Are you ready to take the next step in becoming a professional speaker? Want to move closer to becoming a member of the prestigious National Speakers Association? NSA-CT is proud to provide national’s exclusive Speaker Academy Training right here in Connecticut! Get ready to cultivate strong speaking skills, build a profitable speaking business and work toward obtaining your NSA membership eligibility.

All class modules are facilitated by veteran speakers, many of whom are past presidents of NSA-CT. For specific questions or inquiries, please contact Academy Dean, Lisa Lelas: (203) 641-4405 or email:

The Academy sessions for Class of 2024 will meet on SATURDAYS, once a month, at The Mercy By the Sea Conference Center, 167 Neck Road, Madison, CT beginning in February 2024. The session dates will be announced soon, 

Each session runs 9 AM – 3 PM, with complete lunch included.

The Academy will conclude with the annual NSA-CT SASS TALK presentations (Speaker Academy Student Showcase) at the year-end chapter meeting at the Elm Club in New Haven on the evening of Wednesday, June 12. 

NOTE: Tuition includes 16 month professional membership to NSA-CT at discounted attendance rate of $40 per chapter in-person meeting to include a seated dinner. Your Academy membership will be extended until June 2025. Yes, you read it right, 16 months starting February 1st, 2024 through June 2025! A HUGE savings!  

Standard Tuition: $1,500. Early Bird rates TBA – watch this space!

Classes will be one Saturday a month, February through May. 

June 12th, 2025 will be our final NSA-CT Chapter Meeting of the year.