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Afternoon Keynote

Oyauma Garrison serves as the President & Chief Executive Officer at Maryhaven, Inc, a nonprofit organization that helps individuals and families lead healthy lives free from addiction and mental health challenges by providing education, treatment, and support. Maryhaven has served over 300,000 since 1953. Under Oyauma’s leadership, the organization will engage in beating the stigmas associated with addiction and mental health, serve tens of thousands more, drive collaboration and execute a wrap-around strategy (including workforce development) to help break the relapse cycle.

Prior to Maryhaven, Oyauma served as the National President & CEO for A Kid Again, a nonprofit focused on providing Hope, Happiness and Healing for families raising children battling a life-threatening condition. He grew the organization from one state to all fifty (50) states plus D.C., in less than five (5) years. Oyauma is a former insurance company executive of over 20 years. He worked at State Farm, Nationwide, Allstate, and Jacobson.

Active in the community, Oyauma has received numerous awards for leadership and community service. He received an honorary doctorate degree from Franklin University in 2019. In 2021, Oyauma received the Denison University’s highest alumni honor, an Alumni Citation. Honors and recognition include, Top 50 Smart Business Leaders, CEO of the Year finalist (2020 & 2021) – Columbus CEO, a Columbus Business First Most Admired C-Suite leader (2019 & 2021) and NBMBAA Lifetime Achievement Award, and National MBA of Year. Oyauma has been featured in several publications and delivered his first TedTalk on Corporate Social Responsibility in 2016. He has been recognized with the United States of America Presidential 2014 Gold Standard Award for Service. Serves as an Executive In Residence at Franklin University and Denison University. Additionally, he has been recognized twice by the Oho General Assembly for his leadership and by Columbus City Council.

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