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Looking for a speaker for a state or regional conference? It’s time for you to add an expert perspective to your event!

NAGC's current and past board members are available to State Affiliates and other conference planners to speak on numerous topics at a significant discount off their regular honorarium fee. These leaders are popular conference speakers, and they have joined forces to support gifted education and NAGC yet again! Whether your conference attendees need to hear about effective classroom strategies, the latest teaching tools, identifying and serving special populations, addressing social and emotional needs, or an update on the latest research on gifted education, NAGC can connect you with quality professional development and content knowledge that best meets your needs.  

Interested? Here is how ESP works:

  • Contact NAGC as early as possible to secure an ESP speaker for your conference. A list of speakers and topics is listed below.
  • Choose from among current and past NAGC board members who have agreed to offer at least one ESP booking per year. 
  • Support - The State Affiliate (or conference organizer) does not pay an honorarium to the speaker and instead agrees to donate $1,000 to NAGC. Speaker travel expenses (flight and hotel accommodations) are paid by the booking entity. Any other workshops given by the speaker while at the conference would be negotiated between the conference organizers and the speaker. 

If you need assistance, please contact Robin Feldman at NAGC at or 202-785-4268.

(click on speaker's name for bio and topics)

Katie Augustyn - Westport, Connecticut
Connecticut Association for the Gifted
Chrystyna Mursky - Madison, WI
Wisconson Department of Public Instruction
Susan Baum - Storrs, Connecticut
International Center for Talent Development 
F. Richard Olenchak - Houston, Texas
University of Houston
Bonnie Cramond - Athens, Georgia
University of Georgia
Paula Olszewski-Kubilius - Evanston, Illinois
Northwestern University
Tracy Cross - Williamsburg, Virginia
College of William and Mary
Jean Peterson - West Lafayette, Indiana
Purdue University
Joy Davis -  Lafayette, Louisiana
University of Louisiana, Lafayette
Diana Reeves - East Providence, Rhode Island
Gordon School 
Felicia Dixon - Selma, Indiana
Ball State University
Sally Reis - Storrs, Connecticut
University of Connecticut
Donna Ford - Nashville, Tennessee
Vanderbilt University
Sylvia Rimm - Sheffield Lake, Ohio
Family Achievement Clinic
Marcia Gentry - West Lafayette, Indiana
Purdue University 
Julia Link Roberts - Bowling Green, Kentucky
Western Kentucky University
Thomas P. Hébert - Columbia, South Carolina
University of South Carolina
Ann Robinson - Little Rock, Arkansas
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Brian Housand - Greenville, NC
East Carolina University

Karen B. Rogers - Minneapolis, Minnesota 
University of St. Thomas
Frances Karnes - Hattiesburg, Mississippi
University of Southern Mississippi
Bob Seney - Mancos, Colorado
Mississippi University for Women
Lauri Kirsch - Tampa, Florida
Hillsborough County Public Schools
Cindy Sheets - Lee's Summit, Missouri
Shawnee Mission School District (Kansas)
Sally Krisel - Athens, Georgia
Hall County Public Schools
Del Siegle - Storrs, Connecticut
University of Connecticut
Jann Leppien - Spokane, Washington
Whitworth University

Mary Slade - Richmond, Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University