Become a member

Membership in our chapter is open to all Professional Members of the National Speakers Association (NSA). Find out if you meet the requirements, because we would love to have you on board and learn more about you.

Attend an Event

Be our guest, because members and guests are welcome to attend our meetings as often as they wish. Look out for any upcoming events and join us at a Chapter Meeting, Working Session or Salon Series.

Join the University

Want to become a professional speaker, or do you just need some help to jumpstart your career? Our Speaker University program helps aspiring and new speakers become successful in the business of speaking.

Find a Speaker

Members of our chapter belong to the National Speakers Association and have met the demanding requirements set forth by that organization. Our professional members can help you make your event a great success.


A word from our President

Welcome to our NSA NYC website! Every expert who uses the spoken word to present content to an audience for a fee belongs in NSA. If this is your business, or something you are seriously considering, you have come to the right place. Members of NSA NYC include experts who reach a variety of audiences as speakers, trainers, humorists, motivators, consultants, and more. We are one of the largest and most engaged independently run NSA chapters in the U.S.

When you attend an NSA NYC event for the first time you’re probably looking for information, tools, opportunities and/or community.

Information about the speaking profession: position yourself as an expert in your field, market yourself, reach prospective clients, and build your speaking business.

Tools to increase your business: create more effective video, improve your platform skills, extend the reach and effectiveness of your social media, focus your sales efforts.

Opportunities to be seen and heard: share your expertise, mentor students, demonstrate your excellence, identify additional opportunities to grow your business. NSA NYC will cut years off your learning curve as a new, and experienced, speaker.

A Collaborative Community to connect with. What I have found to be the greatest benefit is our unique ability to work together to create a collaborative community. When you join NSA NYC you join a family. We are an association built around mutual support, shared success and giving back. Cooperation and collaboration, not competition, helps us to grow as an industry. You can’t put a price tag on a community like this. You build it by being involved. Happy surfing!

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The best way to experience our chapter and all the benefits that come with a professional membership is to join us at one of our upcoming events. We have a schedule filled with great opportunities to network, to learn and to gain insider secrets on how to build your speaking business. So hurry up and get your seat in one of our upcoming events.


Because we are only happy when they are.

Ron Karr

“The New York City chapter of the National Speakers Association is a place for me to learn, network, and most importantly, be with peers who know what this business takes. It is the sharing of ideas and support that makes NSA the invaluable organization it is. The New York chapter is one of the best in the organization. I cannot imagine not being a member of NSA NYC.”

Ron KarrPast President National Speakers Association (2013-2014), Past President NYC Chapter (1994-1995)
Karen Jacobsen

“My involvement with NSA NYC began in 2010 when I wanted to learn more about Professional Speaking. I had no concept of the impact this group would have on my business, my quality of life, and my relationships. Every chapter event is overflowing with the highest levels of education and a community so supportive I still can hardly believe it. We work hard, we grow our businesses, and we have fun. Just how life should be.”

Karen JacobsenPast President NYC Chapter (2014-2015)
Jeffrey Hayzlett

“New York City is home to the best freaking professional speakers in the world! If you can’t find them here—fuggedaboutit!”

Jeffrey HayzlettHall of Fame Speaker,
Theodore Henderson

“If you are an aspiring professional speaker, or perhaps you’ve been at it awhile and are looking for that extra something to get you to the next level, then NSA NYC is the perfect choice. Education, camaraderie, a diversity of talent, and a large group of knowledge members—the chapter provides the perfect home. I have found it to be a great investment in my career and professional development and so will you.”

Theodore HendersonSocial Media Security Professional & Leadership
Jean Moroney

“Every time I attend an NSA NYC event, I feel re-energized to dive into my business and be a better speaker. This is partly because the programs are exceptional. But mainly it’s because the other chapter members are inspirational themselves. Everybody in this organization is on a mission to make the world a better place, and is eager to see the other members succeed. That powerful combination of ambitiousness and goodwill is rare out in the world, but everywhere inside this organization.”

Jean MoroneyPast President NYC-Chapter (2013-2014)
Casey Carpenter

“Membership in the NSA NYC chapter has provided me a place to reach higher in my professional development, as well as an opportunity to make lifelong friends. The best way to attain success is to associate with those who already are where I want to be. NSA NYC has proven to be a powerful think-tank that I’m able to tap into and put ideas into action. No action = a plane with chocks under its wheels!”

