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 the Conference Luncheons and OSBA Black Caucus Dinner.

Opening General Session, Nov. 7, 4:30 p.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.

Baird Public Finance, Hilltop Securities, Ohio School Plan and Sedgwick Managed Care Ohio are sponsoring the First General Session.

Monday Conference Luncheon, Nov. 8, 12:15 p.m. – Brandon Miller

Pro soccer goalkeeper

As a professional soccer goalkeeper for the Charlotte Independence of the USL, Brandon Miller has won multiple awards and a championship at the professional level.

During his nine-year career, Miller also started several businesses, including a goalkeeper-specific soccer brand called Prime Focus Goalkeeping. This brand brings professional-quality goalkeeping products, apparel and goalkeeping content for goalkeepers of all ages.

On top of his athletic and entrepreneurial achievements, Miller also works with a number of nonprofit organizations and recently founded the Black Players Alliance of the USL. His main mission with all of his philanthropic work is to make an impact on underserved communities and empower those whose voices aren’t always heard.

Doors open at noon. Registration is $60; contact your treasurer to register or add on the event when completing the online conference registration. Please indicate any special accommodations needed.

Sponsored by GradyBenefits, Peters Kalail & Markakis Co. LPA, Sedgwick Managed Care Ohio and Walter Haverfield LLP.

Watch for announcements of the remaining keynote speakers!

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