NSA Founded in 1973

Cavett Robert, NSA Founder, was born in Starkville, Mississippi in 1907 on the Mississippi A&M campus where his father was a teacher. He graduated from Ole Miss in 1929 and obtained his law degree from Washington and Lee University.

After practicing law in New York, he moved to Arizona in 1937 and established himself as a successful lawyer and insurance and real estate salesman. He began his career as a platform speaker in his early sixties and in 1972 he won the coveted Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International. In 1973 he founded the National Speakers Association. Currently that organization awards the prestigious “Cavett Award” and statue, annually, as their highest Award.

NSA Connecticut Chapter Founded in 2003

The Connecticut Chapter of the National Speaker’s Association (NSA-CT) was chartered in 2003. Abby Marks Beale, Susan Keane Baker and Marcie Shepard were driving forces behind the chartering. Abby, with Susan and Marcie’s help, had been running an informal speaker’s group in Connecticut for several years before the members of the group voted to become an affiliated chapter of NSA. Abby served as the chapter’s first president.

President’s Council

  • Purpose: To serve the interests of the NSA-CT Chapter Board and its committees as time invested advocates for the continued growth and stability of the chapter.
  • Vision: Promoting a sustainable resource and reference for incoming Presidents and their Board tapping into their knowledge and expertise as former NSA-CT Presidents

Current and Past Presidents NSA-CT

2019/20: Tara Clancy

Breathing Specialist | Speaker | Author Website: https://o2tara.org/


2018/19: Susan O’Malley

Former Emergency Room Doctor | Entrepreneur | Author | Inspiring Leaders and Teams to Greatness Website: http://madisonmedspa.com/dr-susan-speaks/


2017/18: Randye Kaye

Pro Voice Talent | Actor | Author | Keynote Speaker and MC | Helping People Share Positive Energy Website: www.randyekaye.com


2016/17: Jean Stratton

Retired from speaking.


2015/16: Dorothy Martin-Neville

Speaker, Author, Strategic Partner/Coach, Consultant Website: askdrdorothy.com


2014/15: Jon Barb

Helping You and Your Team to DO WHAT WORKS™: Get Unstuck and Move Forward Toward Your Most Important Goals. LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonbarb/


2013/14: Dennis Golden

The Prostate Cancer Coach/Two-Time Cancer Survivor Our Mission: We offer guidance to men and their partners who may be at a loss when faced with challenging decisions that surround the prevention, detection and treatment of prostate diseases. Website: TheProstateCancerCoach.com


2012/13: Lisa Lelas

Organizational Leadership/Time Management/Effective Goal Setting/Productivity Website: lisalelas.com


2011/12: Gilda Bonanno

Communication Skills/Motivation/Management & Leadership Skills/Presentation Skills/Humor Website: gildabonanno.com  


2010/11: Jeffrey Scott

Jeffrey Scott, MBA, author, coach and Hall-of-Fame Consultant, is the expert in growth and profit maximization in the landscape contracting industry. To learn more visit www.GetTheLeadersEdge.com. Website: jeffreyscott.biz 


2009/10: Carol Mon

Corporate Storyteller | LinkedIn Specialist and Trainer | Networking Author | It’s all About the Story LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolmon


2008/09: Wally Hauck

Facilitator/Coach/Speaker/Author Website: wallyhauck.com


2007/08: Jim Snack

Jim Snack is an award winning Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) who specializes in motivation and engagement. Website: jimsnack.com/


2006/07: Kevin Carroll

Keynote Speaker/Corporate Trainer/Executive Coach Website: http://kevincarroll.com/


2005/06: Marcie Shepard

Retired from speaking.


2004/05: Susan Keane Baker

Healthcare speaker specializing in practical ways to enhance patient satisfaction & improve HCAHPS scores Website: susanbaker.com


2003/04- Abby Marks Beale

Speed Reading Expert, Author, Speaker, Classical Homeopath Websites: RevItUpReading.com  HomeopathyHealings.com