For your next event, either in person or virtual, don’t just hire any speaker. Hire a speaker who embodies excellence. Hire a CPAE.

The National Speakers Association (NSA) established the Council of Peers Award for excellence (CPAE)® Speaker Hall of Fame to honor professional speakers who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence.

Here are the 2020 inductees.

Mary Kelly has carved out an unforgettable career in leadership. Former chief of police, professor, realtor and HR Director, Mary has spent over 25 years teaching and training military and civilian personnel. Mary is now on a mission to spread her message of success with audiences worldwide, sharing with them the secrets to being a true leader in today’s workplace.



Sam Richter is considered one of the world’s foremost expert on sales intelligence and digital reputation management. Sam teaches how to use tools like Google and social media, combined with the inside-secrets of accessing the Invisible web, to find information and apply it to identify new opportunities, craft an online personal brand, provide relevant and personalized value, and win more business.



Ford Saeks has redefined the formula for business success. His efforts have helped companies generate a total of over a billion dollars in sales worldwide. Ford provides his clients with fresh perspectives and doable tactics to resolve marketing, operations, and growth challenges. His goal is to help others eliminate the things that are preventing them from getting the results they deserve.



Jason Dorsey is President of The Center for Generational Kinetics, the leading Gen Z, Millennials, and generational speaking, research and strategy firm. Jason reveals original data and brand-new solutions that drive sales, marketing and referrals across generations as well as employee recruiting, motivation and retention.