NSA was incorporated in July 1973 by a small group of entrepreneurial speakers who wanted to create a forum for sharing ideas on how to succeed in the speaking business. As membership grew from 80 members in 1973 to 1,620 members in 1980, the NSA Board of Directors adopted new bylaws enabling the Association to charter local and/or regional chapters of NSA.
NSA's first 10 chapters were officially chartered at the 1981 Convention: The Arizona Speakers Association; the Florida Speakers Association; the Georgia Speakers Association; the Greater Los Angeles Chapter; the National Capital Speakers Association; the North Texas Speakers Association; NSA of Indiana; NSA of Northern California; Ohio Speakers Forum; and Wisconsin Professional Speakers Association.
Today, NSA boasts 40 chapters. "The formation and growth of the NSA chapters have had substantial impact on NSA," says NSA Executive Vice President Stacy Tetschner, CAE.
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