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Business Speakers

Nancy Schuehler, Director of Fraud Strategy, Verizon

Nancy Schuehler is the Director of Fraud Strategy at Verizon and is responsible for the design, development, execution and measurement of risk prevention and detection strategies.  Prior to this role, Nancy held leadership positions at Verizon within Risk Management, Finance Operations, Planning & Analysis, Process Engineering and Project Management.  Nancy is an innovative leader who is passionate about inspiring teams to deliver effective controls while delivering operational efficiency and superior customer experience. 

In her session titled "Do You Speak Digital Finance?" learn how Verizon is building a foundation of digital skills and tools to accelerate its corporate finance capabilities. Nancy will share her personal career pathway in corporate finance that led to her current position, managing digital finance capabilities such as visualization, cognitive computing, robotic process automation, and blockchain, to boost and expand the concept of corporate finance within this major communications company. Nancy will have plenty of digital finance examples to share along with their impact at Verizon. We think this emerging digital finance pathway is one you’ll want to hear about!   


Kelly Capatosto, Author, Researcher, and Educator

Kelly Capatosto is an author, researcher, and educator based in Columbus, OH. She works to build more equitable social systems through policy, education, and addressing the impact of new technologies.

Most recently, Kelly served as the Senior Data Policy Specialist at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University. Here, she led the launch of Kirwan’s online Implicit Bias module series, which has reached over 75,000 participants Her work has also been featured in the Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, Slate, The New Republic, and the New York Times. Kelly is a three-time OSU graduate. She will also be entering Harvard Law School as a student in Fall 2021. 

In her session titled "Centering Equity in Education," Kelly will discuss the evolution of concepts of implicit bias, systemic inequity, and their significance to the field of education in this current moment. Participants will be provided with resources and prompts to encourage discussions around race, gender, and economic justice in educational settings and beyond. 



Ohio State Athletics Digital Media

We are excited to have members of the Ohio State Athletics Digital Media team join us as speakers for MBA Conclave 2021 this August. Pat Kindig, Associate Athletics Director for Digital Media, will be joined by Associate Director Monique Bowman and Assistant Director Carson Reider to discuss building and managing the Ohio State Buckeyes’ digital presence. Ohio State Athletics social media accounts comprise the largest following in collegiate athletics, so don’t miss out on tips that are sure to score you points in social media, event marketing, media partnerships, and more!

Michael Dominguez, President and CEO, Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)

Michael Dominguez serves as the President and CEO for Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). ALHI is a global sales organization with a team of nearly 80 professionals located among 26 offices across North America and Europe. ALHI serves a membership group of hotels that are independent hotels and independent brands that are an exclusive luxury collection. Prior to joining ALHI, Michael served in executive sales leadership roles with MGM Resorts, Loews Hotels, Hyatt Hotels, Starwood Hotels and many more.

Michael is actively involved in leadership roles in the meetings and events industry and currently serves on numerous industry leadership boards and is a past chairman of the International Board of Directors for MPI.

Michael speaks in the industry often on topics of disruption, the state of the industry, the economy, and behavioral lessons. Michael was recognized in M&C Magazine’s survey of top industry speakers and was an invited speaker at South by Southwest in 2018.

Michael’s other industry leadership involvement includes board positions with: 

  • US Travel Association (Executive Committee)
  • Meetings Mean Business Coalition (Executive Committee)
  • ASAE’s Board of Directors
  • FICP’s Influence Committee
  • APEX Standards Committee
  • GBTA Foundation Board
  • HSMAI Foundation Board
  • Co-Chair APEX Room Piracy Taskforce

Michael was recently recognized in the industry for numerous honors including:

  • Northstar Meetings Group’s “Top 25 Influencers of the Meetings Industry 2020”
  • Induction in the EIC’s Hall of Leaders in 2019
  • com’s “50 Most Influential Hispanics in the US”
  • Successful Meetings Top 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry 2013–2015
  • Smart Meetings 2015 Smartest Industry Leaders
  • HSMAI’s 2014 Top Minds in Sales and Marketing
  • Meetings Focus 2014 Trendsetter
  • MeetingsNet 2014 Change Makers 

Kyle Murphy, Vice President of People and Corporate Communications, Hudl

Kyle Murphy is the Vice President of People and Corporate Communications at Hudl, a leading performance analysis company revolutionizing the way coaches and athletes prepare for and stay ahead of the competition. Kyle is passionate about the user design aspect of entrepreneurship (UX). Up until recently, he led a team of 20 product and user interface designers who envision the future of Hudl’s tools for coaches, analysts, and athletes. Now, he works to recruit, develop, and retain top talent from around the world to innovate at Hudl.  




