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 OSBA Black Caucus Dinner and Conference Luncheon with Sam Glenn.

First General Session, Nov. 12, 4 p.m. – Chuck Underwood

Chuck Underwood is an author, speaker and expert on generational dynamics, which examines how “differences in generations’ perspectives, preferences and expectations impact how individuals interact,” according to the National Institutes of Health. Underwood is a sought-after speaker and consultant, having worked with Fortune 500 companies, national trade associations and government agencies. His engaging and informative presentations provide practical insights and solutions to the challenges of generational differences.

Underwood has authored several books, including “The Generational Imperative: Understanding Generational Differences in the Workplace, Marketplace, and Living Room,” which is considered a definitive guide to generational dynamics. He also is the host of the PBS television series “America’s Generations with Chuck Underwood.”

The First General Session will be held in the Union Station Ballroom.

Sponsored by Sedgwick Managed Care Ohio & Western Governors University.

Second General Session, Nov. 14, 12:30 p.m. – Mary Steenburgen

Photo credit: Victoria Stevens

Mary Steenburgen is an Academy Award and Golden Globe winning actress best known for her work in the films “Melvin and Howard,” “Parenthood,” “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” “Philadelphia,” “Stepbrothers” and “Book Club;” and television shows “Justified,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “The Last Man on Earth.” Most recently, Steenburgen starred for two seasons as Maggie Clarke in NBC’s musical television sensation “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”.

Steenburgen stars in Focus Features “Book Club: The Next Chapter” opposite Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda and Candice Bergen, which was released in theaters by Focus Features in May 2023. In addition to starring in the film, Steenburgen, along with Troy Verges and Caitlyn Smith wrote “Anywhere With You” for the end credits of the film, and she and her three costars recorded the vocals.

Steenburgen is a songwriter for Universal Music Publishing Group. Along with co-writers Verges and Smith, she wrote the acclaimed song “This Is Christmas” for HBO’s “Holiday Harmony” and “Northstar” for Roku’s original film “Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas.” Steenburgen was shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Glasgow (No Place Like Home),” featured in the film Wild Rose. “Glasgow” received the Critics’ Choice Award and the Hollywood Critics Association Award for Best Original Song.

Arrangements for the appearance of Mary Steenburgen made through Gotham Artists, New York, NY.

The Second General Session will be held in the Union Station Ballroom.

Sponsored by DLR Group, Ohio School Plan and Scott Scriven LLP.

OSBA Black Caucus Dinner, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. – “The Future of Education, A Story in Their Words”

School districts are developing the next generation of schools, curriculum and student experiences to prepare their students for life and careers after high school. What do our students need? What do they want? What needs to change? This panel discussion features the perspectives of diverse students answering these and other questions on the current and future state of public education.

The OSBA Black Caucus Dinner is open to all attendees and provides a platform for networking, discussions and recognition of the achievements of African American and ethnically and culturally diverse students and board members.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. The dinner will be held in the Kojo Kamau Ballroom on Level 4 of the Hilton Columbus Downtown Expansion.

Sponsored by Bricker Graydon LLP, Pepple & Waggoner Ltd. and Roetzel & Andress LLP.

Monday Conference Luncheon, Nov. 13, 12:15 p.m. – Sam Glenn

Sam Glenn’s humorous and engaging presentations stimulate and motivate audiences. He weaves his uniquely uplifting story into his topics, which revolve around attitude, empowerment, leadership, peak performance, employee engagement, transformation, customer service and teamwork.

Glenn is considered one of the leading experts and authorities on “attitude,” having written more than 30 books related to the topic. His presentation, “Attitude Changes Everything,” offers an enlightening, entertaining and educational exploration into how our attitude works, what creates it, what feeds it, how to keep it healthy and, finally, ways to use your attitude to author positive experiences. He assures attendees he will “recharge your attitude like jumper cables to a car battery.”

Doors open at noon. Registration is required. The luncheon will be held in the Short North Ballroom.

Sponsored by Grady Benefits, Ohio School Plan, Pepple & Waggoner Ltd., Peters Kalial & Markakis Co. LPA, Roetzel & Andress LLP and Weston Hurd LLP.

Thank you to our General Session sponsors


Thank you to our Caucus Dinner sponsors


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