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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.

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