Every year NSA Georgia recognizes individuals who represent two values we passionately stand for: service to one another and growing our individual speaking businesses. To win one of these achievements is truly an honor in the midst of such incredible talent and selfless support.

Kay Herman Legacy Award

Though Kay Herman was not a paid speaker, she was considered by many to be the force behind the beginning of what was then called the Georgia Speakers Association (GSA). At National Speakers Association’s specific request, Kay was one of GSA’s founders in 1980. She was the third president of GSA and remained on the board for several years. Kay was instrumental in creating the Professional Speakers Benefit Fund, which provides financial assistance to NSA members in need. One of her last wishes before she died in 1999 was to send the fund another check.

A member of NSA for many years, she was the wife of a CPAE—Fred Herman—and the mother of a CSP—Kay duPont, who began the initiative to honor the woman behind the founding of what we now know as NSA Georgia.

A mentor to new speakers, Kay never said “no” to a would-be speaker seeking advice or to a once-active speaker seeking motivation. It is said she even fed more than a few fledgling speakers in her time. Kay left a legacy to all in the speaking business, but especially those of us in NSA Georgia.

The Kay Herman Legacy Award Recipients


Tricia Molloy

Jeff Justice
David Greenberg
Dr. David Ryback
June Cline, CSP
Rob "Waldo" Waldman, CSP, CPAE
Jim Dawson
John Schwartz
Dan Thurmon, CSP, CPAE
Shirley Garrett, CSP
Jean Houston Shore, CSP
Steve Cohn, CSP
Austin McGonigle
Gene Griessman, Ph.D.
Terry Brock, MBA, CSP, CPAE
Ken Futch, CSP, CPAE
Mike Stewart
Dick Biggs
Kay duPont, CSP


Rising Star Award

NSA Georgia is dedicated to helping speakers at every stage of their career to grow a thriving speaking business. Many of our community are taking powerfully decisive action in their businesses every day. As part of our mission, NSA Georgia Chapter is proud to recognize both their actions and their success as a source of inspiration to our entire community.

More than just a feel-good award, this honor comes with the privilege of including this award in future email signatures, as well as website and social media channels as social proof of their value as a speaker, resulting directly from theirr commitment and intentionality.

To qualify for this award, nominees must show noteworthy improvement in three categories: marketing efforts, % of booking increased, and profit growth.

Certified Professional Speaker (CSP) Designation

By earning your CSP designation, you can prove to meeting professionals that you are among the top echelon of professional speakers who have earned this international designation that only about 17 percent of NSA members worldwide have earned.

With this designation, meeting professionals looking to work with the best speakers will see your commitment to the profession and know you have top-notch speaking ability with a track record of professionalism and success.

Become a member of the CSP Class of 2020.