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

Letter From the President: 

Dear Society Member,

Welcome back and happy 2017! To ensure a successful start to the spring semester, I want to remind you of the importance of mastering the art of communication.

As you dive back into your work and studies, keep the following statistic in mind:

According to success experts, and research done by the Carnegie Institute of Technology, 85% of your success in life will be determined by how effectively you communicate.

“Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people.”
― Jim Rohn

Similar to learning how to play an instrument or a sport, communication is a learned skill. The more you practice, the better you become. Effective communication is more than simply talking to others. It consists of the ability to listen, ensuring that others understand the points you’re expressing, and the ability to persuade others to take action.

As a Society member, you have access to DISC, a great resource to utilize as you learn to master your communication skills. The DISC Model originates from work done by Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston in the 1920s. His theory was that people have a tendency to develop a self-concept shaped on one of four factors — Dominance, Inducement, Steadiness, or Compliance. The DISC assessment will not only tell you which communication style you possess, it will also teach you how to communicate with those with different styles - a major factor in mastering communication.

This month, if you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to take the DISC Assessment to learn more about your own personal communication style.

– Traditional members having received credit for Orientation can find the DISC Activity and Resources under the “My Membership” tab located in the Members Area.
– Online members having received credit for completing Orientation will be emailed a link inviting them to take the assessment.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and have a strong start to the new year.

Best wishes,

Charles Knippen
The National Society of Leadership and Success

Success Corner: 

Mayor Mayo named Honorary Member of The National Society of Leadership and Success

At the recent Induction Ceremony for the Louisiana Delta Community College Society chapter, the Mayor of Monroe, Louisiana, Jamie Mayo, was among local leaders named as an Honorary Member of The National Society of Leadership and Success for his "commitment to excellence in developing student leaders."

Mayor Mayo commented, "I know that it sounds cliché, but I believe that students are our leaders of tomorrow. It is important that we help mold them and give them experiences that help shape their ability to become great thinkers, innovators, problem solvers and overall leaders. That why my administration is so committed to our youth summer job program, hosting field trips, visiting and speaking to students at all grade levels, in addition to supporting our institutions of higher learning."
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Monthly Motivation: 

“So many people believe that if they can talk, they can communicate. Others believe that communication is a skill you’re born with – so if you don’t have it, you’re out of luck. Not so – in either case.”

― Brian Tracy, Entrepreneur, Professional Speaker, Best Selling Author and Success Expert

What Leaders Can Learn from a Good Game of Ping Pong
By Michael Hyatt

I gently tried to interject my thoughts, but he didn’t seem too interested in my point of view. Evidently, he had his script. He was determined to plow through it.

It made me wonder how many times I do the same thing with others.

The people I value most are those who know how to listen. I actively seek them out. Interestingly, these are also the people who have the most influence with me. Why? Because I feel like they understand me.

Early in my business career, one of my mentors told me that conversations should be like a game of ping pong. You wait for the ball to come over the net, then you hit it back to the person on the other side. Then you do it all over again—and on it goes.

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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!

Society Spotlight: 

Chapter Events
and Highlights

39 CSU Students Inducted into The National Society of Leadership and Success

On Thursday December 8th, 39 students were inducted into the newly established Society chapter at Clarks Summit University. Earlier this fall, CSU launched its NSLS chapter on campus, led by senior elementary education major Anthony Vincent. In its first year, the CSU Society chapter has become the largest student-led organization on campus. With 73 percent of members inducted this semester, CSU’s chapter of NSLS has the highest induction rate in the nation, among 545 colleges and universities.

“When Anthony Vincent came to me with this idea, he had a clear vision and built a strong executive team that has laid out this vision with the help of the NSLS to deliver this elite leadership training to our campus,” explained Fred Defendorf, Coordinator of Student Life.

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Speaker Broadcasts: Spring 2017 Speaker Lineup

Society Shop: The Society Essentials - (Save 25%!)

The Society Essentials are a collection of items sure to show off your Society pride as you embark on your journey towards success!

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Scholarships and Awards: Fall 2016 Scholarship and Awards Recipients Announced

We are proud to present the Fall 2016 Scholarships and Awards recipients!

($3,000 Each)

Higher education is one of the most valuable investments any individual can make. It requires commitment to education and discipline to persevere through the academic rigors of undergraduate or graduate studies. The Society recognizes inducted members that exemplify leadership accomplishments, as well as high academic standing.

