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The Life and Times of Gene Keady and Purdue Basketball

Gene Keady- Purdue University’s Winningest Coach

Thursday, August 16th  |  12:00 p.m.

Gene Keady, Purdue University’s all-time winningest men’s basketball coach will be the luncheon speaker at the 2018 Indiana Water Environment Annual Conference. Keady is one of the most respected coaches in the history of college basketball, winning 550 NCAA Division 1 games at Purdue University and Western Kentucky. Keady came to Purdue as the school’s 17th head coach on April 11, 1980, after spending 2 successful years as head coach at Western Kentucky. He retired from Purdue in 2005 after leading Purdue to six Big Ten Championships and 18 NCAA Tournament appearances. During that time, Keady was awarded Big Ten Coach of the Year seven times, and National Coach of the Year in 1984, 1988, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 2000. In addition to his collegiate coaching duties, he also served as head coach for Pan American and World University Games teams, as well as an assistant coach for the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney.

Originally from Kansas, Keady was a four-sport athlete at Garden City Junior College, where he was an All-American Quarterback. He continued his higher education at Kansas State, lettering in baseball, football, and track. Keady graduated from KSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences and Physical Education.

In addition to his esteemed accomplishments courtside, he is also a former president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and a leading spokesman on issues surrounding college basketball. After retiring from coaching, Gene was hired as a basketball analyst and occasional commentator for the Big Ten Network. He remains a regular attendee at Purdue games.


Building a 21st Century Workforce

Blair Milo- Secretary of Career Connections and Talent at the State of Indiana

Wednesday, August 15th  |  8:00 a.m.

Blair Milo currently serves as the State of Indiana’s first Secretary for Career Connections and Talent.  Appointed by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb into the position created by Executive Order in August of 2017, Secretary Milo serves as the state’s Chief Talent Officer as Indiana works to fill an estimated one million job openings over the next ten years. She also serves on the recently created Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, a body dedicated to shaping education and workforce training for a 21st Century workforce.

Prior to her appointment to Governor Holcomb’s Cabinet, Secretary Milo served as Mayor of La Porte, Indiana after being first elected in 2011 and reelected in 2015.  During her time in office, Mayor Milo focused her administration on building the most conducive climate for economic development growth, providing for sustainable infrastructure needs and fostering a community dedication toward positive lifestyle choices.

During her time as Mayor, Secretary Milo was appointed by then Indiana Governor Mike Pence to the State Workforce Innovation Council where she chaired the Career Counseling Task Force.  In April 2017 she testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Republican Policy Committee on the challenges and opportunities before the American Worker.  She was a member of Governing Magazine’s 2017 Women in Government Leadership Series made up of 25 elected women from across the country.  Secretary Milo serves on the Indiana Advisory Alliance for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and the Board of Governors for the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series.

Prior to her roles in public service, Secretary Milo served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy.  She first served as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer then as Electrical Officer in USS Mason (DDG 87) from January 2005 until May 2007, completing two Persian Gulf deployments.  She then deployed to the Destroyer Squadron 50 staff based in Manama, Bahrain and served as the Assistant Operations Officer, daily scheduler for the Northern Arabian Gulf battle space, Public Affairs Officer and as Tactical Watch Officer for the Commander.  After serving in Bahrain and Iraq, Milo transferred to the Chief of Naval Operations staff at the Pentagon working for the Director of Surface Warfare.  In July 2010, Milo transitioned from active to reserve duty where she served at the Office of Naval Intelligence and NATO Warfare Development Group.  She was awarded the 2017 American Legion Military Person of the Year (Reserve Category) for the State of Indiana.

Blair Milo was born and raised in La Porte, Indiana and graduated from La Porte High School.  She attended Purdue University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy in 2004.  In 2010, she earned a Master’s Degree in Legislative Affairs from the George Washington University.