Meeting/Event Information

Throughout the year NSA-CT holds several open meetings to serve the needs of NSA-CT members as well as aspiring speakers. Guests are welcome to attend the open meetings for a fee of $35. 


April 23, 2013

April 23, 2013
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hilton Garden Inn
25 Old Stratford Road
Shelton, CT 06484
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Do you have a book inside you? Want to share an informative or inspirational message to the world? It’s time to get it written and get it published! Don’t miss this meeting with our featured Panel of Experts: Randye Kaye, Wally Hauck, & Brian Jud

Do you have a book inside you?

Want to share an informative or inspirational message to the world?

It’s time to get it written and get it published!

Don’t miss this meeting with our featured Panel of Experts: Randye Kaye, Wally Hauck, & Brian Jud.

Randye Kaye, Actress, voice talent, speaker, author

Randye Kaye is an actress, voice talent, speaker and author - and it all, somehow, ties together into an inspiring, albeit eclectic, career.

Randye’s book, Ben Behind His Voices: One Family’s Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope  was published a year ago by Rowman and Littlefield. It's a page-turning narrative of one family's challenging experience when their firstborn is gradually struck down by schizophrenia - and how they learned to love and support him throughout his eventual steps to recovery. This "memoir that reads like a riveting novel" (Connecticut Post), called a "must-read" by Publishers' Weekly, will inspire and educate any family going through hard times, especially coping with mental illness in a loved one.

Randye speaks frequently to groups of doctors, nurses, medical students, families, providers, and legislators regarding the family experience when mental illness hits. She also provides other motivational keynotes, and writes an award-winning blog (Silver Web Health Award) on Mental Health and Family:, Mental Illness in the Family.

She blogs about Voice-Over Stuff when the mood strikes, at Life on the Voiceover List too – and is working on her next book, Happier Made Simple: Straight Talk for Successful Living

Wally Hauck, Speaker, Author, Past President NSA-CT

Wally Hauck, PhD has a cure for the "deadly disease" known as the typical performance appraisal. Wally holds a doctorate in organizational leadership from Warren National University, a Master of Business Administration in finance from Iona College, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. Wally is a Certified Speaking Professional or CSP. The Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, established in 1980, is the speaking industry's international measure of professional platform skill. CSP is conferred throughout the International Federation for Professional Speakers only on those who have earned it by meeting strict criteria. For 16 years his consulting firm, Optimum Leadership, has consulted with dozens of organizations and coached hundreds of individuals in improving leadership skills, employee engagement, and performance.

Wally's clients include BIC Corporation’s Shaeffer Pen Division, Blockbuster Video, State of Delaware., Goodwill Industries, IBM, Pitney Bowes, Sheraton Hotels, Boys and Girls Village, Independent Living, Balfour, and the State of Connecticut to name just a few.

Wally's book explains a new leadership paradigm that can help organizations to make the shift they need to make to improve employee engagement. Kirkus reviews described “The Art ofLeading: 3 Principles for Predicable Performance Improvement” as an “engaging, accessible book that challenges the standard paradigm of employee evaluation by performance review by suggesting the system in which the employee works, rather than the employee, must change…. A holistic, well-organized and groundbreaking guide for managers in the information age.”

Wally uses Dr. W. Edwards Deming’s Theory of Profound Knowledge to assist leaders to develop remove obstacles in the system that block effective performance. Wally is a professor of Organizational Change and Development at the University of New Haven in Connecticut.

Wally’s new book The Art of Leading: 3 Principles for Predictable Performance Improvement is now available: 

Wally’s Book Unleash Employee Engagement: 7 Initial Conditions for Outstanding Results is now available       

Brian Jud - Author, Publisher, Book Marketer

Brian Jud is an author, book-marketing consultant, seminar leader, television host and president of Book Marketing Works, LLC.

Brian is active in special-sales marketing. He is the author of the Publishers Weekly title, ‘Beyond the Bookstore’ and The Marketing Planning CD-ROM that accompanies it. He is the editor of the Book Marketing Matters newsletter on special sales topics.

Brian is the producer and host of the television series ‘The Book Authority’, and has aired six hundred shows. In addition, he is the author, narrator and producer of the media-training video program ‘You're On The Air’. He also wrote and published its companion guides, It's Show Time and Perpetual Promotion. These books describe techniques for authors to get on and perform on television and radio shows. Brian is the co-host of The Writer's Roundtable radio show on World Talk Radio. He is a frequent media guest and has appeared on the Today Show.

In addition to Beyond the Bookstore, Brian wrote and self-published five books on career-transition that are distributed internationally and the author of the eight print and e-booklets with Proven Tips for Publishing Success.

Brian is a regular speaker on marketing topics at PMA-University, the annual SPAN Conference, and for publishing groups around the country. He has conducted numerous seminars, and is the co-host of the Book Marketing 201™ series of seminars held nationally. He is the founder and president of the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association and also the Executive Director of SPAN – The Small Publishers Association of North America. 

Contact info:,, 860-675-1344

LISA LELAS - Panel Moderator - Speaker / Author / President NSA-CT

LISA LELAS is a well-known Lifestyle Coach, Author, & Speaker on the subject of Organizing Time, Space & Goals. Dubbed "The Bucket List Coach", Lisa will inspire you to follow your dreams by using basic tips from The Law of Attraction and creating an organized life plan. Lisa has been featured several times on The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as The Today Show, NBC network news, Extra, etc. Her regular appearances on talk radio and her weekly newspaper column, "Life Styling" add to her popularity throughout the northeast. Lisa is also the organizing segment reporter for 'Good Morning Connecticut' ABC-TV in CT, the host of "Simply Organized" on Community Cable TV, and a local magazine editor. 

Her first book, "Simple Steps: 10 Weeks to Getting Control of Your Life" (NAL/Penquin Books, NY) reached several bestseller lists and has sold over 100,000 copies, and the Audio-book version was ranked #1 best-selling audio book in the country for self-help genre, summer 2005. Her latest book, “Organizing A to Z: A Children’s Organizing Alphabet” is the country’s first children’s picture book on the subject of organizing.

Lisa's website:, 

Educational Meetings

We hold approximately 4 open networking/educational meetings per year.  These meetings are free for NSA-CT members and guests are welcome to attend for a $35 fee.

Special Meetings

From time-to-time meetings are held for a special purpose.  Examples of past meetings include: Speaker 101, Fireside Chats and webinars.