Congratulations to our winner of the 2021 Phil M. Jones scholarship: Nora Del Rosario (@noradr.betrue)
NSANYC: Tell us about yourself.
Nora: My name is Nora Del Rosario. I am a transwoman, a Filipina, a loving friend, a programmer, and an all-around nerd.
I want people to think about their place in the world. How they are with their friends, family, and community. About their relationship to culture and society. About themselves with other people.
NSANYC: Why do you want to be a speaker?
Nora: I have a lot that I want to share, and I love speaking as a medium of communication. It grounds you in a way that other mediums do not. When you speak, it’s only you and the audience. No video editing, no one giving you directions in your ear. All you have is whatever is up in your head. And your audience is real people! Not pictures on twitter or a YouTube view count. It’s plain human-to-human communication.
NSANYC: What does this scholarship mean to you?
Nora: It means opportunity and goodwill. NSA is full of opportunities. In only one month, I have met dozens of people and learned more about the speaking industry than over my whole career. With all the encouragement I’ve already gotten from other members, I feel ready to take on the world.
But I could only do that with the goodwill of others. This scholarship exists because one man wanted to help a promising young speaker. And he could only make that decision with the support of NSA’s community. It is through the goodwill of others that we are able to do something great.
Welcome to our NSANYC community, Nora! Thank you, @philmjonesuk for creating this opportunity for Nora and for us.
About Phil M. Jones
Phil M. Jones is a master of influence and persuasion – the author of the best-selling “Exactly” Book Series with over 1 million copies sold – producer of the “Most Listened To” non-fiction Audiobook of all time – a trusted advisor for some of the world’s biggest brands – and entrepreneur since the age of 14. On September 10, 2021, Phil M. Jones gave a gift to our chapter and the greater speaking community. Rather than accept the honorarium the chapter gives to guest speakers, Phil donated the honorarium back to the New York City chapter with a caveat.