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Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP

A chapter member absent but active on our behalf…

Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP usually attends as many NSACarolinas meetings as possible. She has been a strong supporter of our efforts even while holding NSA national board membership and ultimately serving as NSA president in 2006-2007. You may have noticed her absence from our meetings this year, but she has a very good reason. Lenora is now representing the speaking profession globally! She assumed the reigns of president and executive council chair of the Global Speakers Federation last summer at the NSA convention.

Lenora shared the following comments.

It is a privilege and humbling responsibility to stand on the shoulders of the founders of GSF and all the leaders that followed with the responsibility of honoring their legacy while moving their vision forward for this organization.

When we combine all the associations of the Global Speakers Federation and their individual members, every year we are touching the lives of nearly 1 million people around the globe. Some would say that is not much in the grand scheme of things, but as anthropologist Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

The focus of the work of the Global Speakers Federation is to support and advance our member associations, and to strengthen four emerging core values— Communication, Collaboration, Transparency, Continuity.

Communication to the member associations in more and different ways through the Federation Council representatives and association boards of directors.

Collaboration – There is no shortage of ideas— especially among professional speakers— so association representatives will be engaged in gathering and voicing ideas and transforming them into measurable results that benefit professional speaker associations globally.

Transparency- In today’s world of upheavals and unrest transparency has become more important than ever. So as ideas are converted into action. The Federation will openly and clearly share details with each speaker association.

Continuity- It takes time to implement great ideas with deliberate focused efforts. The Federation has a strong leadership team which includes president-elect Jonathan Low of Malaysia, and Vice President Nabil Doss of Canada . We are united to ensure that in the foreseeable future we will continue to strengthen these four core values – Communication, Collaboration, Transparency and Continuity while expanding the success of the member associations.

I am honored to serve. Together we do make a difference.

We are all in this global profession together. Stated another way with the Zulu proverb— I am because we are. We are because I am. UBUNTU!

Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP
2014-2015 President and Executive Council Chair

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