2023 Annual Conference

September 27-30 | Tucson, AZ

Launching Future Leaders

Tucson is well-known for its desert landscapes, including the iconic Saguaro cactus, as well as its vibrant Mexican-American culture and delicious cuisine. Tucson is home to the University of Arizona’s Mt. Lemmon Sky Center, one of the largest astronomical observatories in the southwest. Biosphere 2, also managed by the university, is the world’s largest self-contained ecosystem with biomes from desert to ocean and everything in between – all in one place!
Learn more about Tucson by exploring the visitor’s guide here!


We’re excited to announce the 2023 NMA Annual Conference will not only take place in Tucson, AZ, but at the beautiful Westin LaPaloma Resort in the Heart of the Sonoran Desert.

You can reserve your spot at the Westin at the link below!


Early Bird Registration (through 8/15/23): $970
Full Conference Registration (After 08/15): $995

Lifetime Director – $199

Registration includes 5 meals

Chapter Rewards can be used to discount registration 10%.

Guest meal tickets available during registration

Cancellations will be refunded at 75% prior to August 27. No refunds will be granted after this date.

Optional Events

(All activities include transportation, state tax, and gratuity)

– Horse back trail ride – 3.5 hour guided trail ride through Sonoran Desert: $175

– 4-Wheeling Jeep adventure – 3.5 hour open air jeep experience: $165

– Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum – most distinctive zoo in America 4 hours: $109

– Pima Air & Space Museum and Aircraft Bone Yard 3 hours: $109

– Sabino Canyon Tram Ride – 4 hour open air motorized tram ride: $89

Click here for detailed descriptions of above excursions

Shorey Silent Auction

The Shorey Silent Auction is held in conjunction with the Annual Conference and is designed to raise funds for the NMA Leadership Speech Contest. This will be the 35th year for Speech Contest and the 22nd year for the Auction. Since its inception, the NMA Leadership Speech Contest has awarded over $500,000 in scholarship funds!

You can support the Silent Auction and Speech contest in two ways. First, donate an item to be auctioned off during the auction. Items can shipped directly to the Westin La Paloma. Please allow 5-7 days of shipping time.

NMA Annual Conference
Attn: Sunsations Room
C/O Westin La Paloma
3800 E. Sunrise Drive
Tucson, AZ 85718

The Second way you can support the Silent Auction and Speech Contest is to bid early and bid often! The Silent Auction will be in the Sunsations room, directly across from the Sonoran Ballroom. Final bids are due by 12 noon on Saturday, September 30!

Conference Charity

Every year the NMA Annual Conference strives to leave a positive footprint in the community that hosts the conference by donating to a local charity. For 2023, NMA has chosen Make Way for Books, a Southern Arizona that provides books to build a literacy-rich environment. You can learn more about this charity on their website.

Please consider bringing a donation to the conference. A presentation will be made to a representative of Make Way for Books on Saturday immediately following the Speech Contest.

In addition to a cash donation, please bring a new or gently used book for children/teens to the conference. A dropbox will be located in the registration area and will go directly into the hands of those that Make Way for Books serve.


(Tentative 8/11/2023)


Wednesday, September 27

5:00 PMWelcome Mixer

Thursday, September 28

8:30 AMMember of the Year Breakfast
10:15 AMKeynote Address – Suzy Siegle
12:00 PMMcFeely Award Lunch
2:00 PMWorkshop – Suzy Siegle
3:30 PMArtemis/Orion Presentation

Friday, September 29

8:00 AMHall of Fame Breakfast
9:45 AM

Workshop – George Campbell

Past National Chair Summit

11:15 AMAnnual Meeting/Roundtable/2024 Conference site
12:00 PMRecognition Lunch
2:15 PMWorkshop – Jason Schechterle
3:45 PMWorkshop – Karmyn Norwood

Saturday, September 30

8:30 AMWorkshop – Harvey Alston
10:00 AMNMA Leadership Speech Contest
11:30 AMSpeech Contest Announcement/Charity Presentation
12:15 PMOptional activities/Free time
6:30 PMExecutive of the Year Reception
7:30 PMExecutive of the Year Banquet

Sunday, October 1

8:00 AMLockheed Martin Aero Synergy Meeting

Featured Speakers

Suzy Siegle

Chief Energy Officer – the #newCEO

Thursday, September 28 | 10:15am/2:00pm

George Campbell

The Consistency Chain

Friday, September 29 | 9:45am

Jason Schechterle

Burning Shield

Friday, September 29 | 2:15pm


Harvey Alston

Be the Best

Saturday, September 30 | 8:30am

Jack Canfield

2023 McFeely Award Recipient

Thursday, September 28 | 12:15pm

Karmyn Norwood

Authenticity: Your Secret Sauce

Friday, September 29 | 3:45pm

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