Advancing the Speaking Profession Since 1973


Dear Speakers:

What a joy it is to be surrounded by so many like-minded professionals in NSA Kentucky who are at all different stages of their speaking careers and who are all helping one another grow.

My Journey into Leadership:
I joined NSA Kentucky as a Candidate Member in 2013, completed the Academy program under the mentorship of Elizabeth Jeffries and Doug Semenick in 2014, earned a Professional Membership in 2015, and was asked to join the Board of Directors in 2016. This year, I am honored to serve as your NSA Kentucky President working to extend the high-quality offerings our chapter has built over many decades of success!

I would not be where I am today without the generous guidance and mentorship of the influencers within our local chapter. Every time I asked to meet with a member one-on-one to learn their secrets to success in this business, they graciously accepted the meeting and gave me insights that would have taken years to learn on my own. I cherish their shared best practices and the continued support each colleague has offered to me throughout this journey. I also look forward to more opportunities to learn as well as ways to share my lessons learned with aspiring speakers in our chapter!

Small, but Mighty!
NSA Kentucky is not a large chapter, but the quality of our membership is superb. The Kentucky chapter is called home by 10+ Certified Speaking Professionals (CSPs), multiple CPAE Hall of Fame recipients, National NSA Past-Presidents, and two Cavett Award recipients – our profession’s most cherished honor, David Yoho and Stephen Tweed. Our chapter is bursting with talent and success!

Membership Resources:
Beyond networking with rock stars at our local chapter meetings offer, this year we’re lining up tremendous expertise from across the country, starting with our incoming NSA President, Brian Walter, who will present “Sticky Content: How to Use Interaction and MiniBrands to Make Your Messaging Massively Memorable.” (Mark your calendar for Sept 18!) This coming fall and next spring, we’ll cover a plethora of strategic and tactical topics that will help you craft your perfect message, enhance your eloquence on the platform, and learn ways to grow your business to create greater profitability.

As a member of NSA, not only can you participate in the chapter’s local networking and educational events, but there are countless ways to learn and grow your business by tapping into our resources across the country as well. Since joining, I’ve become an active participant on several private Facebook groups powered by NSA leaders (Power Women, XY, Healthcare Speakers, etc.), I’ve created a small Mastermind group with incredible speakers from Ohio and Texas, and I’m planning to attend Influence in a few weeks to build more relationships with other chapter leaders!

Here are just a few more of the valuable benefits your membership offers…

1. Networking and mentorship opportunities with leaders of successful speaking businesses

2. Outstanding educational programs delivered by national experts on valuable topics such as building stronger programs, enhancing your platform skills, and business best practices

3. Stay up-to-date with industry trends, technology and techniques proven to provide value

4. Learn ways to generate more income through coaching, consulting, publishing and more

5. Develop life-long friendships and a sense of community with those who experience similar joys and frustrations in this unique business

6. Have a ton of fun, and be prepared to laugh!

Renew Your Membership to Shorten the Learning Curve:
I encourage you to renew your membership with the NSA Kentucky chapter to shorten the learning curve and reach your goals faster! By attending our meetings regularly, building relationships across the organization, implementing the best practices learned from peers and mentors, and committing to your own professional development, success is inevitable!

Renew your commitment to personal and professional success in the speaking profession by renewing your membership in NSA Kentucky today!

Cara Silletto, MBA

NSA KY President 2017-2018

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2017-2018 Board of Directors

Cara Silletto,President
Cathy Fyock, President Elect
Jeff Nally, Vice President

Cathy Fyock, Secretary/Treasurer
Daniel D. Matthews, Immediate Past President

John Wagner
Mark Klein
Stan Craig
Vivian Blade
Tom Hailey
Michael Duke
Doug Semenick

Candidate Representative
Paul Erway

Chapter Member of the Year Award

Chapter Member of the Year Recipients

2009 – Elizabeth Jeffries, CSP, CPAE, Co-Founder

2010 – Gary Montgomery

2011 – Conway Stone

2012 – Stephen Tweed, CSP

2013 – Joe Bonura, CSP

2014 – Stephen Boyd, CSP, PhD

2015 – John Wagner

2016 – Daniel Matthews

2017 – Elizabeth Jeffries, CSP,CPAE, Co-Founder

Code of Professional Ethics

To establish and maintain public confidence in the professionalism, honesty, ability and integrity of the professional speaker is fundamental to the future of the National Speakers Association, its members and the profession of speaking.

To this end, members of the Association have adopted and, as a condition of membership, subscribe to the Code of Professional Ethics. By doing so, the members give notice that they recognize the vital need to preserve and encourage fair and equitable practices among all who are engaged in the profession of speaking.

Members of the National Speakers Association are dedicated individuals sincerely concerned with the interest of all who come in contact with the profession. For this purpose, every NSA member subscribes to this Professional Pledge:


I pledge myself to honesty and integrity; to pursue my profession and education to the end that service to my clients shall always be maintained at the highest possible level.

I pledge myself to seek and maintain an equitable, honorable and cooperative association with fellow members of the Association and with all others who may become a part of my business and professional life.

I pledge myself to comply with the National Speakers Association as set forth in its Bylaws and this Code of Professional Ethics.

Article 1:
The NSA member shall accurately represent qualifications and experience in both oral and written communications.

Article 2:
The NSA member shall act and speak on a high professional level so as to neither offend nor bring discredit to the speaking profession.

Article 3:
The NSA member shall exert diligence to understand the client’s organization, approaches and goals in advance of the presentation.

Article 4:
The NSA member shall avoid using materials, titles and thematic creations originated by others, either orally or in writing.

Article 5:
The NSA member shall share knowledge and experience with others.

Article 6:
The NSA member shall treat other speakers with professional courtesy and dignity.

Article 7:
The NSA member shall limit services to those areas in which the member is qualified to serve, taking into consideration available opportunities for the member to develop new materials or undertake new fields. When unable or unqualified to fulfill requests for presentations, the NSA member shall make every effort to recommend the services of other qualified speakers, agencies or bureaus.

Article 8:
The NSA member shall maintain the trust of clients, and fidelity concerning the business or personal affairs of a client, agents and other speakers who may reveal confidential information.

Article 9:
The NSA member shall protect the public against fraud or unfair practices and shall attempt to eliminate from the speaking profession all practices which bring discredit to the profession.

Article 10:
The NSA member shall not be a party to any agreement to unfairly limit or restrain access to the marketplace by any other speaker, client or the public, based upon economic factors, race, creed, color, sex, age, physical handicap or country of national origin of another speaker.

Article 11:
Violations of the obligations of this Code shall be determined in accordance to the Bylaws, policies and procedures of the National Speakers Association. Disciplinary actions shall be instituted by the National Speakers Association in accordance with Bylaws and Rules and Regulations established by the Association. Any such disciplinary action shall be final and binding upon the NSA member and without recourse to the Association, its officers, members or staff.