The National Society of Leadership and Success
Building leaders who make a better world
In this Issue: 
Letter from the PresidentAnnouncementsSuccess CornerSociety Spotlight Monthly Motivation

Letter From the President: 

Dear Society Member,

It’s officially that time of the year, when all things autumnal introduce themselves into our world. The crisp air, the changing colors of the leaves, and the shortening of the days are all signs of the upcoming fall season. Whether or not you associate sensory input with seasonal change, there is certainly a feeling we all get around this time of year.

For me, the start to a new academic year provides a burst of energy. It’s as if the universe is letting me know that an exciting new semester is upon us, and to ready myself for the whirlwind of activity that is to come. To-do lists and calendars begin to fill up, and new projects and opportunities await around every corner.

"You have to rage against the machine of an unsustainable calendar."
― Michael Hyatt

With so much to do and so little time, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and stressed. In the blink of an eye, you can find yourself over​committed and stretched too thin. The question is, how do we overcome feeling overwhelmed? It starts with ​being ​responsible with your bandwidth and time management.

The truth is, only we have the power to overcommit. There is a beauty in understanding your bandwidth, and knowing when to say “no”. Start with acknowledging that there is a choice in the matter. We have the choice to decline, delegate or at the very least, negotiate deadlines and timelines.

This month, I encourage you all to slowly ease into the new semester and not overcommit. However, should you find yourself in a place where you’ve done just that, remember that you have control over your environment, responsibilities and outcomes.
I wish you all a peaceful and relaxing transition as you settle into the fall semester.

Best wishes,

Charles Knippen
The National Society of Leadership and Success
Success Corner: 
Bevill State launches Society chapter

Bevill State Community College is one of the newest chapters of The National Society of Leadership and Success in the state of Alabama.

“Our involvement in The National Society of Leadership and Success is another way that we are enhancing the student experience at Bevill State. I am excited about all the opportunities involvement in this organization will bring to our students,” said Dr. Larry Ferguson, president of Bevill State Community College.

Click here to read the full article.

Society member focuses on community service and helping students build leadership skills

Jacqueline Donnelly, NELA recipient, Excellence in Service to Students awardee and Executive Board Member of the Society chapter at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, was one of 50 students selected to U of M-Dearborn's newest class of Difference Makers.

"What makes me a Difference Maker is that I strive to help students build on their leadership skills, especially in the student organizations that I am a part of currently. One of the things I think is an important aspect of being a student is also being actively engaged in the events each organization offers, even if I am not currently a part of that student organization." - Jacqueline Donnelly

Click here to read the full article.

Monthly Motivation: 

“Every important thing in life happens because we underestimate what it will cost.”


Do you have so much on your plate that you’re left feeling overwhelmed and stressed out? What can you do to get back to a place of controlling ease and relaxation?

In an age of fast-paced lifestyles and heightened commercialism, everywhere we turn is a demand for our attention. On top of the information overload, we are working longer, and taking less time off. The result? More stress and less time to ourselves.

Juggling between work, family and our personal needs, it’s easy to get sucked into the never-ending list of to-dos, and we end up feeling overwhelmed and stressed.

This article looks at eight simple stress management techniques to overcome this sense of overwhelming anxiety in order to live a more relaxed and stress-free lifestyle. Click here to continue reading.

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!

Society Spotlight: 

Chapter Events
and Highlights

Sam Houston State University

Amanda Coglianese and Christine Warner, Sam Houston State University Chapter President and Vice President, respectively, participated in a leadership development service event on August 22nd, and hosted an executive board retreat on August 26th.

To view more images from this event, visit us on Flickr.

Louisiana Delta Community College

On Wednesday, August 17th, the Society chapter at Louisiana Delta Community College was featured in the local newspaper, highlighting its new 2016 Executive Board.

Click here to read the full article.


Scholarships and Awards: "Open Season" Kickoff

The Society Scholarships and Awards Program supports members for their dynamic leadership, service, chapter/member excellence and financial need.

The scholarships and awards are categorized into three areas:

‌• Stephen Covey Tribute Awards (Spring Semester Only)
‌• Mission-Based Scholarships and Grants


‌• Need-Based Scholarships and Grants​


The Fall 2016 submission period runs from Thursday, September 1, 2016 through Monday, October 31, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Click here to download the Scholarships & Awards Packet and begin your application.

 Exciting New
Changes For
This Year:

- More money! Over a quarter-million dollars is available for the 2016-2017 school year!

- More chances to win! New awards, including local awards, have been added to the packet!

- More ways to apply! You can now submit your essay in video format!

Member Benefits

Save More with Society Perks and Discounts

The National Society of Leadership and Success partners with specially selected organizations who offer Society members tools to help them on their path to success. Partners offer significant discounts only available to Society members as well as connections and resources to help members in their future careers including access to internships and job opportunities. In addition, some of these partners provide financial support to the Society each time Society members take advantage of these discounted offers.

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PLUS! Our members enjoy private access to corporate-level discounts on everything from pizza and the zoo to movie tickets, car rentals and hotels. With over 289,000 offers across 10,000 cities and easy mobile access, you'll always have a reason to celebrate your savings!

   Save money and take advantage of Society partner offerings with Abenity.
Receive Perk Alerts on the Abenity iPhone App.

For the full list of partner discounts you receive as a Society member, please log into your Members Area by clicking here.