Council of Peers Award for Excellence (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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Message

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Presentation & Delivery

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Experience

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Professionalism

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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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2019

2019 CPAE

Speaker Hall of Fame Inductees

Rory Vaden, CSP, CPAE

Rory Vaden, CSP, CPAE

Rory Vaden, CSP, CPAE, is the New York Times bestselling author of Take the Stairs. His insights have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNN, Entrepreneur, Inc, and in several other major media outlets. Read More

Carey Lohrenz, CSP, CPAE

Carey Lohrenz, CSP, CPAE

Carey Lohrenz, CSP, CPAE, is a dynamic communicator with an incredible story. As the first female F-14 Tomcat pilot, she was a pioneer in military aviation. Having flown missions worldwide as a combat-mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Carey Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results. Read More

Bill Stainton, CSP, CPAE

Bill Stainton, CSP, CPAE

Bill Stainton, CSP, CPAE, 29 Time Emmy Award Winning Keynote Speaker, spent 15 years leading a world-class creative team to unparalleled results. Today he is one of the top keynote speakers for corporations and associations that want their people to produce better results and come up with breakthrough ideas on demand. Read More

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2018

2018 CPAE

Speaker Hall of Fame Inductees

Jay Baer, CSP, CPAE

Jay Baer, CSP, CPAE

Jay Baer, CSP, CPAE, has spent 25 years in digital marketing and customer experience, consulting for more than 700 companies during that period, including 34 of the FORTUNE 500. Read More

Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP, CPAE

Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP, CPAE

Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP, CPAE, is a diversity strategist, author, and international speaker, who specializes in helping organizations make diversity and inclusion a competitive advantage. She is included among the top 100 thought leaders on Diversity by the Society of Human Resource Management. Read More

Bob Burg, CPAE

Bob Burg, CPAE

Bob Burg, CPAE, entertains and educates onstage. He is coauthor of the international bestseller The Go-Giver (rated #10 on Inc. Magazine's list of the Most Motivational Books Ever Written), now in 22 languages. Total sales of all his books are well over 1.5 million copies. Read More

Marilyn Sherman, CSP, CPAE

Marilyn Sherman, CSP, CPAE

Marilyn Sherman, CSP, CPAE, has spent years motivating and inspiring audiences to get out of their comfort zone and get a front-row seat in life. She is seen as a go-to motivational keynote speaker for corporate and association markets that want their people achieve more results. Read More

Scott Stratten, CPAE

Scott Stratten, CPAE

Scott Stratten, CPAE, is co-authors of five best-selling business books, co-owners of UnMarketing Inc and co-hosts of The UnPodcast along with his wife, Allison. He was put on this earth to remind the world that not all Canadians are passively polite. Read More

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2017

2017 CPAE

Speaker Hall of Fame Inductees

Jolene Brown, CSP, CPAE

Jolene Brown, CSP, CPAE

Jolene Brown, CSP, CPAE, is a farmer, author and family business consultant. Her worldwide audiences laugh while they learn! Jolene’s unique credibility, authenticity, humor and wisdom are in high demand. She’s proud to use her platform to celebrate the people of agriculture. Read More

Colette Carlson, MA, CSP, CPAE

Colette Carlson, MA, CSP, CPAE

Colette Carlson, MA, CSP, CPAE, is the Founder of Speak Your Truth, Inc., and a human behavior expert who inspires individuals to connect and communicate in real and relevant ways. How to create effective connections, and leverage them for greater success, is the thread woven into every one of Colette’s presentations. Read More

Connie Dieken, CSP, CPAE

Connie Dieken, CSP, CPAE

Connie Dieken, CSP, CPAE, guides leaders of the world’s top companies on how to elevate their presence and influence in the spotlight. She combines two rare qualities: the keen instincts of a TV journalist who’s also been inducted into the Radio/Television Hall of Fame® and the astute business insights of a high-integrity advisor to high-performing CEOs. Read More

David Horsager, MA, CSP, CPAE

David Horsager, MA, CSP, CPAE

David Horsager, MA, CSP, CPAE, is author of The Trust Edge and CEO of Trust Edge Leadership Institute. As the global expert on trust, he invented The Enterprise Trust Index™ and produces the nation’s foremost trust study—The Trust Outlook™. Read More

