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Fabulous Friday Lunch

Fabulous Friday Lunches are part education, part celebration, part motivation,part networking and completely delicious. NSA-IL meets bimonthly at Chicagoland venues. (It’s delicious!) You learn valuable information about professional speaking from outstanding NSA stars. Topics cover platform skills to marketing to technology to keep you up-to-date on industry trends. You also mingle with local experts, which adds up to a thoroughly delightful day.

  • 8:30 a.m. – Registration and networking
  • 9:00 a.m. – Program


March 13, 2015
Secret Strategies for Long-Term Business Success and Still Have a Life!
With Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP

With so much noise about branding, marketing, social media, to niche or not to niche it is tough to determine what is best for your unique enterprise. As a veteran speaker, diversity strategist, consultant and author for over twenty-five years, Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP has more than once mastered the secrets of success. Join her for this upbeat and energizing session to explore what works and what does not to launch, sustain and/or expand your speaking business. Lenora will drive you through the maze, and provide the tools for you to create or expand your own unique path. She will share her journey and answer any questions.

Join us to:

  • - Focus your business strategy
  • - Determine which lane to choose for your success
  • - Explore what is really important in this business and what is not
  • - Examine the benefits of having an accountability partner
  • - Have fun and success in this business and still have a life


As the current president of the Global Speakers Federation, Lenora will also take a few minutes to demystify GSF and help you discover the benefits you already have by being a member of GSF because of NSA’s affiliation to it.



Whether through keynotes, workshops, or organizational consulting, Lenora partners with clients to help them build effective relationships that leverage diversity in order to increase inclusion, employee engagement, customer satisfaction and bottom-line results.

Billings-Harris is a recognized authority. She has been included as one of 100 Global Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion by The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), and was named by Diversity Woman Magazine as one of the twenty top influential diversity leaders in the US. Her award winning diversity leadership research is recognized in academic journals internationally. Lenora was selected to serve as part of the People to People International delegation to Russia and Ukraine two years after the Soviet Union fell, in order to help educators and business leaders prepare their organizations for global competition. Most recently, she keynoted at Inclusion Conferences in Cape Town, South Africa and in Tel Aviv, Israel to share best practices with leaders within business, government, education and NGO communities.

Billings-Harris co-authored TRAILBLAZERS: How Top Business Leaders are Accelerating Results through Inclusion and Diversity, and is the author of The Diversity Advantage: A Guide to Making Diversity Work, 3rd Ed. She is often an expert guest on TV and radio around the globe. She serves on the adjunct faculty of the business schools of Averett University and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She has served on numerous community boards of directors, and served as board president of Win-Win Resolutions, Inc. All of her community service focuses on eradicating bias as well as empowering leaders through understanding the impact of inclusion.

Lenora is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a past president of the National Speakers Association, and is current president of the Global Speakers Federation. She has presented to audiences in over twenty countries on six continents.

Before launching her business in 1986, she held management positions at two Fortune 100 companies, and managed executive development seminars for the Graduate School of Business, University of Michigan.