JAMES BRANDON H. - Wilson Community College

SABINE D. - Western Connecticut State University

MARIANNA H. - University of Houston-Clear Lake

EMILY B. - Jefferson Community College

JIA SIANG (BEN) L. - Jacksonville University

GLORIA T. - Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana

ROMIESA A. - The City College of New York

JULIA C. - University of Pittsburgh

SHELBY S. - Azusa Pacific University

SHADARRA J. - National Online Chapter

AMANDA NICOLE B. - Mount Aloysius College

PATRICK M. - Columbia Southern University


The Society aims to empower and engage individuals in embarking upon their dreams and aspirations. We recognize that working towards a personal goal takes unlimited hard work, unyielding determination, and unbreakable courage that must defy all odds. The purpose of this grant is to support individuals in achieving their dream.

JUSTIN P.Southern New Hampshire University - College of Online and Continuing Education

ELIZABETH B. - Kishwaukee College

MORGAN B. - University of Central Florida

($1,200 Each)

The National Society of Leadership and Success recognizes that we all have a “Little Leader” in our lives, be it your child, cousin, sibling or even a family friend, who could benefit from a program which fosters and supports their interests (e.g., academic tutoring, sports classes, foreign language classes, etc.). The Society Little Leaders Award pays for these programs that will help our Little Leaders grow to be well-rounded individuals who make a better world.

MEINA C. - NorthWest Arkansas Community College

SOLANGE G. K. - Houston Community College - Northwest

LUVANIKA S. - Southern New Hampshire University - College of Online and Continuing Education

NANCY BETH S. - Wright State University

TREENA K. J. - Shaw University

($1,000 Each)

The Society encourages our members to strive to be the healthiest versions of themselves. Whether that means eating correctly, taking fitness classes or receiving your certification (e.g., yoga instructor, personal trainer, etc.), the Society wants to help you get there. The Healthy Living Grant provides financial assistance to aid in achieving your goals.

DANIEL S. - Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana

MARISSA SARAH B. - University of Houston

ERIN Y. - The Ohio State University

EMILY S. - Miami University - Oxford

TAKISHA L. - National Online Chapter

($1,000 Each)

The National Society of Leadership and Success designates a certain amount of scholarship funds to those who are in need of financial assistance towards their undergraduate or graduate degrees. The purpose for this grant is to support endeavors for higher education and assist in extraneous academic expenses such as textbooks.

PRAISE C. - National Online Chapter

DANIELA R. - University of Arkansas - Fort Smith

MAWJUDA A. - University of the Incarnate Word

ALENA JORDAN W. - The University of Utah

ERIN KELLER T. Muhlenberg College


($2,500 Each)

Many of today’s most successful businesses such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft and SnapChat were created by students in their college dorm rooms. Many Society members have ideas that could become the next Google, which is why we created the Entrepreneur Award. Develop and submit your business plan, and perhaps the Society will provide you with seed money to help get your idea off the ground.

TEKISHA K. - DeVry University - Online

CARLOS M. JR - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

ALLISON P. - Vanderbilt University

($1,000 Each)

The National Society of Leadership and Success recognizes members that truly embody and live by the Society mission: Building leaders who make a better world. The Society State of Mind Award is bestowed upon one member from each state who, within the previous academic year, had initiated a program or event, or was a significant participant in a project or campaign which impacted their local community in a positive manner.

JUSTIN P.University of Maryland University College - Online Chapter

KIANA O.University of California, Davis

KATARINA C.Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

VICTORIA D.Waubonsee Community College

ANGELICA ROSE B.University of North Carolina at Charlotte

SHEMIKA W.Tennessee State University

MERCEDES A.Oklahoma City University

HEATHER M.Southern New Hampshire University - College of Online and Continuing Education

NATALIE S.University of Nebraska-Lincoln

KENDALL L.Montana State University

ASHLEY D.Millersville University

EDWARD P.National Online Chapter

STEPHANIE M.Sinclair Community College

STEPHANIE B.Florida Gulf Coast University

ALYSSA S.Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

LOGAN K.University of Michigan - Flint

NITASHA E. G.Chattahoochee Technical College

JENNA F.Viterbo University

RANDY V.California State University, Bakersfield

CHELSAE G.National Online Chapter

DAVID DUNCAN S.Red Rocks Community College

TAM N.University of Missouri-St. Louis

KRISTY N.Western New England University

TYLYNN S.The University of Utah

JULIE H.Berkeley College - New York

Congratulations to all of our Fall 2016 Scholarships and Awards recipients!

Click here to view the full list of our Scholarships and Awards. 

We thank all of you who have applied for the Fall 2016 Scholarships and Awards. The Society receives a very high volume of applications each semester, and it is with regret that we cannot award them all. We strongly encourage you to apply for the Spring 2017 semester (submission period begins February 10th) and continue in your dedication to being leaders who make a better world.

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