Opportunities.  As professional speakers we are always looking for opportunities to speak, to learn, to build our business, to make connections.  In my mind, that is the reason that NSA Michigan exists; to serve you and to help you find those opportunities and make the most of them.

This year our board has made a commitment with great enthusiasm to find ways to create more opportunities for you.  President-Elect Mimi Brown has taken the lead on several very exciting initiatives:

  • the return and reboot of The Michigan Speakers Academy (formerly known as Pro Track);
  • the development of a series of Fireside Chats and Speaker Labs.

These are great opportunities to learn and connect with other NSA members and take your business to the next level.

We are actively reaching out to Convention and Visitors Bureaus and Event Planner groups throughout Michigan so that they know about NSA and consider NSA Michigan a primary resource when they need a speaker.  If you are a professional member of NSA, your profile is listed in ESpeakers and can be found on our NSA Michigan Website. We will be promoting this at in-person presentations across the state throughout the year.  Special thanks to Babette Ten Haken and Mimi Brown for their work on this project.

So, what opportunities are you seeking?  Apart from our bi-monthly seminars at GO Where Meetings Matter in Ann Arbor, we hope to see you at a Fireside Chat or perhaps you want to polish your presentation at a Speaker Lab.  NSA Michigan is a place for you to make connections, learn about the speaking profession, build your business, and make life-long friends.  Each member of our board (see emails below) heads up a committee of members who are interested in making NSA Michigan the best organization we can be. If you are interested in “leveling up.” I invite you to reach out and let us know you want to be part of the action.  Just send an email or make a call – we’d love to hear from you.

Speaking of fun, our annual holiday party is coming up and you are invited!  Mimi Brown has graciously offered her home in Farmington Hills on December 8, so save the date and we will send out more details soon.

I hope to see you this fall – we have so many exciting opportunities for you!  I am so grateful for the opportunity given to me to serve this wonderful organization.

All the best,


NSA Michigan Chapter President