Joe Saculles, Senior VP of Operational Initiatives, U.S. Bank

Back by popular demand, Joe Saculles, senior vice president of operational initiatives at U.S. Bank, will be joining us again for MBA Conclave—this time, with a new topic. Mr. Saculles leads the project management team to drive key initiatives for consumer and business banking operations. He is known in his industry as an impactful leader and value creator in strategy, project management, digital sales and service, customer service, and more while getting results through people. 

We look forward to hearing what Saculles has to say about the future of banking. 




Gayle Saunders, APR, Founder and CEO, The Saunders PR Group

Gayle Saunders, APR, is founder and CEO of The Saunders PR Group, a full-service public relations agency in Columbus, Ohio, specializing in reputation management/crisis communications, diversity, equity and inclusion communications, media relations and training, community engagement, diverse stakeholder outreach and media buying.

Named 2021 YWCA Woman of Achievement, 2018 Public Relations Practitioner of the Year by the Central Ohio Public Relations Society of America, Saunders is the first person of color to earn this title in the history of the chapter. In 2019, she earned the prestigious Prism Award and a national Communicator’s Award for her company’s work with CelebrateOne. She is co-founder of the diversity and inclusion committee of the Central Ohio Public Relations Chapter of America and its inaugural chair.

Saunders was liaison to the White House and managed over 100 national media outlets during The Ohio State University’s Spring 2013 Commencement when former President Barack Obama gave the address. She has led public relations for Nationwide, Ameritech (AT&T), National City Bank (PNC), the Memorial Tournament, NASCAR, and held executive roles at National City Bank, The Ohio State University, the City of Columbus and Columbus City Schools. Clients include the Ohio Lottery, The Ohio State University, City of Columbus, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority, Columbus City Council, Franklin County Board of Commissioners, Smart Columbus, CelebrateOne, Columbus Public Health, Partners Achieving Community Transformation and Pickerington North High School Basketball.

Currently, she is a board member of the Central Ohio Public Relations Society of America and serves as Ethics Officer. She is a past president of the Child Development Council Head Start, Girl Scouts, YWCA, the Columbus Urban League and the King Arts Complex. She has earned awards for her work in public relations from the Central Ohio Public Relations Society of America, the National School Public Relations Association, the BlueChip Foundation and the Cleveland Press Club. She is also recognized as the first Black female news videographer at a TV network (WSYX-TV) in the City of Columbus and the first female Deputy Director of Public Safety for the City of Columbus.

Jeni Britton Bauer, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Jeni Britton Bauer is an American ice cream maker and entrepreneur. A pioneer of the artisan ice cream movement, she introduced a modern, ingredient-driven style of ice cream making that has been widely emulated across the world but never duplicated. 

Jeni opened her first ice cream shop, Scream, in 1996, then founded Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in 2002. 

Her first cookbook, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller and won a coveted James Beard Award in 2012. It quickly became the de facto bible for anybody making their own ice cream or thinking about opening a new-style ice cream shop. Her second cookbook, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts (2014), took ice cream to the next level with an array of incredible plated, layered, and piled-high ice cream-centric desserts. 

As Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Jeni remains the beating heart of the company and is in charge of all creative output—from the ice cream itself to the supporting details that enhance the experience of eating it. Jeni is a 2017 Henry Crown Fellow and has been recognized by Fast Company as one of the most creative people in business today.

Opening Keynote

Cameron Mitchell, founder and CEO, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants

Cameron Mitchell is a lifelong entrepreneur, accomplished businessman, culinary expert, and nationally recognized restaurateur. Cameron Mitchell Restaurants includes 39 restaurants and 18 different concepts with locations in 12 states. The “people first” culture and philosophy is the heart of his business and is deeply embedded into every level of every Cameron Mitchell Restaurant. Mr. Mitchell's story of entrepreneurial energy, vision, and passion will inspire and provide educators with concepts to take back to their classrooms.