About NSA:

Founded in 1973, the National Speakers Association (NSA) is an international association dedicated to setting the benchmark for platform excellence worldwide. NSA offers workshops, seminars, conventions, support materials, and other learning opportunities. To learn more about our parent organization, click here to view their website.

Founded in 1980, the National Speakers Association - Washington, DC Chapter or NSA-DC is one of the largest of 37 area chapters. We serve more than 150 speakers in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

About NSA-DC:

Mission: NSA-DC is dedicated to advancing the art and value of those who speak professionally. We are a thriving and engaged community where professional speakers gather to grow.

Vision: We will be the leading resource for connecting, educating and promoting professional speakers (trainers, consultants, coaches) in the DC metro area.


  • To help communicators hone their skills
  • To provide a network (community) for speaking professionals
  • To enhance the speaking profession through NSA’s four core areas: eloquence, expertise, enterprise, and ethics 

Why Join NSA-DC:

As a Chapter, we offer incredible value through:

  • Monthly meetings to enhance personal and professional growth
  • Unparalleled networking experiences
  • Business development
  • Content related to marketing, speech writing, humor, technology, social media and more
  • Special events to meet your learning needs
  • Member-sponsored events
  • Sponsorship opportunities
  • Mentoring
  • CSP preparation
  • Specialty programs including a video showcase
  • e-Speakers profile page
  • Facebook page access
  • YouTube access; please subscribe to our channel
  • One-on-one time with our guest speakers
  • Recognition

When:   The 2nd Saturday of each month, except February and July
Registration and networking at 7:30 am and content at 8:30 am

Where: Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD 

What: Nationally renowned speakers share their expertise with action steps

Meeting Fees: Members pay just $45.00 for monthly meetings; early registration is rewarded with a discount!

Guest Policy: Guests are welcome to attend our monthly meetings up to three times at $65.00.

How to Join:

Chapter membership is open to those who qualify for National NSA Membership; our goal is to help you to qualify through conversion from Speakers Academy or coaching with one of our seasoned members.  There are three levels of NSA-DC membership:

Full Membership allows you to experience the full benefits of joining our Chapter. This category is open to those who already quality for Professional membership in our parent organization, NSA National. Full members can apply here. Dues are $110 annually, with a one-time administrative fee of $25. 

Bureau Membership is an option for individuals who supply materials, equipment, or services to professional speakers. This category exposes you to the best speakers in the area. Gain access to the cutting-edge education that our meetings provide or sponsor one of our monthly meetings. 

Speaker Academy  provides aspiring and accomplished speakers direct access to mentors, an accountability manager, resources, and networking opportunities. Each year, Speaker Academy Participants participate in the Speaker Academy Spotlight which allows participants to present to members, guests, and a panel of expert judges and gain invaluable feedback to launch their careers. Speaker Academy Participants also receive free registration to the monthly Chapter meetings. 

For additional information or to apply, click here.

Chapter Leadership:

We are a volunteer organization with a paid administrator. Our board is comprised of leaders from the speaking community; they willingness share their expertise, wisdom and time to grow the membership, our chapter, and our presence.

Click here for a list of our board of directors and leadership.  And you, too, can become involved as a volunteer! We need your talent and we welcome you to our core to build friendships, develop new skills, and network with like-minded professionals from all walks of life.

Ask our Volunteer Coordinator to suggest a committee that meshes with your interests and skills. Joining NSA-DC is the first step in advancing your career. You glean from the experience what you are willing to give. Active participation allows you to get to know top speakers in the area both professionally and personally.