Keynote Presenters

Velma Knowles and Robert C. Osborne, Jr.

Velma Knowles
Author, Speaker, Trainer, Coach

Velma Knowles, MBA is a Bahamian-American Author, Speaker and Trainer. Born and raised in the city of Nassau, Bahamas, she came to the United States after launching a successful $100,000 personal college fundraising campaign. She is a former membership and marketing association executive with over two decades of national and international experience, including Vice President of Member Experience with the American Automobile Association (AAA). As an international keynote speaker, Velma has presented in Australia, Canada, the Bahamas, and across the United States to a wide variety of audiences. Her expertise includes communication, leadership, team performance, marketing, and membership growth.

Presenting Wednesday, September 25

Robert C. Osborne, Jr.
The Osborne Group, Inc.
Robert was taught the power of philanthropy from an early age from both of his parents. With almost 25 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, he believes that civil society has a critical role to play in making the world a better place.

Robert serves on the Advisory Board of the Czech Fundraising Center in Prague, Czech Republic and he currently serves a mentor to numerous social impact start-up organizations in Serbia and the US as well as an International Ambassador to the accelerator and incubator Impact HUB Belgrade.

Presenting Friday, September 27