Special Announcement! The NSA Houston Fall 2020 Speakers Academy Starts 9/22! Click here to learn more!



August 14, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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The United Way
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77007

As a speaker, trainer, or coach, you may have spent years developing your expertise in your discipline. However, have you considered you might better serve your clients or employer by exploring other options for developing talent?

Every organization has a compelling business reason to develop their talent and the process of talent development is all about change. To help make that change, organizations need the help of speakers and trainers to inform and motivate. To sustain that change long term, many invest in coaching to develop their talent—especially those identified as high potentials.

Three organizations – Association for Talent Development (ATD), National Speakers Association (NSA), and International Coaching Federation (ICF), all focused on the development of human talent, have come together to share insights and opinions on the value of training, speaking, and coaching as means to impact those we are privileged to serve.

In this fast-paced and interactive session, you’ll hear from leading experts in each of these disciplines who will share their experiences and explore the intersection of talent development, speaking, coaching, and training. Whether you’re an internal practitioner or run your own business or practice, you’ll walk away with a new perspective on these three disciplines and ideas for using each of them to make the most of your talent development efforts for your company or clients.


Representing the Association for Talent Development (ATD) Houston, Arquella Hargrove (ATD Past President) brings a successful 25-year track record of creating and implementing productivity-inducing practices through the application of strategic planning and organization development in both the public and private sector. She has supported both established organizations and entrepreneurial ventures advising them through their stages of creation, growth, and stabilization. She helps organizations and business leaders build stronger, more effective teams and companies. Valued for providing her clients with a set of principles on workforce development, diversity & inclusion strategies, EEO and company-wide codes of ethics and policies to build their capacity. Arquella is a sought-after facilitator, business consultant, speaker, and coach dedicated to the transformative and sustainable results of business leaders. A moderator and frequent panel speaker in the areas of diversity, women in leadership, and social capital, as well as, a contributor to publications such as GirlBoss and Workforce Magazine. She has recently been recognized as a 2018 Top 30 Influential Woman of Houston. Arquella holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Ottawa University and an Executive MBA from Texas Woman’s University. Arquella has multiple certifications in personality behavioral assessments (Birkman, DISC, MBTI, Insights, Personalysis) master coaching, leadership development, conflict resolution, mediation, Unconscious Bias.

Representing the National Speakers Association (NSA), Houston psychologist and executive coach, Dr. Rob Pennington (NSA Past President), is an award winning speaker, trainer and author practicing in Houston since  1980. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Psychology and Computer Science in 1970 and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in 1977. Founding Partner of Resource International, a  management consulting firm specializing in practical tools for improving the performance of leaders and teams, Rob’s 16 module Professional Development Series provides the skills every supervisor needs to produce the best results through a better balance of authority and collaboration. His multi-day programs, Successfully Managing the Stress of Change and Successful Work Relationships have earned the highest trainer evaluations from ExxonMobil every year for 34 years. Dr. Pennington works in-depth with organizations to support managers tasked with leading stressful and rapid change. Coaching executives to integrate effective interpersonal skills into their leadership styles, he has consulted with the U.S. Navy during base closings; supported the Architect of the Capitol to enhance supervisory skills; coordinated NASA's Johnson Space Center assessment of it's workforce's effectiveness in dealing with change; assisted employees of British Petroleum and Amoco in addressing their merging of different corporate cultures and supported Houston Medical Center executives through leadership, team and business consulting. As a volunteer, Rob is a former board member of ICF, two time past president of NSA and currently a Power member of ATD. In 2015, NSA Houston named their Chapter Member of the Year Award after Rob, “The Pennington Award of Excellence for Extraordinary and Selfless Service”.

Representing the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Houston, Barbara Stewart (Current President ICF) is CEO and founder of Accelus, a company specializing in taking businesses from good to growth.

In her work, Barbara specializes in taking businesses from good to growth. Building on what is already good in a business, she guides leaders and team members in unleashing the talents already present. Her experience and know-how come from serving business leaders and owners as a financial and business advisor and growing three businesses from the ground up.

Barbara began her career as a financial planner, working in boutique firms and large corporations in Houston, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. She was also an owner of two investment advisory firms. Her 25 plus years of experience as a financial advisor, small business owner and executive coach provide her with a unique perspective as she helps clients work smarter, accelerate performance and enjoy a higher quality of life.

Barbara earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University. She is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association (NSA). She served as Chair of Community Outreach for the ICF Houston Charter Chapter in 2015 and 2016, President Elect for 2017 and President in 2018. When not working with clients and their teams, Barbara unwinds by training with her horse Usache or fishing the saltwater bays with her husband Ed.

Moderator:  Eddie Turner (has served on the Board of Directors for ICF Houston, currently Vice President for NSA Houston and President of ATD Houston) is a change agent who has worked for several of the world's “most admired companies.” He is passionate about working with leaders to “Accelerate Performance and Drive Impact!”™ through the power of coaching, facilitation and the spoken word.

Eddie is a professional speaker and a national media commentator who holds international certifications as a trainer, coach and facilitator. He is a national and local member of ATD, ICF and NSA. Eddie Turner is an alumnus of Northwestern University where he studied Leadership and Organization Behavior and of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he completed the “Art and Practice of Leadership Development” executive education program.™ 


$25.00 NSA Houston Member

$15.00 NSA Houston Board of Directors Member

$35.00 NSA Houston Guest