Opening Session
Wednesday, July 10 | 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Grab the best seat in the magnificent Grand Ballroom early Wednesday morning as we officially kick off Conference week. During the Opening Session, you will meet the candidates running for NAA office; the top three winners of the 2019 Marketing Competition; and, the recipient of the President’s Award of Distinction. The session rounds out with a captivating and inspiring message presented by the keynote speaker.


Marilyn Sherman
Keynote Speaker

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Is There a Hole In Your Bucket List?
Ah-Ha's and Faux Pas on the Path to Success


Have you ever set a goal that you didn't attain? Is there something that you have tried but never quite crossed it off of your bucket list? Hall of Fame motivational speaker and author Marilyn Sherman will help you identify the common obstacles to success and how to overcome them. She will help you overcome fear and other things that prevent you from having the business and life that you dream of. It's time to cross things off of your bucket list; patch those holes with courage, compassion, and commitment. Get ready to have fewer faux pas and more Ah-Ha's on your path to success!

You’ll walk away knowing how you can have:

  1. INCREASED: Sales, engagement, motivation
  2. DECREASED: Excuses, immobilizing fear
  3. OVERALL: Positive attitude, positive morale

About Marilyn Sherman

Marilyn Sherman is dedicated to training people to let go of obstacles and live and work with courage, commitment, and confidence. For the last 22 years, she has motivated audiences all over the country, and internationally with topics about hope, inspiration, and practical tools to implement immediately. With clients in government, corporations, and hospitality, Marilyn is known for giving people success strategies to overcome obstacles, have a more positive mindset, and reduce conflict in the workplace. Her live presentations and her accompanying motivational books have been described as ‘life-changing’. She is a graduate of Washington State University and is currently an Artist in Residence for High Point University. Her first job in corporate America was with a finance company who saw her management potential early on and put her into a 18-month accelerated management program. She eventually became a training officer for that company writing and delivering their leadership training. Marilyn worked for a seminar company before starting her own speaking and training company. Clients that have been inspired by her keynotes include CocaCola, McDonald’s, the F.D.I.C., the US Post Office, and every kind of association from Candle companies to Bar Association Executives, to SHRM. She is the author of 4 motivational books including her latest on goal-setting released this year called “Is There A Hole In Your Bucket List?”. Marilyn is a Certified Speaking Professional ™, the highest earned designation in the speaking profession with only 12% of speakers worldwide holding this designation. She loves living and working in Las Vegas with her French Husband, Yves. She serves on the board of a non-profit after school program for homeless and under-privileged youth called The Village of Hope and is very involved with Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada.