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Volume 12, Number 5
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Meet NSA’s New CEO
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On November 14, after a nationwide search, the NSA Board voted unanimously to hire Mary Lue Peck as our new CEO. Mary Lue comes to NSA from the Institute
for Supply Management (ISM), where she served as chief content and engagement o;cer.
Linda Keith, CPA, CSP
Laurie Guest, CSP
I sat down with Mary Lue to learn more about her and to find
out what drew her to her new position, which she took over as
of January 2, 2018.
Justin Jones-Fosu, MBA, CSP
Mel DePaoli, MBA
Michael Soon Lee, DBA, CSP
“I was really excited by NSA’s mission and values of mutual
support, shared success, and giving back,” Mary Lue told me.
She’s inspired by how our members help others and the impact
they have on society, and she wanted to be a part of that.
Patricia Iyer, MSN, RN, LNCC
Patt Sch wab, Ph D, CSP
Rita Barreto Craig, SPHR, CSP
Tamara S. Hamilton, MA
During her first 90 days, Mary Lue plans to listen and learn.
Mary Lue Peck
“My first 90 days are all about identifying ways we can add even
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more value to each member’s experience,” she says. She’s already reached out
to chapter leaders and members to hear their ideas on doing just that.
Brian Walter, CSP, CPAE
The NSA Board was looking for a leader who could help expand our membership and reach—and they found her! During Mary Lue’s time at ISM, she did
incredible work with their specialty conferences, publications, online learning,
marketing, CMS, and membership growth. Under her tenure, ISM:
Dan Thurmon, CSP, CPAE
Anna Liotta, MA, CSP
¢ Initiated a program that increased its under- 30 membership by 60 percent,
and grew that cohort’s attendance at ISM’s annual conference by 127 percent.
¢ Recalibrated an online learning platform from exclusively being self-pace/
self-study (which has the highest drop-out and lowest completion rate) to also
incorporating learning styles and micro-learning. That switch increased the
revenue line by 250 percent.
John B. Molidor, PhD, CSP
Immediate Past President
Mary Lue Peck
I’m thrilled to welcome Mary Lue to the NSA family, and I know all our
members will enjoy meeting her at upcoming events throughout 2018.
Cavett Robert, CSP, CPAE
Nido R. Qubein, CSP, CPAE
Founder and Chairman Emeritus
Anna Liotta, MA, CSP
I took his grandmother
shortly before she passed
away. It was her first time
swimming in the ocean.
Remembering her pure joy
playing in the water is what
makes it our special place.
BEHIND THE SEARCH
Learn more about how
we found Mary Lue at
Al Walker, CSP, CPAE
NSA Vice President, 2017–2018
National Speakers Association
1500 S. Priest Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281
tel: 480-968-2552 fax: 480-968-0911
Mary Lue Who?
Three Fun Facts About Our New CEO
Director of Membership Experience & Marketing
480-968-2552 • Rhette@NSAspeaker.org
I grew up in both
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have a quirky sense
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married for 20 years
My downtime series
Hawaii. My husband and
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Life in Pieces and This
Is Us—that show just
sucks me in every
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