The National Society of Leadership and Success
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In this Issue: 
Letter from the PresidentAnnouncementsSuccess CornerSociety Spotlight Monthly Motivation

Letter From the President: 

Dear Society Member,

It’s officially June 2017, and another academic year is in the books. As you begin to jump into your summer activities, I want to stress the importance of not losing sight of the bigger picture and continuing to strive toward your goals—whatever those may be.

While many see time off as an excuse to put everything on hold and take a break from it all—don’t! These next few months can be the perfect opportunity for you to tap into your calling and take action toward living out your purpose.

When it comes to the topic of pursuing passion, nobody positions it better than best-selling author of, The Art of Work, Jeff Goins:

“If you have a dream or calling you’re not yet living into, it’s time to get to work:
Declare you are what you’re waiting to be.
Believe in your dream before you see it.
And then do it.
Remember: Until you start living it, you’re only dreaming.”

Once you have determined your passion and purpose— it’s time to start focusing on it! A terrific way to stay focused on your goals during break is to put it into practice. Start by creating a virtual or physical goal board for motivation and fill it with directed imagery that will keep you enthused and reminded of your focus.

The message I want to leave you with this month is to stay attentive on your goals and don’t forget to link the short-term with the-long term. The actions and decisions you make daily have an impact and must lineup with your big-picture vision.

Congratulations on a successful academic year and I hope you have a wonderful start to your summer.

Best wishes,

Charles Knippen
The National Society of Leadership and Success
Success Corner: 

At 70, 'Grandma Shirley' gets Wake Tech degree, enrolls for another one

Shoutout and big congratulations to inducted member and recent college graduate, Shirley Fuller, of the Society chapter at Wake Technical Community College! At 70 years old, Shirley received her Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Administration.

Dozens Inducted into Brookdale Leadership Society

Sixty-seven students were welcomed into one of the fastest growing student organizations on campus May 9, during the Spring 2017 Induction Ceremony for The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) at Brookdale. The inductees – who spent a combined 816 hours this semester participating in intensive workshops, leadership training sessions and interactive seminars – were presented with official NSLS pins and certificates of recognition in front a capacity crowd of friends, family, classmates, and college officials in the Student Life Center.

“I am so proud to be here with you and celebrate your achievement tonight,” said Brookdale president Maureen Murphy. “The organization that you are joining is truly, truly a jewel here at Brookdale Community College, and you are going to grow immensely as members of the National Society of Leadership and Success. I congratulate you all.”

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New leadership society at DSLCC inducts charter members

A newly formed leadership organization at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College held its first Induction Ceremony May 9 on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus for 13 chapter members. The Sigma Alpha Pi Chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) has been active at DSLCC for about a year, with DSLCC College Success Coach Christopher Shiraki and DSLCC Adult Career Coach Samantha Gray as advisors.

University of La Verne

The University of La Verne Society chapter achieved a 56.27% induction rate and honored the 166 newly inducted members at the chapter’s Spring 2017 Induction Ceremony held on Saturday, May 13.

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Monthly Motivation: 

“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.”

― Ferdinand Foch

Why Summer Is The Best Time To Advance Your Career
By William Arruda, Forbes

It’s that time of year. You and your colleagues are thinking about vacation. Things tend to slow down a bit in the office. Meetings are fewer. Travel decreases. Sure, it’s time for you to use some of those hard-earned vacation days so you can recharge and re-engage. But what are you going to do with the rest of the summer?
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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

Chapter Induction: Indiana University Southeast

On Sunday, April 23, the Society chapter at Indiana University Southeast inducted 116 students at its Spring 2017 Induction Ceremony. In addition, 15 of those inducted received the NELA.

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Chapter Induction: Auburn University at Montgomery

On Wednesday, April 26, the Society chapter at Auburn University at Montgomery held its Spring 2017 Induction Ceremony, recognizing 166 new members and 106 inductees.

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Chapter Graduation: Chapter Graduation: San Antonio College

On Thursday, April 20, the Society chapter at San Antonio College gathered together to celebrate its graduating members.

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To view more images from these events, as well as recent activity from our Society chapters at Nashville State Community College, Miami University Hamilton, Ivy Tech Community College-Columbus, Widener University and Central Community College - Hastings,, visit us on Flickr.

Society Shop Sale: Going On Now Through June 11th

Scholarship and Awards Program: Spring 2017 Recipients Announced

Member Benefits

Outward Bound Costa Rica

Society members who participate on any OBCR course receive a 10% discount and are eligible to earn course credits. Click here for more information.


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.

True Nature Education

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Costa Rica Service, Adventure and Leadership Program
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Summer 2017:
June 17th - 24th, 2017
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July 29th, 2017 - August 5th, 2017
(Only a Few Spots Left!)

Winter 2017:
December 9th - 16th, 2017
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Society Members Receive a $350 Discount Off Costa Rica Service, Adventure and Leadership Program Tuition

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

*Peru 2017:
July 22nd - 29th, 2017
(Only a Few Spots Left!)

*Italy 2017:
July 30th - August 5th, 2017
(New Trip Added! Registration Open!)
August 5th - 11th, 2017
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Society Members Receive a $450 Discount Off Peru and Italy Service and Adventure Program Tuition

Spaces are still available for the July and December trips.

Register Now to secure your spot!
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