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In the world of keynote speaking, IASB stands as a unifying force since 1986, connecting speakers, agencies, and management companies.


In the dynamic world of professional speaking, keynote speakers hold the power to inspire, educate, and captivate audiences. Behind the scenes, the International Association of Speakers Bureaus (IASB) has been a driving force, uniting speakers, lecture agencies, and speaker management companies worldwide since its establishment in 1986. cmi’s involvement in IASB started 20+ years ago and our CEO and Vice President continue to be an integral part of the organization. 


cmi's Key Contributions:

For seven years, our CEO, Karen Harris, served as a member of the Board of Governors, playing an essential role in steering the organization toward greater heights. Her leadership has been instrumental in fostering excellence within the speakers' bureau industry.

Over the span of more than two decades, Karen and our VP, Rebecca Clark, have been actively engaged in various IASB committees. Their long-standing commitment has added immense value to the industry, contributing insights, experience, and expertise that have helped shape the IASB's mission.


Celebrating Karen's Awards:

Karen's remarkable contributions have not gone unnoticed by the IASB community. She has been honored with two prestigious awards: The Dottie Walters Helping Hands Award and The John Palmer Award.

The Dottie Walters Award symbolizes Karen's spirit of support and camaraderie, while The John Palmer Award recognizes her leadership and efforts to elevate industry standards.


The IASB continues to be a shining beacon for speakers bureaus, lecture agencies, and speaker management companies, thanks to the unwavering commitment of professionals. cmi is honored to be a longstanding part of the organization and we look forward to empowering the industry for many years to come.