Bruce Turkel, CPAE

Bruce Turkel, CPAE

Bruce Turkel, CPAE, has created valuable brands for over 25 years. Bruce works with the world’s most compelling brands, including Hasbro, Amex, Charles Schwab, Citicorp, Discovery Networks, Bacardi, HBO, Canyon Ranch, and more. He’s an author, musician, artist, runner, and speaker. Read More

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2016

2016 CPAE

Speaker Hall of Fame Inductees

Jane Herlong, CSP, CPAE

Jane Herlong, CSP, CPAE

As a Southern humorist, Jane Herlong, CSP, CPAE, entertains using funny, original Southern stories, folksy wisdom and singing to help folks live more productive, stress-free lives. Jane believes in the extraordinary healing power of humor and story telling. Read More

Linda Larsen, MFA, CSP, CPAE

Linda Larsen, MFA, CSP, CPAE

Linda Larsen, MFA, CSP, CPAE, has been helping people worldwide upgrade their thinking, improve their communication and get much better quality results in life, both personally and professionally. She does this in such a fun and memorable way that she is sought after around the globe by meeting planners. Read More

David Glickman, CSP, CPAE

David Glickman, CSP, CPAE

David Glickman, CSP, CPAE, has been a professional speaker and entertainer for over twenty five years and has presented over 2000 programs. Before transitioning from “show business” to “business shows,” he worked with everyone from The Beach Boys to Steve Martin and performed at private parties for singer Gloria Estefan and former President Jimmy Carter. Read More

Jason Hewlett, CSP, CPAE

Jason Hewlett, CSP, CPAE

Over 2,000 events, speeches, and performances in his 15-year career, for Fortune 500 companies, and clients such as American Express, Delta Airlines, 2002 Salt Lake Olympics, Coca~Cola, Wells Fargo, Experian, NuSkin, Younique and many more, have solidified Jason Hewlett, CSP, CPAE, as the go-to solution for corporate event needs. Read More

John Sileo, CSP, CPAE

John Sileo, CSP, CPAE

Combining real-world experience with years of study, John Sileo, CSP, CPAE, became an award-winning author, trusted advisor and keynote speaker on identity theft, cyber security, online privacy and digital fraud. John specializes in making security fun and engaging for audiences, so that it works. Read More

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2015

2015 CPAE

Speaker Hall of Fame Inductees

Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, CPAE

Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, CPAE

Award-winning keynote speaker and bestselling author of seven books, Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, CPAE, is a noted expert in employee and team productivity. She is best known by her moniker, “The Productivity Pro®.” Read More

Simon T. Bailey, CSP, CPAE

Simon T. Bailey, CSP, CPAE

Simon T. Bailey, CSP, CPAE, derives great joy by sharing and inspiring men and women with a simple transformational framework and the tools needed to create a purposeful life and a meaningful and profitable business. Read More

Walter Bond, CSP, CPAE

Walter Bond, CSP, CPAE

Now retired from the NBA, Walter Bond, CSP, CPAE, shares stories, lessons, and the type of motivation that sparks the superstars to success, moves the middle players into action, and provides the knowledge and skills needed to take the proven path away from the pack and into the peak performer’s spotlight. Read More

Jeffrey Hayzlett, CPAE

Jeffrey Hayzlett, CPAE

Jeffrey Hayzlett, CPAE, is a global business celebrity, speaker, best-selling author, and Chairman of C-Suite Network, home of the world’s most trusted network of C-Suite leaders. He shares his executive insight and commentary on television networks like Bloomberg, MSNBC, Fox Business, and C-Suite TV. Read More

Stephen Shapiro, CSP, CPAE

Stephen Shapiro, CSP, CPAE

Stephen Shapiro, CSP, CPAE, cultivates innovation by showing leaders and their teams how to approach, tackle and solve their business challenges. Applying the knowledge he has accrued over decades in the industry, Stephen is able to see what others can’t: opportunities to improve innovation models and the cultures that support them. Read More

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2014

2014 CPAE

Speaker Hall of Fame Inductees

Christine Cashen, CSP, CPAE

Christine Cashen, CSP, CPAE

Christine Cashen, CSP, CPAE, delivers a fast-paced, hilarious program with useful content that makes her a sought after speaker worldwide. She is an authority on sparking innovative ideas, handling conflict, reducing stress and energizing employees. Read More

