Empowering Professional Speakers to Thrive and Influence.

We elevate excellence, share expertise, and challenge one another to improve.

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Abundant Generosity

  • We exhibit a culture of giving and sharing our experience and expertise.
  • As we pursue success, we practice generosity and recognize philanthropic achievements.
  • We call this “The Spirit of Cavett,” honoring our Founder’s example to help each other learn, grow, and prosper.

Jeffrey Hayzlett, CPAE
Member since 1999

It’s worth a lot more than the dues I pay in. It’s the best investment in ‘me’ I have ever made. Want to be a successful speaker? Join NSA, you are worth it

Lisa Fey, CSP
Member since 2011

Being a member of NSA allowed me to accelerate what I needed to do for my business from both a speaking perspective and running the business.

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Elevating Excellence

  • We recognize, celebrate, and teach excellence in both the art and business of speaking.
  • We feature experts and diverse examples of industry-leading excellence.
  • We are committed to lifelong improvement.
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Intentional Language

  • We honor the power of well-spoken words.
  • We respect the creative works of others and inspire people to find their original voice.
  • We communicate with intention, care, and respect.

Genie Snyder
Member since 2018

I think my best connections have been a posse I've found who support me, but also hold my feet to the fire and help me build my business and help me do what it is that I love to do

Shavone Reed
Member since 2021

This has been the greatest investment in myself and my business. I couldn't have made a more impactful investment of time and resources.

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Honorable Innovation

  • We honor our history, legacy, and the contributions of those who preceded us.
  • We recognize and embrace the evolution required to remain relevant and accomplish our mission and vision.
  • We act with courage, integrity, and ethics as leaders and as members.
Heart

Uplifting Humanity

  • We foster positive change for people and organizations.
  • We enable audience members to improve, prosper, and succeed.
  • We practice inclusion and learn from diverse viewpoints.

Marilyn Sherman, CSP, CPAE
Member since 1995

I would not be where I am today had it not been for my lasting connections with the amazing members of NSA. I'm just so happy to be a member of this association that believes in uplifting humanity.

NSA Team

Jaime Nolan, CAE<br> <h4>President & CEO</h4>

Jaime Nolan, CAE

President & CEO

I bring the board's vision for NSA and its members to life through strategic relationships and oversight of the NSA team.

Candice York<br> <h4>Director, Operations & Events</h4>

Candice York

Director, Operations & Events

I oversee our products and resources to ensure NSA is operating sustainably so we will continue to be here to serve our members.

Maureen Mahoney<br> <h4>Director, Online Learning</h4>

Maureen Mahoney

Director, Online Learning

I create invaluable educational opportunities so our members are always finding new ways to improve.

Jessica Burgus<br> <h4>Director, Finance </h4>

Jessica Burgus

Director, Finance

I manage NSA's finances to ensure we're always making sound decisions to serve our members.

Edward Chandler<br> <h4>Director, Sales</h4>

Edward Chandler

Director, Sales

I help find the best tools, products and services for our members and connect businesses to our community of entrepreneurs. 

Matt Longdon<br> <h4>Director, Marketing & Communications</h4>

Matt Longdon

Director, Marketing & Communications

I tell our members what's going on at NSA HQ and help speakers see the importance of NSA for their business.

Maranda DeSanto, CAE<br> <h4>Director, Member Experience </h4>

Maranda DeSanto, CAE

Director, Member Experience

I make sure members are getting the most of their NSA experience. 

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Brittany Peffer

Manager, Marketing & Communications

I let members know what's going on at NSA HQ. 

Shelby Longman<br> <h4>Executive Assistant </h4>

Shelby Longman

Executive Assistant

I help members by answering their day-to-day questions and connecting them to the right resources

Jamie Salz<br> <h4>Coordinator, Marketing & Communications </h4>

Jamie Salz

Coordinator, Marketing & Communications

I let members know what's going on at NSA HQ. 

Board of Directors

Mike Staver, CSP, CPAE<br> <h4>Chair</h4>

Mike Staver, CSP, CPAE

Chair

Board Member since 2017

Meredith Elliott Powell

Meredith Elliott Powell, CSP, CPAE

Chair-Elect

Board Member since 2018

Barry Banther

Barry Banther, CSP, CPAE

Immediate Past Chair

Board Member since 2015

Committee Volunteers

Lenora Billings-Harris

Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP, CPAE

INFLUENCE Committee

Thom Singer

Thom Singer, CSP

Speakernomics Host

Patrick Donadio, CSP

Patrick Donadio, CSP

Speaker Magazine Chair