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,

In a few short days, over a hundred million people will tune in to watch the culmination of the NFL’s 2017 season. The Super Bowl has always been larger than football, drawing fans and non-fans alike with big-budget commercials and unforgettable halftime performances, and it’s safe to say that this year will be no different. But as we lock down our plans and prepare our grocery lists for the big day, I want to take a moment to discuss the larger themes and lessons to be learned from the two teams that will meet on Sunday.

Expect the best…but prepare for the unthinkable.
The Philadelphia Eagles, searching for their first-ever Super Bowl win, have given a new meaning to the term “underdog.” Preseason projections had the team finishing last in their division, and that was before devastating injuries riddled their roster. Nevertheless, the Eagles prevailed, even after losing their star quarterback to a season-ending injury. Such misfortune and adversity would have crippled most NFL teams’ playoff dreams, but not Philadelphia. This was a situation the Eagles front office had prepared for from the beginning, having gone to great lengths to re-obtain an experienced backup quarterback, Nick Foles. Foles had been preparing day-in and day-out as if his time on centerstage was inevitable.

Take-away: Whether you’re running a business or leading a team, you always want to expect the best while preparing for the unthinkable. Whether it’s the sudden loss of a top client, a study partner, or a board member, it’s a good idea to have a contingency plan. Keep this in mind as an action step when working with your SNTs this semester and hold one another accountable. Often times, your response to the “unthinkable” will mean the difference between success and failure.

Modus operandi: culture On the other side of the field is a drastically different set of circumstances, as veteran quarterback Tom Brady pursues his sixth Super Bowl title in eight appearances with the New England Patriots. Arguably the greatest dynasty the NFL has ever seen, the Patriots are the model of stability in a league filled with continual change. Year-in and year-out this team has the unwavering ability to glare into the fire and, uncompromisingly, perform in near-perfect fashion. In contradiction to popular opinion, little of the Patriots’ success is due to pure good fortune, but rather their “modus operandi.” They have a culture set in place that is designed in a professional setting, that keeps the organization running.

Take-away: This is similar to what it’s like building a company or a team of future leaders. Building a culture starts at the top and works its way down, whether it’s the General Manager in a sports franchise, the founder of a startup, or the leader of a Success Networking Team. Without the existence of a strong and positive culture, the odds for success are significantly reduced. Continue reading below in the Monthly Motivation section for The 8 Essential Steps to Building a Winning Culture.

This month I encourage you to be observant of the successful teams and organizations you come across. Identify and make note of what characteristics or practices they implement that make them effective.

Best wishes,

Charles Knippen
The National Society of Leadership and Success
Success Corner: 
Over 100 ASC students inducted into The National Society of Leadership and Success

The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) gained more than 100 new inducted members recently after the Alfred State College chapter held its inaugural induction ceremony in the Orvis Activities Center Auditorium. During the ceremony, the auditorium roared with the clapping and cheering of supportive friends and family as the inductees crossed the stage to receive their certificates. In addition to the students, two advisors were inducted, as well.

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Monthly Motivation: 

“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.”

― George S. Halas, Head Coach, Chicago Bears (1933-42, 1946-55, 1958-67)

The 8 Essential Steps to Building a Winning Culture
By Monica Zent

What do shoes, airplanes, and a mouse have in common? Think more specifically of Zappos, JetBlue, and Disney, and a universal and fundamental theme emerges. These companies are all revered for their thriving and coveted corporate cultures – cultures that customers and employees are falling in love with and, thereby, helping drive business success.

Culture can make or break a company. According to a Bain & Company Survey of 365 companies in Europe, Asia, and North America, 81 percent believe that a company lacking a high-performance culture is doomed to mediocrity. Fewer than 10 percent succeed in building one.

Startups take notice. Culture is incredibly important because it sets the tone for everything from how the early team interacts to the kinds of hires made to how customers are treated. One mistake can set you back months. On the other hand, you have the opportunity to set your company apart by building a winning culture.

