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

Letter From the President: 
Dear Society Member,
It’s that time of year again—the beginning of an exciting new academic term.
September is a busy month as you adjust to your new classes, reconnect with friends and classmates, involve yourself in new activities, and hopefully leave some time to relax. But before you settle into a new routine, I want to suggest adding one more item to your schedule: Make time to celebrate your successes. Go out to dinner, spend a day or an extra hour doing something you love, or treat yourself to something nice. Regardless of how big or small your wins are, commit to celebrating them all.
The first step is to recognize your achievements. Start with the most notable—what are the accomplishments that you are most proud of or that took you by surprise? Oftentimes, as we are completing one task, we begin to focus on the next without first acknowledging what we just worked so hard to do. Successes aren’t always obvious, either. Think about the smaller, more subtle things you are proud of achieving. What steps have you made toward your larger goals? If you stumbled and made a mistake, are you pleased with the way you handled it? Your recoveries are also worth celebrating as they are signs of forward progress, not evidence of a job undone. It’s important to remind yourself of this, especially when your inner critic comes out.
Don’t cheat yourself out of well-deserved credit and satisfaction. Give yourself a chance to feel good about what you have accomplished. You can’t do that if you are always beating yourself up and saying, “That wasn’t good enough” or “I have to do better.” Rewarding yourself for a job well done will give you a psychological motivator to create more wins. Just like the rest of your new routine, eventually celebrating success will also become habit.
So before rushing into your new goals for the semester ahead, pause and appreciate what you have already accomplished. Taking a look back just might be the key to figuring out the best way to move forward.
I hope you are all feeling refreshed and have a great start to the fall semester.
Best wishes to everyone, 
Charles Knippen
The National Society of Leadership and Success
Success Corner: 

 Social Media Spotlight

Bradley University

The Lincoln University

Georgia State University

Florida Gulf Coast University

University of Houston - Downtown

Delaware State University

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Executive Board Retreats

On Saturday, August 22, 2015, the Society chapters at Averett University and Kentucky State University held their annual executive board retreats.

Averett University

The Averett University executive board held its retreat on the university's campus in Danville, Virginia.

Kentucky State University

The Society chapter at Kentucky State University held its executive board retreat on campus in Frankfort, Kentucky. National Office team member Mallory Galbreath, pictured above in red- second from the right, was in attendance. 
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Regional Leadership Retreats

Eastern Michigan University

On Saturday, July 25th, 38 Chapter Leaders from across the Midwest came together at Eastern Michigan University for the 2015 Regional Leadership Retreat.

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Scholarships and Awards "Open Season" Kickoff

The Society Scholarships and Awards Program supports members in their pursuit of dynamic leadership, service, chapter/member excellence and for financial need. 
The scholarships and awards are categorized into three areas:
  • Stephen Covey Tribute Awards
  • Mission-Based Scholarships and Grants
  • Need-Based Scholarship and Grants
During the 2014-2015 academic year, the Society had over $150,000 in scholarships and awards exclusively available for distribution to Society members. This year, the amount will grow to over $200,000.
The Fall 2015 submission period runs from September 1, 2015 through Saturday, October 31, 2015.
Click here to download the Scholarships and Awards Packet and begin your online application. 
For a full list of our scholarships, awards and grants, and to apply, click here.
To see all of the Spring 2015's winners, click here.
See below in our What's Happening section for a special feature on two of our Spring 2015 Scholarships and Awards winners.

Fall 2015 Speaker Broadcasts

Meet the Speakers
Al Roker (October 6, 2015) – His newest book, The Storm of the Century, is the inspiring true story of leadership, heroism and survival during America’s deadliest natural disaster. Al will be speaking to us about stories of leadership in the toughest times.
John C. Maxwell (October 20, 2015) - He is the recipient of the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership and was named the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association. John will be speaking about his upcoming book, Intentional Living, and will lead us down our personal path to a life that matters.
John Leguizamo (November 10, 2015) - As an outspoken and versatile actor, producer and playwright, John has impressed audiences worldwide throughout his career. His work includes roles in films including Ice AgeMoulin RougeRomeo and JulietRide Along and American Ultra. John will be joining us to discuss his rise to fame, the challenges that he overcame and moving beyond self-doubt to find happiness.
Special Broadcast Announcement
In our effort to bring compelling learning opportunities and more options to our chapters, we are ecstatic to announce that we will be hosting a fourth broadcast this semester:
Jesse Eisenberg (November 4, 2015) - He is an accomplished actor who you have seen in hit movies, television shows and on stage. Jesse’s movie credits include The Social NetworkZombielandAdventurelandNow You See MeRio and American Ultra. With his upcoming book of short stories, Bream Gives Me Hiccups, being released in September, Jesse will be joining us for a special broadcast in which he will sit down to discuss his journey in film and literature and answer questions from our members.
Monthly Motivation: 
“Celebration is a confrontation, giving attention to the transcendent meaning of one’s actions.” - Abraham Joshua Heschel
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” - Oprah Winfrey

Celebrate Your Success in these three instances:

  • Concrete steps we have taken towards larger goals. We’re often so focused on the end-goal, that we don’t recognize the essential smaller achievements that get us there.
  • Successes of value to us personally, but not necessarily to others. These are things that a wider society might not applaud you for, but are nevertheless important to you – unique achievements of any size that are significant to you.
  • Your difficulties, failures and mistakes. It’s important to celebrate and claim all of you – reject any part of you and you reject a part of yourself.

See more at Life Coach on the Go.

What's Happening: 

Spring 2015 Scholarships and Awards Winner Special Feature

Congratulations to Society member Shelby Liggett of Avila University—recipient of the Student Leadership Program Grant!
Shelby Liggett is a rising senior majoring in Radiologic Science at Avila University in Kansas City, Mo., and currently holds the Community Service Chair position for her Society chapter. As a result of being awarded the Student Leadership Program Grant, the Society was able to send Shelby to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Conference in New Mexico this year.
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Congratulations to Global Leader Scholarship recipient Adanna Amaechi from the Society chapter at Montclair State University.
Adanna Amaechi grew up in Nigeria, where she witnessed the effects of corruption and substandard health-related services. That experience propelled her to study public health (with a minor in economics) at the undergraduate level so she could understand the correlation between inappropriate allocation of resources and barriers to development. Adanna’s career goal is to promote civic empowerment and engagement as an intervention to address social development challenges.
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Spotlight on a Society Staffer: Christine Pitts

Christine Pitts joined the National Office team in July 2015 as a Chapter Support Manager. We are proud to introduce you to a new Society staffer!
How would you describe your first month at the National Office, and what is your favorite part of working here so far?
I was told very often during my time as a graduate student that, “your first job will never be your dream job.” Working for the Society is my first job out of graduate school, and while it may only be my first month at the National Office, I am fairly confident when I say that the people who told me that were dead wrong. 
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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!