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April 2008
In This Issue
Coming Attractions
Member News
Message from the President
Mark LeBlanc
Hot New Hi-Tech Marketing
Training Opportunity

Quick Links

April 18
    Mark LeBlanc
    in Richmond
May 18 
    Experts Round
June 20
    Darren LaCroix
    in Richmond
   (back by popular
   demand to judge
   NSA Idol Contest)

Shirley T. Burke -Look for Shirley T. in the Victory Lady television vision commercial

Stephanie Bode -

Stephanie has recently moved to New York. She was diagnosed with breast cancer, but wants you to know she is in good spirits even though she will have to undergo chemotherapy lasting through July.  Pat Raymond says  Stephanie would value your notes of hope,  love, and healing.
You may send them to:
S Bode
P.O. Box 144
Centerport NY 11721
Debbie Bowie-

Debbie recently joined National Speakers Association 


Tom Davidson-

Tom Davidson has become a semi-monthly columnist on Richmond.com.  His section is titled "Leaderslips and Tips," and it will appear in the business section on the first and third Thursday of every month.  Tom's articles critique the good, bad and bungled actions of leaders in the news, often treating them as small case studies to increase awareness and convey tips or improved leadership
Hope Milhalap -
Hope is speaking April 23 in Virginia Beach to the state
convention of IPMA (human resources professionals) and then leaving that night to cross the international date line and catch the Crystal Cruise on April 25 from Singapore to Thailand, India and Dubai. On
board Hope will be doing three or four talks on the cruise (my usual funny stuff, not anything intelligent about those countries!  That's for
the Destination Speakers).

Laura Cardone -
Laura  is hosting two workshops in partnership with The Center for Mindful Studies. Balancing Head & Heart in Business
Eliminate Confusion, Improve Self-confidence, and Attract Success  on  Tuesday, April 29, 2008 6:30 to 9:00 PM, Virginia Beach
Conscious Marketing Workshop: Attracting More of Your Ideal Clients
Marketing that Empowers and Inspires You on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 6:30 to 9:00 PM, Virginia Beach
For more information, see http://profitswithpurpose.com/ev


News from NYNSA


NYNSA will send new members  their user name and password which enables them to enter and edit their profile information on the website.  Please  complete the profiles as well.

We are very excited about this added value for our members. As our automated system continues development and implementation, we're looking forward to streamlining other member services as well. We'll keep you posted as they continue.


Visitors are always welcome

Advance Registration is appreciated

Join us 

April 18, 2008
in Richmond for a great program featuring
Mark LeBlanc



Your Board just made an exciting decision. We will be having a membership drive from April through June, and anyone who joins NSA during that time will have the one-time administration fee of $100 waived, as well as the dues for the rest of the year (through December 31, 2008). There's more: the member who brings in the most new members during that time frame will have the 2009 membership dues waived.

We have exciting programs coming up, including our national President, Mark LeBlanc whose specialty is small business entrepreneurs. Sounds like us! Don't miss it.



April 18, 2008
Meet Mark LeBlanc,
President of National Speakers Association
To register for this program go to www.nsavirginia.org

Find out what you need to know and what you need to do, when it's up to YOU to make it all work.  Join us for this special program with Mark LeBlanc, the President of the National Speakers Association. 


Mark joined NSA in 1983, at the ripe old age of 22, and is now considered a seasoned veteran by many, and one of the few people that NSA professionals and legends turn to, for business advice and counsel.


He runs Small Business Success, and is the Author of the little book, Growing Your Business! and the soon-to-be, released book, Growing Your Business When YOU Are The Business, later this year.


LeBlanc will share keen insights, observations, and sound strategies that will make or break your speaking career.  If you thought you had it all together, and yet your calendar isn't where you want it to be, then this is your don't miss meeting.


You will discover:


1.  how to put more money in your pocket,

2.  how to position yourself for higher fees,

3.  how to create a marketing plan that gets your booked, and

4.  how to set up a system for staying focused on a daily basis.


Mark will share several of his turning points, as well as, some of his painful mistakes.  He is one speaker you can listen to over and over again, and keep learning new things all the time.


He speaks to small business groups, and professional associations of all types, and is attracting the attention of corporate sales groups who want their people to think more like a business owner, than a salesperson.  He is the creator of the Achievers' Circle weekend program, that is highly-regarded as the anti-bootcamp experience. 


For more information on Mark, go to:  www.MarkLeBlanc.com



NSA members may want to know about the new marketing technologies that are integrating the real world with cyberspace, driving changes in consumer expectations and their buying patterns. This creates opportunities for branding and sales where no one has gone before. It crosses all sorts of entertainment, lifestyle and shopping options.

Nationally recognized expert Liz Crawford, Iconoculture Vice President and Consumer Strategist for Consumer Packaged Goods and Retail Brands, will speak to The Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Marketing Association luncheon meeting on Thursday, April 10, 2008. Ms. Crawford will speak about how technology is changing the way consumers shop and the way companies reach and build relationships with them.

Ms. Crawford's presentation will focus on emerging marketing technology that is driving change in consumer expectations and buying patterns. According to Ms. Crawford, "Consumers' lives are now seamlessly integrating the real world with cyberspace.  This creates ubiquitous, interactive touch points, which are opportunities for branding and sales across industries."

Businesses can now connect with their customers in highly creative and rich media environments that are much more interactive, immediate and actionable. Site-to-store services, social networks, virtual and location-based digital touch points and "Fourth Screen" technology are all shaping how we will buy in the future.

Liz will tell you about strategies and techniques to embrace and succeed in these emerging technologies. A nationally recognized expert, Liz has contributed her perspective and analysis to publications like CBSMarketWatch, National Review Online, and Everything Online Business Book. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Emory University's Goizueta Business School and New York University's Stern MBA program. She has an MBA from New York University and a BA in English from Columbia University. Learn more about Ms. Crawford and Iconoculture www.iconoculture.com.

Thursday April 10, 2008
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Town Point Club
World Trade Center
101 W. Main Street Suite 300,  Norfolk, VA  23510

FREE PARKING for attendees in Main Street Parking Garage.

Members:of HRAMS:  $25;  Non Members: $35;  Students: $20;  Day of the event: $40 

REGISTER:www.hrama.org by Monday April 7, 2008

For more information contact Elaine Kennedy of RECHARGE Marketing
717 Independence Blvd. Suite 209-414
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23455



PMO CVC LIG is currently looking for pro bono speakers who have experience or knowledge in the set up and the administration of a Portfolio Management Office (PMO) for our PMO CVC LIG series.  We hold our meetings on the 4th Monday of every month from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield €"
Davis Conference Center, located at 2015 Staples Mill Road, Richmond, VA. If you are interested please contact Sri @ (804) 475-9482 or send an email to
pmocvclig@gmail.com .

PMO CVC Google group currently has an active 90 plus members and the PMO CVC LIG series is a value added service offering of PMI CVC and members do not have to pay anything to attend.

Our Mission - The leading professional community supporting Portfolio Manage ment Offices for business, civic, government and education communities in Central Virginia.

Our Vision - Serve the professional interests of Portfolio Management Office participants and interested parties through experiential knowledge sharing and training.

We thank our Sponsor
The Hampton Roads Business Journal