Influence can be overwhelming.

Even for experienced NSA Members.

Enter the Ambassador Program!

The Ambassador Program is designed to help first-time attendees ("First-Timers") get the most value out of their first NSA Convention by pairing them up with an experienced NSA Member ("Ambassador"). Typically, that Member is also an experienced speaker, trainer, coach, consultant or author. Or all of the above! Keep scrolling for more details!

If you are already signed up as an Ambassador or First-Timer for Influence 2024, mark your calendar and join us on Monday, July 29 @ 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT for our Ambassador Program Orientation! We will walk you through all things Influence and what to expect leading up to and on-site at Influence 2024. We hope you can join us!

Register to Join Us!

As a First-Timer, you may be wondering:

  • How does it all work?
  • What are my goals?
  • Where do I begin?
  • What sessions should I attend?
  • Who should I meet with?
  • What questions should I be asking?
  • What is the best use of my time?
  • How should I process information and implement next steps?
  • How can I feel less overwhelmed?
  • What else should I know?

Have no fear – the Ambassador Program is here!

As a First-Timer, you can sign up to have your very own Ambassador to help guide you through the Convention process while answering these and any other questions you may have along the way.

How cool is that?

You may even walk away with a friend and someone you’ll look forward to seeing every year at Influence.

Sign Up As a First-Timer!

Ambassadors! We need you!

Are you an experienced Member of NSA or even a CSP or CPAE? Click below to sign up as an Influence Ambassador!

About Being an Ambassador:

  • You will be paired with one or two First-Timers and will be connected via email, or through a virtual or live meeting.
  • This will be an extremely valuable experience for both the “First-Timer” and the “Ambassador” to learn and grow together.  Who knows, you might make a new best friend in the process!
  • Where possible, Ambassadors are paired with consideration to common area of expertise, geography, etc.

You have questions.
We have answers.

Email Corey PerlmanMichael Goldberg, or Patrick Donadio with questions related to the Ambassador Program!


“Back in 2012, I went to my first NSA convention and didn’t know a soul. Thanks to the Program, that changed the moment I entered the hotel lobby. My buddy, David Newman, made it his mission to ensure I felt welcomed and part of the NSA tribe. A decade later, I’m attending my 10th NSA convention and David continues to be one of my best friends.”

- Corey Perlman

“I attended my first Influence in 2022 after having just joined NSA a couple of months earlier. Being new to NSA and the speaking industry, I was blessed to be paired with my Ambassador (then referred to as buddy), Patrick Donadio. Thanks to Patrick, my experience at Influence was worth every penny, and beyond! The Ambassador program is a great way for new members/attendees to get the most out of their experience.” 

- Charles Heasley, J&C Leadership Consulting

“You did an amazing job pairing my Ambassador and me together. It was a great match. We connected and flowed really well. Thank you for your work and intentionality with the Ambassador program. It was a hit in my book!”

- Dr. Leatrice R. Brooks, LP, Psychologist / Speaker / Executive Coach

“Over the years, I've gained so much knowledge and support from the NSA community. The Ambassador Program gave me a fantastic opportunity to pay it forward and help a first-time member navigate the organization.


The program connected me with two fantastic first-timers (see photo). The experience was more than just giving back. I truly enjoyed getting to know them and even made two new speaking friends!


If you're a seasoned NSA member who feels grateful for the organization, this program is for you! You'll get to share your knowledge and connect with inspiring new members. It's a fantastic way to pay forward the support you've received and help shape the next generation of NSA speakers.


I highly recommend the Ambassador Program to any experienced NSA member. Sign up to be an NSA Influence Ambassador today!”


- Patrick Donadio, CSP