Episode 22 • 03/02/2023

John Segota, Executive Director of NAGC on Reversing Membership Decline

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In this episode of Associations Thrive, host Joanna Pineda interviews John Segota, Executive Director of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). John introduces NAGC, talks about his journey to becoming Executive Director of NAGC, and how NAGC membership is increasing after a steady decline in the past few years. John discusses:

  • How he became interested in the nonprofit sector.
  • How he nailed the interview and became Executive Director of NAGC.
  • How NAGC had to provide support to their members really fast during the pandemic.
  • NAGC’s virtual and hybrid conference strategy, including a new virtual event in the Spring.
  • NAGC’s commitment to DEI in the membership and among students in gifted programs.
  • A new virtual National Symposium on Equity for Black and Brown Gifted Students.
  • NAGC’s new LEAP program, a professional development framework for members.
  • The association’s State of the States in Gifted Education report.
  • Ongoing changes to NAGC’s governance.
  • How John is a self-described governance geek.


About John Segota

With over 20 years of experience in non-profit and association leadership, John Segota, MPS, CAE, has dedicated his career to both advancing the needs of educators and learners and strengthening organizations. John previously served as the Associate Executive Director for TESOL International Association, a global professional association representing the field of English language teaching.

About National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

NAGC’s mission is to support those who enhance the growth and development of gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community building, and research. NAGC aims to help parents and families, K-12 education professionals including support service personnel, and members of the research and higher education community who work to help gifted and talented children as they strive to achieve their personal best and contribute to their communities.

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