Casey CarpenterSales Confidence Mentor

About Us

The National Speakers Association (NSA) is the leading organization for professional speakers. Since 1973, NSA has provided resources and education designed to advance the skills, integrity and value of its members and speaking profession.

NSA’s thousands of members include experts in a variety of industries and disciplines, who reach audiences as trainers, educators, humorists, motivators, consultants, authors and more. Every expert who uses the spoken word to present content to an audience for a fee belongs to NSA.

There are NSA local chapters throughout the United States where you can connect and learn with speakers in your area. Our NYC chapter is one of the most established and active ones within NSA.

We are a caring, sharing and fun network where you can find support and friendship with local speaking professionals. A professional membership in our chapter offers you many benefits. However, most important: If you are serious about your speaking business you need to join us!


YOU are a professional speaker and you want to grow your business? Networking with national experts who present at our chapter events, and other professional speakers or members from our chapter will develop great friendships and provide valuable resources for your business.

YOU are not a professional speaker yet, but speaking is an important part of your career? Don’t worry. Our chapter recognizes the speaking needs of a variety of professions and we welcome trainers, coaches, consultants, authors, teachers and many more.

YOU are at the beginning of your speaking career and need some guidance? Your best place to get started is our chapter. You will be in the midst of a supportive atmosphere that promotes a sense of community.

YOU are a speaking bureau, an event or meeting planner? Join us and connect with potential speakers for your programs and services. You will find a variety of skills and expertise to choose from.


There is so much available to you!


    Our members enjoy subsidized pricing for our monthly chapter meetings, special programs, holiday party and end of year luncheon events.


    These always sold out interactive small group sessions can only be attended by members, and are one of our most coveted member benefits.


    Meet with other professional speakers in your area of the industry through one of our casual CEG group gatherings: Keynote Speakers, Trainers, Consultants, Writers and Health and Wellness Speakers.  You also have the opportunity to create a mastermind group with other professional members of our chapter.


    Connect with fellow members in our private group in real time, answering your burning questions during your work day.  This resource alone makes membership of our chapter extremely valuable.

  • Access to our members-only download area

    We make resources, documents and recordings available to streamline and elevate your speaking business.


    Our guest speakers are some of the best in the world. Members can enjoy exclusive lunches, dinners and cocktail hours with our visiting speakers throughout the year.


    We offer exceptional visibility for our members on our website with your full speaker profile, description of programs, video links and booking information.


    Our professional members generously offer their time to help you become a professional member of NSA.  Once you become a member, we support you through the process of earning the highest designation in our industry, the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP).


    Serving on our board and volunteering your time and expertise to the chapter has priceless value.  The skills and relationships available to be developed can accelerate your business in the most unexpected ways.  We welcome you to let us know you would like to assist with even a small task.  The leadership track within our chapter is exceptional, as evidenced by the accomplishments of our past leaders.

  • Access to nationally & internationally recognized speaking experts

    Through our NSA community we are connected to a network of speaking professionals worldwide.  As New York is a hub, we often welcome our speaking colleagues who are visiting the city for business or pleasure with a Pop-Up gathering to meet in a social setting with our members. When you are traveling to speak in other parts of the country or the world, you too can connect with speaking colleagues through this extraordinary network and community.


    We love to share in and promote the success of our members through our monthly newsletter, at meetings and online.

  • Speaking opportunities & recommendations from chapter members

    A common side effect of membership of our chapter is referral business.  The more you connect with speakers, the more your ability to refer business back and forth increases.

  • Visibility to meeting planners, speaker bureaus & clients

    We enjoy strong relationships with meeting planners and bureau agents. We partnered with the International Association of Speaker Bureaus for their North East hub event, and bring meeting planners to our annual Speaker Bureau panel to have your most current industry questions answered.

  • Eligibility for annual Member Showcase

    Professional Members can apply to present at our annual member showcase for the chapter and our invited industry professionals.

  • Eligibility for chapter awards

    Each year we honor members for their service to the chapter and their service to the speaking profession at our luncheon.  This is one of our most revered dates on the calendar where we come together to celebrate the successes of our community.


    Our sponsors offer generous preferred-pricing for our members.  Throughout the year we offer additional opportunities for access to professional services.

