The National Society of Leadership and Success
Building leaders who make a better world
In this Issue: 

Letter From the President: 
Dear Society Member,
Many of you may think that August represents your last chance to enjoy summer before heading back to school in the fall. But I would like to share that August is also Happiness Happens Month­. This is a time dedicated to the expression of happiness, from the big moments like graduation or your first job, to the small instances, such as getting the last slice of pizza or watching your favorite TV show. This month, I encourage everyone to focus on doing things that make you, and those around you, happy.  The important thing to remember is that when it comes to your own happiness, the only person who can truly make you happy is you. Often the actions of those around us, regardless of whether they are positive or negative, weigh heavily and dictate our state of mind. What you must understand, though, is that you are the only person you can fully count on to make you happy. The only person you should be trying to be better than today is the person you were yesterday.
Achieving happiness and getting what you want out of life won’t come from other people or things. The moment you recognize that to be true, you will have a head start on many of the people you encounter on a daily basis.
The message I want to leave you with this month is that you control your own destiny and your own level of happiness. Happiness comes from your own actions and starts in your mind. Don’t give in to self-limiting thoughts or listen to the negativity of others. You are in control.
I hope you have enjoyed your summer thus far, and I wish you happiness in the month of August.
Best wishes to everyone, 

Charles Knippen
The National Society of Leadership and Success

Success Corner: 

Alyssa Phillips

Valley City State University
Psychology Student, Society Member, Thriving
Alyssa Phillips is a member of the Valley City State University Society chapter. A few short months ago, she was inspired by Arianna Huffington's Speaker Broadcast presentation and decided to share her story. On July 15th her story, Learning to Thrive, was published in The Huffington Post. Congratulations Alyssa!
Learning to Thrive
My name is Alyssa Phillips. That in itself for the longest time was insignificant. I was just surviving, just barely getting by, and each day it seemed to be harder and harder to just get by. I had big thoughts but I could never really get to them because of the task of living day to day. I joined The National Society of Leadership and Success because I had big thoughts and I figured why not. It was just another thing that filled my day. The speakers had good messages but not a single one spoke to me until Arianna Huffington started to speak about "Thrive."
Read full story here.

Spring Inductions!

Texas A&M University-Commerce

On Friday, May 8th, the Texas A&M University-Commerce chapter inducted 189 new members and hosted 600 guests at its 2015 Spring Induction Ceremony.
See more images from this event on our Flickr.

Metropolitan State University of Denver

On Thursday, May 7th, the Society chapter at Metropolitan State University of Denver honored and inducted 142 students at its first-ever induction ceremony at the Tivoli Student Union on the Auraria Campus.
See more images from this event on our Flickr.

Community Service!
Pima Medical Institute

On Friday, June 19th, the Pima Medical Institute chapter participated in Project Heart Start, an annual state-wide event sponsored by the New Mexico Heart Institute. Society members assisted in the set-up of equipment and performed as CPR facilitators and volunteers. 

Regional Leadership Retreats!

Clayton State University

On Saturday, June 6th, 65 Chapter Leaders from 30 chapters across the southeast region came together in Morrow, Ga., for an unforgettable day of networking, team building and professional development. Special guest Gary Tuerack, founder of The National Society of Leadership and Success, was also in attendance. He inspired the crowd with words of encouragement and great advice to put into action upon leaving the retreat. 
See more images from this event on our Flickr.
Read more on our blog.

St. John's University

On Saturday, June 13th, the St. John’s University chapter hosted one of the 2015 Regional Leadership Retreats. There were 72 chapter leaders in attendance, representing 28 chapters from the Northeast region.  
See more images from this event on our Flickr.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

On Saturday, June 20th, Texas A&M University-Commerce's chapter welcomed 65 representatives from 26 chapters for the South Region RLR.
See more images from this event on our Flickr.


We are excited to share with our members a special opportunity:
Prose., co-founded by Society member Henry Augustine, is a reading and writing community that provides an innovative social platform for creating and consuming literature. It's a world of words where your work remains your own. Publish your words in an instant, customize your feed and read from over 15 genres, filter by author and hashtags, stretch your imagination and inspire others with creative challenges. Writers own 100% copyright for all original content. Why write? Because Prose.

Prose. and Unite4Good present the write4good scholarship challenge.
Prose. has teamed up with Unite4Good to deliver a unique opportunity for writers. They are challenging the students, activists and thinkers among you to write for good. Participants in this challenge are in the running for $6,000 in scholarship and charity funding. A panel of judges from esteemed literary backgrounds will select entries based on quality of content, authenticity, and creative edge. The contest ends August 28th.
For more info on this opportunity click here.
Monthly Motivation: 
“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing
and appreciating what we do have.”
– Frederick Keonig
What's Happening: 

Spotlight on a Society Staffer: Zach Levin

Zach Levin joined the National Office team in February, 2015 as a Chapter Support Manager (CSM). We are proud to introduce you to another Society staffer!
How would you describe your experience at the National Office, and what is your favorite part of working here?
From my first day at the National Office, it was clear that I wasn’t joining a group of co-workers, but rather was becoming part of a family. I have the privilege to wake up every morning knowing that I’m going to work in an environment that is fun, supportive, and rewarding. If the National Office was a person, I’d totally ask it out on a date. 
 To continue reading click here.
Guest Post: Learn How to Stay Focused At Work in 8 Convenient Ways
By: Skornia Alison
A specialist in the realm of corporate consulting, Skornia Alison helps emerging managers, leaders and entrepreneurs find a smoother path to strive and thrive in their endeavors.
While there are some days when you feel naturally energetic at the office, there are many others when you don’t even want to look at the pile of work on your desk. As a result, you waste your time and fail to complete tasks and reach your goals. To avoid feeling a lack of concentration or mental focus at work, it is wise to consider some techniques to improve your focus and handle the work efficiently.
Read more on our blog.
UVa-Wise Campus Shoebox Drive
The chapter at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise may be one of the Society’s smaller chapters, with 169 lifetime members, but it’s making a big impact on campus. This past November, the chapter held a Campus Shoebox drive in support of the Operation Christmas Child program by Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization. More than 40 Society members collected a total of 230 boxes, which were shipped all over the world. Each box contained toiletries (such as a washcloth, bar of soap, toothbrush, and toothpaste), school supplies (paper, crayons, pencils, and a pencil sharpener), and a few fun items (like balls, dolls, playdough, hard candies, lollipops, gum, and hair accessories, etc.).
Read more on our blog.
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!