Ron Culberson, CSP, CPAE

Ron Culberson, CSP, CPAE

Ron Culberson, CSP, CPAE, helps people become extraordinary by helping them focus on seeking excellence while making their work experience more enjoyable. He helps leaders understand the components of an organizational culture that will attract great employees, develop excellent leaders, and deliver extraordinary products and services. Read More

Ken Futch, CSP, CPAE

Ken Futch, CSP, CPAE

Ken Futch, CSP, CPAE, professional speaker, humorist, career coach, author and survivor of his own life. He’s the president of Ken Futch and Associates, a training company that teaches organizations and individuals how to turn situations into opportunities and opportunity into success. Read More

Scott Halford, CSP, CPAE

Scott Halford, CSP, CPAE

Scott Halford, CSP, CPAE, is an Emmy Award winning writer and producer, an engaging presenter, and a long-time consultant to Fortune 500 executive teams. His expertise and experience enriches the contribution that he makes to every client. Read More

Brad Montgomery, CSP, CPAE

Brad Montgomery, CSP, CPAE

Brad Montgomery, CSP, CPAE, teaches people how to use happiness to boost productivity, creativity, innovation & profits. He turns typical meetings into transformational events using, the power of happiness. Oh, and he’s pretty funny. Read More

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2013

2013 CPAE

Speaker Hall of Fame Inductees

Randy Gage, CPAE

Randy Gage, CPAE

Randy Gage, CPAE, has spoken to more than 2 million people across more than 50 countries, and is the author of ten books translated into 25 languages. Read More

Jeff Salz, CPAE

Jeff Salz, CPAE

Jeff Salz, CPAE, has led over one hundred wilderness, mountaineering and anthropological research expeditions around the world, including a number of first ascents and first solo- ascents of summits in Southern Patagonia and the remote Western Himalaya of India. Read More

Waldo Waldman, CSP, CPAE

Waldo Waldman, CSP, CPAE

Waldo Waldman, CSP, CPAE, teaches tactics on how to build trusting, revenue producing relationships with employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experiences as a decorated fighter pilot and sales expert. Read More

Brian Walter, CSP, CPAE

Brian Walter, CSP, CPAE

Brian Walter, CSP, CPAE, is an expert on taking your meeting-specific content and crafting it into compelling onstage experiences and productions. Read More

Mikki Williams, CSP, CPAE

Mikki Williams, CSP, CPAE

Whether addressing the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table, or sharing the platform with Suze Orman or Tony Robbins, Mikki Williams, CSP, CPAE, unique storytelling is transformational, thought-provoking and she holds her audience members accountable to action. Read More

2013 CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame Inductees and Cavett Award recipient
2012

2012 CPAE

Speaker Hall of Fame Inductees

Steve Gilliland, CSP, CPAE

Steve Gilliland, CSP, CPAE

As a recognized master storyteller and brilliant comedian, Steve Gilliland, CSP, CPAE, can be heard daily on SiriusXM Radio’s Laugh USA. He shows audiences how to open doors to success in their careers, their relationships and their lives. Read More

Sally Hogshead, CSP, CPAE

Sally Hogshead, CPAE

Sally Hogshead, CPAE, is an international keynote speaker. Using her science-based Fascinate system, she teaches audiences how to instantly persuade and captivate in a world with a 9-second attention span. Read More

Ross Shafer, CPAE

Ross Shafer, CPAE

Ross Shafer, CPAE, is one of the most sought after keynote speakers and seminar leaders on the subjects of Customer Urgency and Empathy, Personal Motivation, Reinvention, and Market Relevance. Read More

Peter Sheahan, CSP, CPAE

Peter Sheahan, CSP, CPAE

Peter Sheahan, CSP, CPAE, is the Founder & Group CEO of Karrikins Group, Peter Sheahan is known internationally for his innovative business thinking and thought leadership. Read More

Terri Sjodin, CSP, CPAE

Terri Sjodin, CSP, CPAE

Terri Sjodin, CSP, CPAE, is a “high content” speaker. Her approach is fresh, real-world, and her style is sassy and practical. Each presentation is loaded with street-worthy ideas, methods, and tips that men and women can use immediately to get results. Many consider Terri to be today’s sales professionals’ speech coach. Read More

2013 CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame Inductees and Cavett Award recipient