The National Speakers Association (NSA) was founded in 1973 by Cavett Robert, CSP, CPAE, who had a vision for an organization where professional speakers could convene to improve their presentations, exchange ideas and share experiences. Cavett felt that everyone involved in the speaking profession would benefit from growing the number and quality of professional speakers. He referred to it as “making a bigger pie.”
In 1980, NSA’s leaders recognized that members wanted more opportunity to connect than was afforded by the two annual meetings, so they proposed creation of local chapters. Under the leadership of Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE, the Northern California Chapter (NSA/NC) was formed, with 92 people attending its first meeting in San Francisco in September 1980.
Today NSANC is one of 35 NSA chapters nationwide. Our members come from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Monterey, Modesto, Tahoe, and everywhere in between.
Just as NSA’s national organization awards recognition to members, so do we as chapter.
NSA/NC Chapter Member of the Year
The Member of the Year award is presented each May to that NSA/NC member who has made the most outstanding contribution to the chapter during the previous year. The recipient is also recognized by NSA at the National Convention.
|1984||Luann Linquist, PhD|
|1985||Virginia Tooper, EdD|
|1989||Rick Gilbert, PhD|
|1991||Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC|
|1992||Bob Treadway, CSP|
|1993||Allen Klein, CSP|
|1994||Ilene Dillon, MSW|
|1996||Jim Prost, MBA|
|2002||Nan Andrews Amish, MBA|
|2006||Michael Soon Lee, CSP|
Scott “Q” Marcus
|2013||Jennifer De St. Georges|
|2017||Emma Jane Santa|
Patricia Fripp Leadership Award
The Patricia Fripp Leadership Award is NSA/NC’s highest honor. It is given in recognition of extraordinary contribution to the chapter. Named in honor of the chapter’s founding leader, the “Frippy” is awarded for many years of outstanding service. It is not awarded every year.
|1985||Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE|
|1990||Janelle Barlow, PhD, CSP|
|1994||Paula Taylor, MA|
|1998||Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC
|2007||Michael Soon Lee, CSP|
We honor those who have served this chapter as president.
|1980-82||Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE|
|1982-83||Bert Decker, CSP, CPAE|
|1983-84||Luann Linquist, PhD|
|1988-89||Janelle Barlow, PhD, CSP|
|1989-90||Marilyn Manning, PhD, CSP, CMC|
|1991-92||Rick Gilbert, PhD|
|1992-93||Lynn Fraley, RN, DrPH|
|1995-96||Padi Selwyn, MA|
|1996-97||Jim Prost, MBA|
|1997-98||Bob Treadway, CSP|
|1998-99||Arlene Kaiser, EdD|
|1999-00||Roseann Sullivan, MA|
|2002-03||Michael Soon Lee, CSP|
|2006-07||Scott “Q” Marcus|
|2012-13||Dan Moirao Ed.D|