  • Last but not least ... Camaraderie


We are extremely proud of our members for their accomplishments within and outside of our chapter.


Ben Wolff
Ben WolffPast President NSA NYC
Tami Evans
Tami Evans Past President NSA NYC
Karen Jacobsen
Karen JacobsenPast President NSA NYC
Jean Moroney
Jean MoroneyPast President NSA NYC
Sonia Satra
Sonia SatraPast President NSA NYC
Rochelle Rice
Rochelle RicePast President NSA NYC
Don Gabor
Don GaborPast President NSA NYC
Ron Volper
Ron VolperPast President NSA NYC 2009-2010
Deborah Burell (Ron Volper)
Deborah Burell (Ron Volper)Past President NSA NYC
TJ Walker
TJ WalkerPast President NSA NYC

Past Presidents (NSA Tri-State Chapter)
Bob FrarePam Burks, Pegine Echevarria, Lisa Aldisert, Nancy Rosanogg, Diane DiResta, Ron Karr, Kevin Moran, Al Parinello, Elaine Barbinal, James DeSena, Ruth Brayer, Patricia Stephenson, Jonathan Evetts, Jeannette Schiro, Ivy Helstein, Francine Berger, Jacques Weisel, Lola Green (Founder)

Hall of Fame Speaker (CPAE)

In February 1977, the National Speakers Association established the Council of Peers Award for Excellence 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. To date, 232 men and women have been inducted into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame®.

Jeffrey Hayzlett
Victoria Labalme
Gil Eagles
Alan Cimberg
Alan CimbergCPAE

Past National Presidents

Ron Karr
Ron KarrPast President NSA

National Board Members

Casey Carpenter
Casey CarpenterNSA Board Member
Tami Evans
Tami EvansNSA Board Member
Karen Jacobsen
Karen JacobsenNSA Board Member
Rochelle Rice
Rochelle RiceNSA Board Member


Conferred by the National Speakers Association, the Certified Speaking Professional® (CSP) designation is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform competence. About 12 percent of the 5,000 + speakers worldwide, who belong to the Global Speakers Federation, currently hold this professional designation.

Regina Clark
Dennis Cummins
Darryl Davis
Diane DiResta
Dennis E. Gilbert
Dennis E.
Ron Karr
Mike Moran
Marquesa Pettway
Rochelle Rice
Ann Tardy
Jess Todtfeld

Chapter Member of the Year

Jay Townsend
Jay TownsendChapter Member of the Year

The Chapter Member of the Year is awarded to a member who has made a significant contribution to the chapter in the past year. This is a chance to recognize a particular contribution or for a volunteering service over a longer period of time.

Past Award Winners: Don GaborPegine EchevarriaBob FrareRon KarrElaine Barbakoff, Mary Bryant, Ruth Brayer, Ann FryKarol WardRochelle RiceBenjamin WolffSylvie di Giusto

Alan Cimberg Award

Rochelle Rice
Rochelle RiceAlan Cimberg Award

Alan Cimberg was one of the first members of the National Speakers Association.  The Alan Cimberg Award was originated to recognize the life’s work of a speaker associated with, but not necessarily a member of, our chapter.  This is the highest honor we award each year as a chapter.

Past Award Winners: Robert & Rande GedaliahBob FrareDon GaborMark LeBlancRon Karr, Jeffrey Hayzlett, Richard Marker

Dottie Berman Award

James McEntire
James McEntireDottie Berman Award

Former member of NSA-NYC Dottie Berman donated $5,000.00 to the chapter to be awarded for volunteerism. Her only stipulation was the award should go to a non-board member and each year we honor someone who has gone above and beyond for our chapter.

Past Award Winners: Richard MarkerJean MoroneyKaren JacobsenPauline KehmShemeka BrathwaiteJill Schiefelbein, Marcia Berry

Gedaliah Award

Rande Davis and Robert Gedaliah
Rande Davis and Robert GedaliahGedaliah Award

The Gedaliah Award honors Rande Davis and Robert Gedaliah and will granted to those who show an outstanding support and care to the members of our community. The first Gedaliah Award 2017 goes to Rande and Robert themselves; awarded for their exceptional support and caring to each other, and to our NSA NYC community. Watch Video

Past Award Winners: –


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