The NSLS News
Letter from the President
Dear NSLS Member,
It's officially Fall and time to enjoy the delights of the season. As the air becomes crisp and the green foliage transforms into a stunning palette of vibrant, new earth tones, it's a perfect metaphor for how we as people also transform. However, when it comes to leadership and transformation, one of the most challenging things people face is adapting to change. This can be a struggle, particularly for people in leadership positions who are actually assigned the task of leading the change.
Within an organization, if your role is to be a leader of change, your new ideas and practices could be met with resistance. Strong communication skills are imperative to overcoming such an obstacle. Remember that being concise and respectfully persuasive in explaining your vision is a powerful action that can change hearts and minds. The following is one of the greatest quotes to exemplify this notion:
"If you want what you're saying heard, then take your time and say it so that the listener will actually hear it." – Dr. Maya Angelou
Continuing on the topic of change and transformation, I'm excited to announce our newest leadership initiative, The Learning Guild, which will serve as our revised Advisory Board. The guild is a volunteer-based initiative that will serve as consultants and facilitators of leader content and curriculums, expansion of our Advanced and Executive programs while providing chapter support to advisors. We are in the final recruitment stages of developing our founding board, and we expect to launch the program soon officially. Read more details about the guild in the announcements section of this newsletter.
The mission of the NSLS is always to provide outstanding opportunities for our members. As you embark upon achieving your goals this semester, I want to remind you of the upcoming Speaker Broadcasts featuring Jim Kwik of Kwik Learning, Valerie Jarrett, who served as the Former Head Advisor to President Obama, and star athlete Tiki Barber.
Our Speaker Broadcasts welcome the top professionals in the world, sharing personal insight to their success and the dedicated work and discipline that made it all possible. Past Speaker Broadcasts are always available for you to stream on our site, and may you continue to be inspired and motivated by their words of wisdom.
I wish you a beautiful autumn, full of new friendships, robust learning, and exciting career development.
The National Society of Leadership and Success
Continue Reading below in the Monthly Motivation section for more tips on effective leadership.
There are still more scholarships available. The NSLS Foundation will distribute over $350,000 in scholarships, including service-based and need-based awards, made available exclusively for NSLS members.
The NSLS Foundation receives a large volume of submissions each term and winners are chosen by The NSLS Foundation Review Board through a highly selective process. Please note, only those selected to receive a scholarship or award will be notified.
The deadline to apply is for Fall Scholarships is November 1. Members are encouraged to submit their best work to increase the chances of receiving a scholarship, grant, or award.
The submission window is still open. Click here for a full list of our scholarships, awards, and grants.
Not applying is like walking away from free money. Don’t miss your opportunity.
Apply today at scholarships.nslsfoundation.org.
Don't miss the upcoming Speaker Broadcast:
"Master Your Memory"
Our first speaker broadcast is on October 15. Join us as we welcome Jim Kwik, the founder of Kwik Learning. Kwik is a widely recognized expert in speed-reading, memory improvement, brain performance, and accelerated learning.
If you would like to tune in and submit a question for Jim Kwik or any of our upcoming guests, please send it either written or via video to firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more.
Click below for a message from Jim in advance of his broadcast!
Our recent South (above, left) and Southeast (above, right) Leadership Summits in Houston, Texas and Raleigh, North Carolina were a great success. Renowned keynote speakers delivered inspiring words of motivation to enthusiastic crowds of NSLS members who participated in various professional development exercises and activities throughout the events.
Our next events are in Azusa, California (Los Angeles area), and the National Summit in Jersey City, New Jersey. Leadership events provide great opportunities to share, network, and learn. We take pride in fostering a community of like-minded people of similar aspirations for a successful life. We'll see you soon at the next one!
Over the past 8 years, thousands of NSLS members have had the great honor of participating in a diverse range of International Service, Adventure, Culture, and Leadership Programs with True Nature Education.
Together, we have traveled to the fjords of Iceland, lush rainforests of Costa Rica, the beautiful hills of Italy, and the sacred ruins of Peru. The stories told by the communities impacted are moving, and the member testimonials detailing their experiences are incredible.
In 2020 we are excited to roll out a new calendar of excursions and introduce our first NSLS and True Nature Education program in Guatemala!
You are invited to join us, taking your passion, leadership, service, and adventure global!
Registration coming soon at www.TrueNatureEducation.com. Stay tuned!
Congratulations to the below members who were winners of our various contests in the past month!
$1,000 Scholarship Winner, Audible Twitter Contest:
- Jose Perez
August/September Communication Style Video $50 Gift Card Winners:
- Sarah Bearor
- Bianca Rucker
- Sam Merritt
- Lianet Falcon
- Jasmine Hernandez
- John Leahy
September Speaker Re-Broadcast Trivia Winners:
- Charise Randolph
- Natasha Antona
- Karena Samuel
- Cassie Perkins
- Moeez Mallick
The Learning Guild:
In 2019, the NSLS will launch an innovative and dynamic new organizational evolution of our Advisory Board, called The Learning Guild. As an NSLS-founded coalition and community, the guild's mission is to identify and offer selected experts and advisors around the nation an opportunity to participate in rewarding leadership development challenges or collaborations.
Anchored in design thinking principles, the guild is a volunteer, ambassadorship of community leaders who embody the mission of the NSLS and our education goals. Our aim is to inspire and develop the programs of tomorrow through advocacy work, sharing best practices, developing applications, and advancing leadership development in innovative ways.
We are excited to explore new, enhanced, professional development content and curriculums, expand our Advanced and Executive platforms, create comprehensive inclusion studies, and increase support for chapter advisors.
Ideal candidates for The Learning Guild possess natural leadership skills, excellent communication abilities, an unwavering passion for education, and a self-driven mission to make a difference in the world.
SA fills supreme court, senator posts
by Kierra Frazier
The Student Association Senate voted to fill the last SA supreme court associate justice seat and three senator seats at Sunday night's Senate meeting. All four supreme court associate justice positions have been filled, while the SA supreme court chief justice position is still open.
Out of the 40 Senate seats, 24 have been officially filled. Michael Palacious, a second-year law student, was elected as the fourth associate justice for the supreme court. Palacious said he chose to be a part of the judicial branch because he had heard about the position from previous SA members last semester.
"The experiences that I've had with student organizations has taught me the importance and effectiveness that student organizations provide for the community," Palacious said.
UMPI hosts annual fall blood drive September 19
Community and Media Relations Office of the University of Maine at Presque Isle.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The University of Maine at Presque Isle's National Society of Leadership and Success chapter hosted a Red Cross Blood Drive from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, in the Gentile Hall gym.
Traditionally, UMPI helps to put on three blood drives during the year for the American Red Cross — in the spring, summer, and fall. In fact, since 1987, more than 5,000 pints of blood have been collected at UMPI through these drives. The school hopes to keep this tradition going. Everyone is encouraged to help save lives at one of the largest American Red Cross blood drives in Aroostook County.
Leadership Tips: Remember That You’re Human
Perhaps one of the best leadership lessons available has its origins in the Roman Empire. (Most articles on leadership won’t venture as far as ancient Rome, but this clearly isn’t your average leadership article.) During the Roman Triumphs — ceremonies meant to celebrate the successes of the Roman military and its leaders — it’s purported that a slave would hold a crown of laurels over the head of the feted general, while whispering the phrase “Memento mori” into his ear — “Remember you are mortal.” Given what we know of many of the generals and emperors who seemingly forgot that lesson, and the fate of the Roman empire itself, it’s not a bad source for advice.
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 email@example.com. 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!