The National Society of Leadership and Success
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Letter From the President: 
Dear Society Member,
This Saturday is the 4th of July and while the nation celebrates independence as a whole, I am reminded of its importance on an individual level.
A significant factor in finding personal independence, as well as happiness, is not letting others define you. Often we let others dictate what we do, say, think and feel without even realizing. It is in our nature to seek approval, praise and acceptance. We have all done it—told a parent, sibling, spouse, friend or teacher exactly what they wanted to hear because it was easier and seemed more rewarding at the time. But where do you draw the line? If you consistently live your life for others and don’t define who you are, then you aren’t truly living.
People will always share what they think is best for you and try to keep you at their level, but remember your life and your choices are just that—yours. At the end of the day you are responsible for you. Think of your life as if you were driving a car. There can only be one person in the driver’s seat. Others might be along for the ride and try to give you directions, but ultimately you are the only one who can control the direction the car goes.
As you head into your weekend celebrations, remember what it means to be independent. Think for yourself, let your voice be heard and make a difference, whether it is in your life or in the lives of those around you. Whatever it is that you do, don’t ever let anyone but you define who you are and what you stand for.
I hope you are having a wonderful, safe and relaxing summer.
Best wishes to everyone, 

Charles Knippen
The National Society of Leadership and Success

Success Corner: 

Spring Inductions!

Middle Tennessee State University

On Wednesday, April 29th, the Middle Tennessee State University chapter inducted 110 new members and honored 26 recipients of the National Engaged Leader Award (NELA).

Davenport University

On Sunday, April 19th, the Society chapter at Davenport University inducted 50 members at the school's W.A. Lettinga campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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University of Wisconsin - Platteville

The University of Wisconsin - Platteville’s chapter honored 107 new inductees and awarded two faculty members from the School of Education with the Excellence in Service to Students Award.

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California State University, Northridge

On Saturday, May 9th, the Society chapter at California State University, Northridge hosted over 180 attendees to celebrate the induction of 60 new members.

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Monthly Motivation: 
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

– Steve Jobs

The Danger of Letting Others Define You We're all more complex than anyone's definition of us

For the longest time, I thought I was a depressive. Never mind that, actually, I was probably having more fun – and was less frightened of the world – than almost anyone else I knew. But because I felt intense sadness at times, and thought a lot about deep things, and wrote and talked about those things, including about the dark stuff as well as the light, I never felt like I was "happy" enough. People told me I was depressed. I even pigeonholed myself, to an extent, becoming someone who writes about depression. And yes, I have been depressed, even been on antidepressants twice. But does that define me solely as a person with depression? Or does that make me someone who is sensitive, thinks deeply, seeks help when things get bad, and isn't afraid of talking about the darkness?

I've accepted this definition for almost my whole life. It's taken 40 or so years to realize that this isn't necessarily so.

Read the full story here.

What's Happening: 

Spotlight on Society Staffer: Erin Gabriel

Erin Gabriel joined the National Office team in December 2013 as a Chapter Support Coordinator and is now a Chapter Support Manager. We are proud to introduce you to another Society staffer!
Read more on our blog.
Society Spotlight: Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) recently had an induction ceremony for new members. The event, held Friday, May 1 in CCC&TI’s Caldwell Campus gym, was the culmination of nearly a year of training and attending events for members.

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Society Spotlight: Houston Community College - Southwest Chapter

Society members at Houston Community College – Southwest have experienced a busy past six months. The chapter is getting involved all over campus and in its community, with activities ranging from decorating a Christmas tree to cleaning up trash in a neighboring town. And all the hard work recently culminated in being recognized at a school-wide banquet. Read below for a recap and photos of everything these exceptional leaders have been up to.

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Society Spotlight: The University of Memphis

The University of Memphis’s Society chapter hasn’t been around long—it was founded in Fall 2014—but the group is already getting involved on campus and in the surrounding community.

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How to Choose the Right Job

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Our members are leading and inspiring individuals on their campuses and in their communities across the country every day, and we want to help tell those stories! Articles and other content for upcoming newsletters can be submitted anytime to Please include photos from your event, and let us know what you were doing, who participated and how it impacted your members and community. So many chapters are making a difference every day. Keep up the good work!