Founding members included; Ron Kaufman, Deborah Torres Patel, Michael Podolinsky, Benjamin Cheng, Robin Speculand, Margaret Loh, Ray Bigger, Ernest Chen, Dave Rogers, Philip Lim, Roger Konopasek, and others.
You can read about our Mission and Focus on our ‘About‘ page, but this does not do justice to the experience you will have at an APSS Convention or by being mentored by Professional Members of the association. Just attending a monthly meet up can be transformational; for example, a complete stranger may offer you support, advice or insight to jump start or develop your speaking business.
This is the Spirit of APSS – to make the speaking pie bigger by making sure speakers are better!
APSS is led by the members for the members. Each year a new Executive Committee (Exco), lead by a President (currently Arishta Khanna) is elected to serve the association. It is a truth that you get from the association in proportion to what you put in, and this is another aspect of the ‘Spirit of APSS’ – service, because service leads to growth.
The APSS Presidents’ Award is chosen and awarded by the Immediate Past President and the current President. It is given to a member who has exceeded all expectations in providing support over a period of time, or has worked tirelessly for APSS and its members over and above all expectations on a specific project or projects.
The APSS Spirit of Service Award is given to a member who has provided significant support or help to APSS and its members during the year, or has done substantial work on an important project during the year. The awardee is chosen by the APSS Executive Committee. More than one award may be issued if warranted.
The Speakers Hall of Fame is designed to find and put the spotlight on people who demonstrate the exemplary. These people have committed within themselves to the everyday disciplines that lead to mastery. They constantly refine and develop their ways to communicate so others may be enriched. They are raised up so that others might see what excellence looks like in action. And they themselves are encouraged to continue to be great role models sources of inspiration, points of reference and diverse images of excellence for us all. They are leading lights in our profession.
All winners are determined by a selection panel of highly regarded peers against a range of criteria, which they are required to rate highly on every criterion.