The National Society of Leadership and Success
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Letter from the PresidentAnnouncementsSuccess CornerSociety Spotlight Monthly Motivation

Letter From the President: 

Dear Society Member,

Happy Groundhog Day! Today our nation’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, was called upon for the 131st time to predict whether we will have an early spring or six more weeks of winter. Like any leader, Phil has a job to do, and year after year he tells it like he sees without worrying about its interpretation. The lesson here is that regardless of the outcome, a strong leader must deliver their message with clarity and decisiveness.

On this day, I am also reminded of another Phil—Pittsburgh TV meteorologist Phil Connors, portrayed by Bill Murray in the film “Groundhog Day.” For those not familiar with the movie, Connors is assigned to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. In the movie, he finds himself stuck in a time loop, repeating the same day over and over again. After living through many cycles of Groundhog Day, Phil eventually begins to reexamine his life, and resets his priorities.

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”
― Albert Einstein

Over the years, “Groundhog Day" has evolved into a metaphor used to describe a repetitive, typically unfruitful, situation. The daily grind many of us face in school or at work is much like Connors’ experience in Groundhog Day. We continue doing the same old thing, sometimes expecting a different result. As leaders, we need to work proactively against repetitive cycles, especially those which do not produce the outcomes we desire.

The next time you are stuck in your own version of Groundhog Day and want to break the cycle, I encourage you to be creative and get energized when challenging your assumptions. Here are some tips to help you get started:

– Continually reexamine assumptions
– Focus on the positive benefits of the future rather than all the wrongs of the past
– Patience and determination are vital characteristics that you need in order to be an operative agent of change
– Read the 5 Leadership Lessons From Groundhog Day (The Film) for more

I hope you all are having a wonderful start to the spring semester.

Best wishes,

Charles Knippen
The National Society of Leadership and Success

Success Corner: 
James Morrell: Business Leader of Utah

Meet Society member James Morrell! He is a third-year student at the University of Utah from Boise, Idaho, who was interviewed about his involvement with the Society and his commitment to the community in Utah.

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Monthly Motivation: 

“To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.”

― George Santayana

“The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become a fearless mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly - indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.”

― Arianna Huffington

5 Leadership Lessons From Groundhog Day (The Film)
By Julie Benesh, PhD, MFA, SPHR

If you are wondering about this film’s relevance to leadership, consider that Phil Connors was a community leader by the end of the film, as well as a man who got what he wanted. In his example, we see that there are many ways to take in the environment and choices to be made around what to pay attention to and enact fulfillment of strategic and intimate needs. Leaders need to be proficient in flexing these, not so as to trick followers, as was Phil Connors’ early impulse, but to direct and support a quality experience of need fulfillment for all stakeholders.

Here are some specific leadership lessons from Groundhog Day:

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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

Valley City State University Day of Service

For the third consecutive year, the Society chapter at Valley City State University, alongside the Vikings Campus Activities Board, hosted the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The day was focused on "turning a day off into a day of service" in hopes of reminding students what Martin Luther King Jr.'s message was all about.

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NSLS chapter Induction Ceremony at Kishwaukee College

The Society chapter at Kishwaukee College recently inducted 51 new members and recognized eight NELA recipients at its winter Induction Ceremony.

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Scholarships and Awards: Spring 2017 "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:


The Spring 2017 submission period runs from Friday, February 10, 2017 through Monday, April 10, 2017.

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

For a full list of our scholarships, awards and grants, click here.

To see all of Fall 2016's winners, click here.

Speaker Broadcasts: NEW Addition to the Spring 2017 Lineup

We are excited to announce that we have added another special Speaker Broadcast to the lineup this Spring. On March 28th, live from New Jersey City University at 8:30PM EST, our guest will be the New York Times Best-selling author and host of "The Daily Show," Trevor Noah.

Member Benefits

Looking to travel on your own, or in a group this Spring or Summer Break?
Check out our featured travel partners to get exclusive Society member discounts


Are you ready to explore the world?
Start your next international adventure for less with StudentUniverse!

The Society is excited to partner with StudentUniverse to provide Society members with discounted flights, hotels and tours!
Use StudentUniverse to book any type of travel - Spring Break, a flight home, Study Abroad, or even a weekend getaway!

Before you book, don’t forget to check out the StudentUniverse promo codes page to see if they are running any deals that you can layer on top of your already discounted student travel for extra savings!

Exclusions Apply: Offer ends 02/15/2017. Offer is only valid for Society members and StudentUniverse users. Excludes travel to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Special Offer for Society Members:
Receive an additional $25 off your next international flight from the U.S. to any international destination listed on using promo code NSLS25 at checkout.

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As a Society member, you have access to unpublished hotel discounts and other special offers at 150,000+ brand name, boutique and independent hotels and resorts around the world. Members receive access to hotel deals for FREE, as the normal $99 fee for access is waived! Click here for more information.

Outward Bound Costa Rica

Our partners at Outward Bound Costa Rica (OBCR), firmly believe there is no better way to develop leadership skills than with real-time experience in the field. Each year, university students learn to push their limits and expand their horizons as they develop leadership and social skills as well as self confidence and physical skills on OBCR’s Gap Year & Semester courses.

Is a semester too long to be away? Check out OBCR's 18+ Adult Summer Expeditions. Come for one week, or combine both courses for two weeks this summer.

Please visit Outward Bound Costa Rica (OBCR) to learn more about each exciting course. Society members receive an exclusive discount of 10% off all courses, and are eligible to earn course credits!

True Nature Education

Register Now! Space is Limited!

Over the past five years, the Society has partnered with True Nature Education to invite members to participate in an immersive travel abroad opportunity to Costa Rica, which embodies the essence of service leadership. This year, we are very excited to expand our program to Peru and Italy.

Plan Your Summer and Winter Breaks Now!

Costa Rica Service, Adventure and Leadership Program
Registration Now Open

Summer 2017:
June 17th - 24th, 2017
(Waiting List Only)
July 29th, 2017 - August 5th, 2017

Winter 2017:
December 9th - 16th, 2017

Society Members Receive a $350 Discount Off Costa Rica Service, Adventure and Leadership Program Tuition

Peru and Italy Service and Adventure Programs
Registration Now Open
*NEW Summer 2017

*Peru 2017:
July 22nd - 29th, 2017

*Italy 2017:
August 5th - 11th, 2017

Society Members Receive a $450 Discount Off Peru and Italy Service and Adventure Program Tuition

Limited number of spaces are left for these trips.

Register Now to secure your spot!

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