Committees

NSA has a tremendous number of dedicated volunteers and would not be the same organization without their service and contributions! This page lists basic information about the standing volunteer-led committees doing the work of the Association in support of the strategic plan and on behalf of the membership.

Each year the volunteer leadership changes with the presidential term and most appointments to these committees are made by the incoming President. All volunteers are selected based on their proven abilities, often shown in their home chapter, and their dedication to the mission and vision of NSA.

NSA has a tremendous number of dedicated volunteers and would not be the same organization without their service and contributions! This page lists basic information about the standing volunteer-led committees doing the work of the Association in support of the strategic plan and on behalf of the membership.

Each year the volunteer leadership changes with the presidential term and most appointments to these committees are made by the incoming President. All volunteers are selected based on their proven abilities, often shown in their home chapter, and their dedication to the mission and vision of NSA.

Strategic Objective: Community

Purpose: To provide guidance to staff for creating programming that leads Academy participants on a path to NSA membership.

2015-16 Chair: Gary Rifkin, CSP

Staff Liaison: Sarah Best — Education Specialist

Strategic Objective: Financial

Purpose: To assist the NSA Board of Directors and the NSA Foundation Board of Trustees (the “Boards”) in fulfilling their financial oversight responsibilities.

2015-16 Chair: Dan Thurmon, CSP, CPAE

Staff Liaison: William Peterson — Director of Finance and Administration

Strategic Objective: Organizational Administration

Purpose: To submit a slate of candidates to the membership for approval to fill open positions on the Board of Directors.

2015-16 Chair: Shep Hyken, CSP, CPAE

Staff Liaison: Stacy Tetschner, CAE, FASAE — Chief Executive Officer

Strategic Objective: Community

Purpose: To maintain the integrity of the CSP designation by monitoring and making adjustments to the criteria to obtain the designation.

2015-16 Chair: Stan Walters, CSP

Staff Liaisons: Sarah Best — Education Specialist

Strategic Objective: Community

Purpose: To support, educate and encourage current and future NSA chapter leaders; to represent chapter leadership issues and concerns to the Board; and, to provide chapter leadership support through encouraging use of chapter leadership resources. The NSA Chapter Leadership Committee also serves as a link between the chapters and NSA.

2015-16 Chair: Elaine Dumler

Staff Liaison: Melissa Lanouette, CMP – Director of Meetings and Events

Strategic Objective: Community

Purpose: To connect members with similar interests and backgrounds and to provide networking opportunities to those groups.

2015-16 Chair: Donna Cutting, CSP

Staff Liaison: Melissa Lanouette, CMP – Director of Meetings and Events

Strategic Objective: Education and Entrepreneurial Knowledge

Purpose: To create a three-day, state-of-the-art, master level learning and networking event targeted to professional speakers who have been speaking full-time for at least five years and who make at least 35 fee-paid presentations per year.

2016 Co-Chairs: Gary Rifkin, CSP, and Christie Ward, CSP

Staff Liaison: Melissa Lanouette, CMP – Director of Meetings and Events

Strategic Objective: Education and Entrepreneurial Knowledge

Purpose: To create a 4-day, state-of-the-art, master-level learning and networking event targeted to professional speakers who have been speaking full-time for at least five (5) years and who make at least 35 fee-paid presentations per year.

2016 Co-Chairs: Scott Halford, CSP, CPAE and Stephen Shapiro, CSP, CPAE

Staff Liaison: Melissa Lanouette, CMP – Director of Meetings and Events

Strategic Objective: Community

Purpose:
To appoint the members of the CPAE Selection Committee; determine if and when to revoke the CPAE lifetime award for just cause; and, oversee the CPAE annual awards ceremony including verifying all participants in the ceremony (MCs, hosts, entertainment and introducers) are members of the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame.

2015-16 Co-Chairs: Terry Paulson, CSP, CPAE and Waldo Waldman, CSP, CPAE

Staff Liaison: Sarah Best — Education Specialist

Strategic Objective: Community

Purpose: The CPAE Leadership Committee evaluates and selects new CPAE recipients.

2015-16 Chair: John Patrick Dolan, CSP, CPAE

Staff Liaison: Sarah Best — Education Specialist

Strategic Objective: Organizational Administration

Purpose: Within the established ethics guidelines and procedures, to provide a means to investigate and make determinations on complaints alleging violations of the NSA Code of Professional Ethics and to recommend appropriate resolutions to complaints.

2015-16 Chair: Confidential

Staff Liaison: Stacy Tetschner, CAE, FASAE — Chief Executive Officer

Strategic Objective: Organizational Administration

Purpose: To serve as the interim governing body between meetings of the Board of Directors with authority vested by the Board.

2015-16 Chair:
Ruby Newell-Legner, CSP

Staff Liaison: Stacy Tetschner, CAE, FASAE — Chief Executive Officer

Strategic Objective: Financial

Purpose: To review the annual budget prepared by the NSA staff and make recommendations to the Board of Directors for its adoption. Provide oversight by reviewing monthly financial statements to ensure that a sound fiscal posture is maintained.

2015-16 Chair: Monica Wofford, CSP

Staff Liaison: William Peterson — Director of Finance and Administration

Strategic Objective: Financial

Purpose: To manage the National Speakers Association’s (NSA) investment assets by establishing and adhering to policies that promote intelligent stewardship of the resources NSA has built over its history.

2015-16 Chair: Kim Snider

Staff Liaisons: Stacy Tetschner, CAE, FASAE – Chief Executive Officer and William Peterson — Director of Finance and Administration

Strategic Objective: Education and Entrepreneurial Knowledge

Purpose: To provide an in depth, hands-on learning experience around a specific competency of professional speaking and specific learning objectives.

Fall 2015 Co-Chairs: Phil Gerbyshak and Sierra Modro

Staff Liaison: Melissa Lanouette, CMP – Director of Meetings and Events

Strategic Objective: Organizational Administration

Purpose: To submit a slate of candidates for the office of Vice President to the current Board of Directors.

2015-16 Chair: Shep Hyken, CSP, CPAE

Staff Liaison: Stacy Tetschner, CAE, FASAE – Chief Executive Officer

Strategic Objective: Education and Entrepreneurial Knowledge

Purpose: To coordinate relevant and compelling content, articles, and writers for three to four feature articles, nine columns, and the cover story for ten issues of Speaker Magazine.

2015-16 Chair: Mya Reyes

Staff Liaison: Barbara Parus, Speaker Magazine Editor-in-Chief

Strategic Objective: Organizational Administration

Purpose: To monitor, analyze, and support the strategic plan’s implementation on behalf of the Board of Directors. The Strategic Planning Committee also serves as strategy advisors to the President-Elect, Board of Directors, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and, as such, recommends updates and changes to the National Speakers Association’s (NSA) Strategic Plan.

2015-16 Chair: Brian Walter, CSP, CPAE

Staff Liaison: Stacy Tetschner, CAE, FASAE – Chief Executive Officer

Strategic Objective: Education and Entrepreneurial Knowledge

Purpose: To create segments for a monthly audio magazine containing interview segments with speaking professionals who are knowledgeable in some aspect of running a speaking business.

2015-16 Co-Chairs: Steven Iwersen, CSP and Pilar Ortiz

Staff Liaison: Barbara Parus, Editor-in-Chief

Strategic Objective: Education and Entrepreneurial Knowledge

Purpose: To provide guidance and program content providers/speakers of relevance to the youth program. The Youth Program Committee plans, fills, and implements the program and activities of the annual convention youth program.

2015-16 Chair: Romeo Marquez

Staff Liaison: Sarah Best — Education Specialist