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2024 NSA Carolinas Awards Banquet and Program

  • June 14, 2024
  • 5:30 PM
  • June 15, 2024
  • 2:30 PM
  • The Durham Hotel 315 E. Chapel Hill St Durham, NC 27701
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  • (see Sponsorship details inside event description)
  • Guest ticket is valid for Friday only. There are no guest tickets for Saturday.
  • Guest ticket is valid for Friday only. There are no guest tickets for Saturday.
  • (see Sponsorship details inside event description)
  • (see Sponsorship details inside event description)


NSA Carolinas is the premier association for professional speakers throughout the Carolinas! 

Registration is now LIVE for our upcoming June 14 & 15 annual banquet and chapter program!  

You can register for just Friday’s banquet, only Saturday’s program or for BOTH days!  But register quick — we have limited seating capacity and we expect to sell out.

See our event agenda below to get a Southern taste of what to expect during our special 2-day event:

  • Valda Ford presenting a dynamic keynote Friday evening
  • Jim Cathcart, CPAE and Cavett Award winner presenting a 1/2 day program on Saturday!
  • Rooftop reception
  • Various Chapter Awards
  • 2023-24 Board recognition
  • 2024-25 Board installation and special ceremony
  • all meals included
  • networking, small groups and much more!  

Do you have a product or service beneficial for speakers?  If so, we have a few limited sponsor opportunities specifically for our upcoming banquet!  If you are looking for a unique and powerful way to showcase your business, promote your service or just want to support our NSA Carolinas chapter further, become a sponsor of the NSA Carolinas Awards Banquet and Chapter Program.  Click here to download sponsorship options.

The Durham Hotel is hosting our event and is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Durham, NC.  Preferred hotel rates can be reserved at The Durham Hotel until Monday, June 3, 2024.  Rates increase on June 4th.  CLICK HERE to secure your reservation, enter your stay dates between Friday, June 14 – Sunday, June 16, 2024, select your room type and a confirmation will be sent to you upon completion of your reservation, or contact the hotel directly at 919-768-8830 and request a reservation under the NSA Carolinas guestroom block.

What happens during the Friday evening banquet? 
We start off with a Welcome Reception on the Rooftop of The Durham Hotel overlooking downtown Durham.  Following the reception we enjoy a fabulous dinner, hear a fabulous keynote from Valda Ford (past NSA Carolinas President and current NSA Board member), recognize our CSP and CPAE members, honor members with chapter awards, celebrate our outgoing Board of Directors, install our NEW Board of Directors and experience an After Party back on the Rooftop.  Friday evening is a special celebration you do not want to miss!

Click here to hear Valda's special message for our attendees.

Who is our Saturday program keynote speaker? 
We are thrilled to hos
t H
all of Fame Speaker, Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE who is one of the top 5 most award-winning speakers in the world. His Top 1% TEDx video has over 2.6 million views and his 25 books are translated into multiple languages including 3 International bestsellers. He is past National President of the National Speakers Association, received.  NSA's most cherished award (The Cavett Award), and received Toastmasters International's most prestigious award, The Golden Gavel Award.

Who is this event for?  The NSA Carolinas banquet and program is for anyone serious about the business and craft of professional speaking.  Even if you are just exploring the speaking profession, have recently launched into speaking or have seasoned full-time experience like many of us, everyone will find incredible value in both content and community.  What all attendees will have in common is that we want to become better speakers and continually learn and share how to build our speaking businesses! 

Are guests welcome? Yes! You are welcome to bring a +1 to Friday’s event (just get tickets before they sell out!), and you can bring guests to Saturday’s event as well, but note that our members receive a discount. 

Below is an overview of our program agenda:

Friday, June 14

  • 5:30 pm    Reception on the Rooftop!
  • 6:30 pm    Welcome & Opening Remarks  
  • 6:45 pm    Dinner
  • 7:15 pm    Keynote Address by Valda Ford, NSA Board Member / Past President
  • 7:45 pm    NSA Carolinas Year in Review
  • 8:10 pm    Special ‘Storytelling’ Presentation
  • 8:15 pm    Chapter Awards
  • 8:30 pm    New NSA Carolinas Board Installation
  • 8:45 pm    Rooftop After Party

Saturday, June 15

  • 8:00 am    Volunteer Interest Session with NSA Carolinas (Breakfast session)
  • 8:30 am    General Breakfast & Morning Networking
  • 9:00 am    Remarks from new NSA Carolinas President, Larry Long Jr.
  • 9:20 am    Keynote address from Jim Cathcart, CSP/CPAE "How to Become a Leading Authority in the Speaking Profession!”
  • 10:15 am  Break
  • 10:30 pm  Jim Cathcart Part II
  • 11:45 am  Break /  Lunch 
  • 12:30 pm  Special ‘Legends’ Panel with CSP and CPAE members
  • 1:15 pm    NSA Carolinas 'Success Stories' & TEDx speaker panel 
  • 1:45 pm    Announcements & Close
  • 2:30 pm    Social @ The Oak winery and brewery

Sponsorship Opportunities
Do you have a service or product that would be beneficial for speakers, coaches and consultants to know about?  If so, consider sponsorship for our annual banquet event and program!  We offer 3 different sponsorship tiers and you can explore those offerings by clicking here! 

For information on customizing a conference sponsorship, please reach out to Mike Mooney, Past President of NSA Carolinas at

Are Meals Provided?  Absolutely, all meals will be covered in your registration.  This includes Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and Saturday lunch. You’ll experience a wide selection of cuisine representing Durham and the Carolinas!  Upon registration you’ll be able to select meal options for Friday.  Saturday breakfast will provide a wide buffet assortment and Saturday lunch will be a gourmet salad bar option!

Registration Options

  • Friday & Saturday FULL event (Member) 
  • Friday & Saturday FULL event (Non-Member) 
  • Friday Only (Member) 
  • Friday Only (Non-Member)
  • Friday Only (Guest Ticket)
  • Saturday Only (Member) 
  • Saturday Only (Non-Member)

NSA Carolinas aligns with the National Speakers Association policies for Code of Ethics, Civility and Professional Conduct.  By registering for any of our events you are also agreeing to adhere to these national standards to uphold the highest standards of professionalism! 

If you have questions or any special needs or accommodations that we can support you with, please let us know!  We look forward to seeing everyone on June 14 and 15th!




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