing has won numerous awards, including being selected for The Best American Sports Writing.

Fagan spent seven years as a columnist and feature writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine and as on-air talent for ESPN. She hosted “Outside the Lines” and “E:60” and made 150 appearances on ESPN’s “Around the Horn,” serving as the show’s first female host in 2017. While at ESPN, Fagan was a founding member of the first all-female national sports radio show, “The Trifecta.”

She also is the author of the coming-of-age memoir, “The Reappearing Act,” about her experience coming out while playing basketball at the University of Colorado.

Doors open at noon. Registration is $60; contact your treasurer to register or indicate your request on the conference registration form. Please indicate any special accommodations needed. Sponsored by CompManagement Health Systems, GradyBenefits and Ohio School Plan.

Tuesday Conference Luncheon, Nov. 10, 12:15 p.m.

The Tuesday Conference Luncheon keynote speaker will be announced soon.

Doors open at noon. Registration is $60; contact your treasurer to register or indicate your request on the conference registration form. Please indicate any special accommodations needed. Sponsored by CompManagement and Peters Kalail & Markakis Co. LPA.

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