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   CPAE Award and induction into the SPEAKER HALL OF FAME

I am thrilled to share with you - my friends, colleagues, clients, youth and adult supporters - that on Thursday evening, July 12th, I was recognized by the National Speakers Association (NSA) with the CPAE Award and induction into the SPEAKER HALL OF FAME for 2007!

Each year a maximum of 5 NSA members receive this prestigious award. In addition to myself, the 2007 class of recipients included Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul series origniator), Roxanne Emmerich, Bob Danzig, and David McNally. John Hammond received an honorary award. Also pictured is Mark Sanborn receiving the esteemed Cavett Award.

I thank every one of you who has shared your appreciation, encouragement and prayers with me following a LEGACY OF HOPE performance. Opening your hearts and allowing me, Julio, my other characters and my personal life story to touch you is a privilege beyond description.

To have my professional organization acknowledge the value of meeting people on a completely open and emotionally honest level is a joy. To have NSA acknowledge the value of speaking to the emotional needs of today's teens and families, as well as recognizing the vulnerability of our youth is a great reward, indeed.


It is my great privilege and honor to share about this career achievement with you. From the NSA website:


                                  ABOUT THE CPAE Award

In Feb.1977, the National Speakers Association (NSA) established the Council of Peers Award for Excellence Speaker Hall of Fame to honor professional speakers who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence.

Admission into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame is a lifetime award for speaking excellence and professionalism. Inductees are evaluated by their peers through a rigorous and demanding process. Each candidate must excel in seven categories: material, style, experience, delivery, image, professionalism and communication. The award is not based on celebrity status, number of speeches, amount of income or volunteer involvement in NSA.
To date, 178 men and women have been inducted into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame. Up to five new inductees are named each year at a gala celebration held in conjunction with the NSA National Convention. There are currently 121 living members of the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame. Additionally, NSA conferred an honorary CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame award on General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) in 1999.

          Learn more about the National Speakers Association      


                    ABOUT THE CSP Designation

The CSP is the speaking professionís international measure of speaking experience and skill. Established in 1980, fewer than 10 percent of the speakers who belong to the International Federation for Professional Speakers (IFFPS) hold this prestigious earned designation.

The CSP designation is conferred by the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the IFFPS only on accomplished professional speakers who have earned it by meeting strict criteria. CSPs must document a proven track record of continuing speaking experience and expertise as well as a commitment to ongoing education, outstanding client service and ethical behavior.

Susie earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation in 1999.

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