The NSA understands that stuttering is as individual as each person who stutters, and we want to include all perspectives.  We invite you to come to the table, join the discussion, and share your voice and your views.

Our Annual Conference is the preeminent event for connecting with others who stutter from around the world, discovering new research from top-tier professionals in the field, and understanding stuttering as a global issue.  We invite you to submit your workshop, keeping in mind that we are seeking out fresh and innovative ideas and topics, so don’t be afraid to push the envelope. Join us at the table; we want to hear what you have to say.

We are pleased to release our Day at a Glance schedule of workshops!  Take a look at the calendar to plan your days and to get a taste of what’s to come in Chicago.  Please note that this is a preliminary schedule, and rooms and times may change.  A final copy of the Day at a Glance will be in your packet at registration.

Keynote Speakers

Terry Finley – ‘Always Dreaming’

Terry Finley is the Founder and CEO of West Point Thoroughbreds, the largest Thoroughbred horse racing partnership company in the world. He’s grown the company from one investor and one claiming horse in 1991 to over 500 investors and more than 80 horses today which compete at the highest levels of the sport. West Point is a minority owner of 2017 Kentucky Derby Winner Always Dreaming and also campaigned 2014 Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve.

More about Terry Finley

Finley serves on the boards of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, the Catholic Leadership Institute, and the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund which provides scholarships to children of our nation’s fallen military members.

Finley graduated from West Point with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and earned an M.S. in Business Administration from Boston University and completed the OPM Executive course at Harvard Business School. He also served as an Artillery officer in the Army for eight years, including one 3-year tour of duty in the 3rd Infantry Division in Schweinfurt, Germany.  Finley graduated from Airborne and Ranger School in 1987, and left the Army in 1994 with the rank of Captain.

Finley resides in Saratoga Springs, New York with his wife of 31 years and business partner, Debbie. His daughter Erin, is an accomplished equestrian rider and West Point’s Racing Manager. His son Ryan, a 2013 Notre Dame graduate, was a first team All-American soccer player for the Irish and the ninth pick overall in the 2013 Major League Soccer draft. In 2017 Ryan finished up five years of playing professional soccer, and began a career on Wall Street.

Annie Bradberry – ‘Getting Out of Your Own Way’

Many of you know Annie Bradberry but do you know her story?

Involved in the stuttering community for over 38 years, she will share her journey and experience taking us on a passage that will have you looking at your stuttering from a perspective that includes responsibility and self-discovery.

More about Annie Bradberry

Annie presents a compelling and thoughtful keynote on how to navigate life as a person who stutters. It is her hope that you will leave with a deeper appreciation that your own individual story leads to a path of clear understanding of when we get out of the way, the focus shifts from what we can’t do to realizing what we have done and what is obtainable. No longer doubting, we realize what we need is already inside of us.

And did you know she believes in mermaids, has an unmanageable love for shoes, chocolate, and Prosecco. and has traveled to 5 international conferences with her next being in Hiroshima Japan presenting with NSA member and SLP Mitch Trichon on Nurturing Partnerships and Cooperation in Our Stuttering/Cluttering World.


All Conference presenters are required to:

(a) Register for and attend the conference, and
(b) Complete the Workshop Submission Form (below) before the deadline date.

The workshop submission deadline is March 1, 2019. You will be notified by April 1, 2019, if your workshop has been accepted. All workshop schedules are subject to change. If any changes are made to the workshop program, you will be notified as soon as possible.

Please note that computers/laptops and speakers will NOT be supplied; presenters will need to bring their own equipment. All microphones will be standard issue podium microphone.  Those needing to connect a laptop should be prepared to connect via HDMI or VGA.

Format of Presentations

Workshop presentations will be given one hour and fifteen minutes per session with some exceptions of two-hour sessions.

Workshop leaders need to provide background on the topic, present an interactive workshop that engages with attendees, facilitate the session, close and conclude the workshop.

Panel Discussions will provide an opportunity for three or more presenters to speak in an open and conversational setting with conference attendees. Submissions for these should include the name, affiliation, and email address of each panelist in addition to a description of the presentation and the title page.

Selection Criteria/Guidelines

Our Workshop Committee will conduct a peer review of the content of each proposal for relevance to the conference theme, clarity, originality, timeliness, innovation, and compatibility with the mission of the National Stuttering Association.

We are seeking workshops that will cover a wide variety of topics related to stuttering including (but not limited to): motivation, attitudes, self-confidence, support, socializing, stuttering treatment and research, inclusivity, and workplace and disability issues. We are also looking to offer workshops on career strategies, as well as sessions directed towards young adults, children and teens, parents, and family members.

Our Workshop Application Process will open in early 2019.

Check back then to complete your application.