Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE)®

CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame®

The Top Echelons of
Speaking Excellence

In February 1977, the National Speakers Association (NSA) established the Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE)® Speaker Hall of Fame to honor professional speakers who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence.

Admission into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame is a lifetime award for speaking excellence and professionalism. Inductees are evaluated by their peers through a rigorous and demanding process. Each candidate must excel in the following five categories1.

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Collateral Material

1The award is not based on celebrity status, number of speeches, or amount of income.

Excellence Exemplified

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2020 CPAE

Speaker Hall of Fame Inductees

Barry Banther, CSP, CPAE

Barry Banther, CSP, CPAE

Barry Banther knows lasting leadership. And he learned it with over 4 decades of hands on experience first as a leader in a nationwide enterprise and then as the founder and CEO of two professional services firms. He has been the senior consultant on more than 400 engagements to help develop leaders. His clients have included multinational companies as well as mid to large size family-owned businesses across America. Read More

Jason Dorsey, CSP, CPAE

Jason Dorsey, CSP, CPAE

Jason's passion is solving generational challenges for leaders using his unique research discoveries. He delivers results through his acclaimed keynote presentations, strategic advisory work, and unique behavioral research. His talent is applying insights from his 65+ research studies with his frontline experience working with over 700 clients to uncover specific, new solutions that drive measurable results. Read More

Mary Kelly, Phd, CSP, CPAE

Mary Kelly, Phd, CSP, CPAE

A high-energy keynote speaker, Mary is focused on using research, laughter, and experience to show professionals how to excel. Mary’s relatable, no-nonsense approach inspires audiences to embrace their roles, surpass their goals, and plan for the future. Read More

Sam Richter, CSP, CPAE

Sam Richter, CSP, CPAE

Sam is founder and CEO of SBR Worldwide/Know More. Through his in-person keynote presentations and online programs, Sam trains leading organizations and entertains tens of thousands of persons around the world. His programs promise to be the highest-content, most take-home-value presentations attendees have ever experienced. Read More

Ford Saeks, CSP, CPAE

Ford Saeks, CSP, CPAE

Ford Saeks has redefined the formula for business success. His efforts have helped companies generate a total of over a billion dollars in sales worldwide. From start-ups to Fortune 500’s, Saeks is widely recognized as a Business Growth Profit Innovator. With over 20 years’ experience (ranging from retail to wholesale), he has founded over ten companies, authored four books, secured three U.S. patents, and received numerous industry awards. Read More

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