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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

University of Houston-Victoria

University of Houston-Victoria students are prepared to embrace The National Society of Leadership and Success mission after a recent induction ceremony. More than two dozen students were present during the Dec. 8 induction ceremony, including UHV alumna and chapter advisor Camilla Sutton. “The National Society of Leadership and Success has a long history of leadership development, and it’s always exciting to introduce new members to the organization,” Sutton said. “I think the new members will benefit immensely from the opportunities available, and the Society will benefit from their involvement.”

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Northern Essex Community College

Seventy-eight Northern Essex Community College students were recently inducted into the college’s newly established chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success.

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Speaker Broadcasts
Spring 2018 Kickoff

We are excited to announce that the kickoff to our Spring 2018 Speaker Broadcast season is just around the corner!

Here's your chance to ask Thaddeus Bullard a question during his talk on Tuesday, February 13th.

Click below to hear a special message from Thaddeus.



To participate, please send a file or link to your YouTube video (public or unlisted) to no later than 12PM (EST), Monday, February 12th. Several submissions will be chosen for Thaddeus to answer. If your video is selected, you will receive a $50 VISA gift card.

Thaddeus's speech, entitled "Be a Champion of Character," will be addressing topics such as how we all have the power to change someone’s life, the importance of having respect for yourself and others and why being kind impacts the world.

Please have your questions be relevant to these topics as well as his career and experience.

A few tips for your video:
  • Set your camera horizontally (landscape).
  • Videos should be no longer than 30 seconds.
  • Introduce yourself and your school at the beginning of the video.
  • Make sure you are centered, in focus and well lit.
  • Speak clearly.

Scholarships and Awards: Spring 2018 "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 2018 submission period runs from Friday, February 9, 2018 through Friday, April 6, 2018.

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 2017's winners, click here.

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


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

Practice Your Leadership Skills on a
Gap Year or Semester Abroad

Don't just learn about leadership - put your skills to the test and develop in ways you can't when indoors. Take a semester abroad with Outward Bound Costa Rica (OBCR).

October 11 – December 15
65 Days | 10 Academic Credits | 7 International Outdoor Education Certifications
NSLS members receive $930.00 off of tuition
Learn to set up belay systems, organize rescues, provide wilderness medical care, guide rafts down world-class rivers, lead groups through the Costa Rican rainforest, and scuba dive in Caribbean waters during this comprehensive introduction to the outdoor industry.

September 21 – December 15
85 Days | 12 Academic Credits | 5 International Outdoor Education Certifications
NSLS members receive $1,140.00 off of tuition
Trek through rainforest valleys and dense cloud forests as you learn the local traditions of Costa Rica. Spend your evenings camping under the stars, living with host families on their farms, learning to cook using local ingredients, and learning more about yourself, your passions and dreams. Venture into Panama to become NAUI scuba certified, understand the fragile ecosystem of the ocean in the archipelago and test your skills at wakeboarding. Sea kayak to remote islands and work side by side with the indigenous villagers. Nicaragua will take you inland to work in local communities on school/orphanage projects and close contact with local school children.

Volunteer on service projects, learn about the Panamanian way of life, and earn your NAUI scuba certification in tropical Caribbean waters while diving among vibrant coral reefs, colorful fish, mangroves, and a sunken ship.

Learn more about this course.

NSLS members receive $160.00 off

July 14-21, 2018
Hike through remote and spectacular regions of Costa Rica surrounded by rainforest valleys, cascading waterfalls, and winding rivers as you make your way from homestay to homestay. You’ll also, whitewater raft or zipline on this packed one-week adventure.

Learn more about this course.

NSLS members receive $160.00 off

Looking to Stay Longer?
No problem. The best part is you don't have to choose. Combine both courses for 2 weeks in this Central American paradise.

NSLS members receive $295.00 off when combining both courses.

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