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Chapter Event May – Member Showcase

May 18, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


About the Event:

The Member Showcase and Speaker Industry Panel is one of the most exciting and highly anticipated events of the NSA NYC year. This is a two-part meeting:
Part one consists of five professional members of the chapter presenting their best 5 minutes for their colleagues and a panel of three industry representatives — bureaus, agents, meeting planners. The panel gives its expert opinion on each presentation, how likely it would be to be booked, and how well it aligns with the speaker’s website.
Part two is a discussion with these industry professionals about the current state of the business, what topics are hot, what are not, and how best to reach the people who can hire you. We will solicit and have the panel answer your most pressing questions.
Every year at this event the level of presenting is higher and higher. Come see and hear your colleagues do their very best stuff — and learn the secrets of how to get booked!

About the Panelists:

Cindy Ashton is the CEO of Speaker Stardom Booking Agency, an elite-level presentation strategist, professional speaker, singer, and TV host of Cindy Uncorked on e360tv. With 20 years of experience, she is an authority on presentation skills, speaking voice, body language, content delivery, and leadership presence. Candian-born, Cindy lives in the United States under a green card for a person of “extraordinary ability” and is considered to be in the top one percent in her field of training, speaking, and performing. She has received awards from former president Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II for her lifetime of volunteerism, and has appeared in multiple media including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and Inc. Magazine.





Blanche Powell was born and raised in North Carolina. She was taught early the values of hard work and hospitality. Blanche obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from East Carolina University. Following college, she and her high school sweetheart were married and began an Air Force career that took them from North Dakota to Texas and California to Virginia. During that time, Blanche pursued her varied career interests in teaching, music and business as well as singing in community groups, choirs, and working on various committees. Since 1996, the Powells have called northern Virginia home, where Blanche has followed her passion for customer service with the speakers’ bureau industry for 21 years. She and her partner, Maggie Kohne (now retired) started their own bureau, Powell Kohne Associates, in 2006. Today, Blanche continues her work with clients across the United States and beyond, helping them find the best speakers, celebrities and entertainers for their events, large and small. Building relationships with clients and speakers is what Blanche is all about!


In 2015 Li Hayes received a call from a professional speaker who just lost the opportunity to keynote an event, because his speaking agent had pushed a pricier alternative. The reason? It was in the bureau’s best interest. That afternoon GoLeeward was launched.
GoLeeward has the mission to partner with speakers to enhance their speaking careers; and to deliver the exact speakers that events want to achieve their goals, all in an atmosphere of transparent transactions. The recipe is simple, flexibility, active communication, and and no hidden agency markup (meaning no “sales” bias). Li is the Founder and President of GoLeeward, a sought after expert on the speaking industry, and personally oversees the firms most acclaimed presenters.
GoLeeward started with a single speaker in January of 2015 and has grown to over 20 speakers. Li adds speakers very conservatively considering not only the talent and message of each speaker but their business acumen and cultural fit.


About the Speakers:

 Michelle Tillis Lederman, named one of Forbes Top 25 Networking Experts, is the author of several books including the internationally known, The 11 Laws of Likability. Her next book, The Connectors Club, will be released late 2018.









A former structural engineer and world-record-holding expert juggler, Jen Slaw teaches strategies that result in more balanced, productive, motivated, creative problem solvers and effective collaborators. She has shared her approach to life juggling on Huffington Post Live, numerous TV appearances including the Late Show with David Letterman, Off-Broadway and TEDx stages.







 Mark Grossman is a professional speaker and President of Boldstreak, a talent agency for social media influencers. What makes him different than other professional speakers who talk about negotiations is that Mark has done it for real as a deal-making entrepreneur and practicing lawyer.




Speechwriter and political strategist, Jay Townsend has worked in more than 300 political campaigns, including four presidential contests, scores of U.S. Senate, Gubernatorial and Congressional races. He is the author of The Worst Mistakes Candidates Make and Timeless Lessons from the 2017 Election and is a global advisor to the Luce Foundation.







Sonia Satra is a mindset and fitness thought leader who specializes in personal transformation by integrating the mind, body, and emotion to create lasting change. As the founder/CEO of Moticise, an award-winning lifestyle wellness program that combines movement with mindset, Sonia travels the world helping people reach their personal greatness.








About the Venue:

Our monthly Chapter Meetings take place at UBS | Wealth Management, 1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019 located between 51st and 52nd Streets (near Radio City Music Hall and the Broadway Theater District). The building is connected to the Rockefeller Center underground complex containing the B/D/F/Q subway lines, as well as many restaurants and stores. Nearby subway lines include the N/R at 49th St. and 7th Ave. and the 1/9 at Broadway and 50th St

Tickets must be purchased by 11:55 pm two days prior to the event. No WALK INS are possible. Please bring I.D. and check in.

Important Deadline:

No walk ins are possible. You must buy your ticket by 11:30pm on May 16, 2018.

Membership Ticket:

If you are a member of the NSA NYC chapter, please log in with your username and password. Buy a general ticket and your membership discount will automatically be applied on the check out page.

We love hosting new attendees at our chapter events. First-time guests are eligible for a $20 discount on a chapter event ticket by applying the coupon code “nsanyc_vip” at checkout. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Requests for refunds must be made a least one week before registration for the event closes by using the contact form. After that time, you may send a replacement if you notify us and send first name, last name and e-mail address of the person who will join us 48 hours prior to the event via the contact form. Discounted All-Access-Pass chapter event tickets can not be refunded. All-Access-Pass holders can not send a replacement, instead they will receive audio recordings of each chapter event.


May 18, 2018
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Serendipity Labs
28 Liberty Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10005 United States
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NSA NYC Chapter
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