The National Society of Leadership and Success
We Build Leaders Who Make a Better World.
The Society is an organization that helps people discover and achieve their goals. The Society offers life-changing lectures from the nation’s leading presenters and a community where like-minded success oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed. The Society also serves as a powerful force of good in the greater community by encouraging and organizing action to better the world.
Leadership at its best
The Society is founded upon the core beliefs that: one can achieve one’s dreams with the proper support and dedicated action, and that we accomplish more together than we would achieve alone.
It was founded in 2001 with the sole purpose of creating lasting positive change. Beginning with a handful of chapters and no membership component, the Society now reaches more than 130,000 students around the world.
The Society encourages community action, volunteerism, personal growth and strong leadership from its chapters and members around the world.
To learn more about the national organization, click [HERE].
The process to join the Society begins with a nomination by a member of the UVa-Wise community – students, faculty, and staff – during the designated nomination periods (November for spring membership & April for fall membership). Nominees must be success-oriented campus leaders who have a 3.0 or greater GPA and are in good standing as students at UVa-Wise. Upon review of nominations, viable nominees are sent a letter of invitation outlining the details required to complete membership.
New members complete the following steps to Induction in a given semester: participation in extensive Orientation and Leadership Training Day events, complete three peer Success Networking Team meetings, attend three Speaker Broadcasts, and serve on one NSLS committee.
Two induction ceremonies are held each academic year (fall and spring) to honor those students who have completed the required steps for lifetime NSLS membership. Additionally, NSLS members honor others within the campus community with select awards.
The 2014-2015 Academic Year was a big one for the UVa-Wise NSLS chapter. In April 2015, the chapter was named to the Founder’s List, a national office recognition for chapter best practices. At the Student Leadership Banquet in April 2015, the chapter was recognized with the 2014-2015 Best Overall Program of the Year for its second annual Campus Shoebox Campaign, and co-advisor, Stephanie Shell was named a 2014-2015 Advisor of the Year. The chapter also won the 2014 Silver Saber Spirit Competition, an SGA-sponsored Homecoming series of events each fall.
The Outstanding Student Leader Award (OSL) is the highest honor in the area of student leadership that is awarded at UVa-Wise each year. NSLS members R. Nikki Lane (2013-2014), Erin Beach (2012-2013) and Luke Rasnick (2011-2012) are OSL honorees.
In 2013, the Campus Shoebox Campaign led by NSLS collected over 250 shoeboxes for the Operation Christmas Child program from individuals, clubs and departments. The Chapter was recognized with the 2013-2014 Service Program of the Year.
During its inaugural year, the UVa-Wise NSLS chapter was recognized as the 2011-2012 Best New Student Organization and with the 2011-2012 UVa-Wise Best New Program for its Speaker Broadcasts.
Members and Honorees
Two induction ceremonies are held each academic year (fall and spring) to honor those students who have completed the required steps for lifetime NSLS membership. Additionally, NSLS members honor others within the campus community with select awards. Current and past honorees are listed below.
Spring 2015 Inducted Members & Honorees
The following individuals have completed requirements for induction and were inducted during an April 19 ceremony — Daria Blach, Andrew Chapman, Carlie Clark, Morgan Cline, Torey Dorton, Hope Dotson, Jake Garman, Caitlin Niece, Allie Robinson, Zane Sturgill, Haley Thacker, Lauren Welborn, & Taylor Yeary.
These past inductees have completed additional requirements and were recognized with the National Engaged Leader Award (NELA) — Vince Freels, Heather Huntington, Victoria Pedigo, Veronica Sanchez, & Sharmae Stringfield.
Honorary Memberships – Chris Davis, Rachel Rose, & Margie Tomann
Excellence in Teaching Awards – Kristina Feeser, Madelynn Shell, & Rachel Tighe
Excellence in Service to Students – Sarah Smith Carlson, Josh Justice, & Santana VanDyke
Fall 2014 Inducted Members & Honorees
The following individuals have completed requirements for induction and were inducted during a November 30 ceremony — Cassandra Blackwell, T. Bryce Carter, Cassondra Chadwell, Jennifer Fedenisn, Vince Freels, Heather Huntington, Jessalyn Mullins, S. Casey Mullins, Victoria Pedigo, Marissa Riley, Sharmae Stringfield, A. Townley Williams, and Tanner Winesett.
These past inductees have completed additional requirements and were recognized with the National Engaged Leader Award (NELA) — Ahliyah Gavin and Sass Sloce.
Honorary Memberships – David Amos, Tabitha Smith, and Kim Ward
Excellence in Teaching Awards – Tom Costa, Frank Frey, and Walter Smith
Excellence in Service to Students – Lisa Fisher, Valerie Lawson, and Mikaela Logan
The members of the 2015-2016 Executive Board are:
- Shannon Walker, President
- Tanner Winesett, Vice President
- Chelsea Brummitt, Secretary
- Zane Sturgill, Treasurer
- Cassandra Blackwell, SNT Coordinator
- Sharmae Stringfield, Fundraising Chair
- Joy Mitchell, Publicity Chair
- Jessalyn Mullins, Society Outreach Chair
- Stephanie Shell & Jewell Worley, Advisors
Fall 2015 Events
NSLS offers a Speaker Broadcast Series with national speakers each semester. While attendance is required for new members, the free events are also open to the public. The fall 2015 series will be streamed live and hosted by New Jersey City University (NJ). The UVa-Wise chapter offers two opportunities to hear each speaker — the live broadcast and a second re-broadcast. Here is the fall 2015 broadcast schedule:
Speaker #1 – Al Roker, Heroism in Disaster
Live Broadcast – Tue., October 6 @ 7 pm, Cantrell Banquet Hall
Re-Broadcast – Wed., October 21 @ 6 pm, Cantrell Banquet Hall
Al Roker is the co-host and weather anchor of NBC’s The Today Show, and the co-host of The Weather Channel’s Wake Up with Al. Throughout the years, Roker has reported live from some of history’s worst storms and natural disasters. In his book The Storm of the Century, Roker tells the inspiring true story of leadership, heroism and survival during the deadliest natural disaster in American history. Al will be speaking about leadership, the resolve of the local community to recover from immense devastation, and the overwhelming national response to the crisis by groups across the country raising funds and supplies.
Speaker #2 – John Maxwell, Intentional Living
Live Broadcast – Tue., October 20 @ 7 pm, Cantrell Banquet Hall
Re-Broadcast – Wed., October 28 @ 6 pm, Cantrell Banquet Hall
John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times Best-Selling author and internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and coach. Maxwell has traveled the world to train more than 5 million leaders including Fortune 500 Companies, Presidents of nations, and many of the world’s top business executives. Maxwell is the recipient of the Mother Theresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership, and was named the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association. John Maxwell will be speaking about his upcoming book, Intentional Living, and will introduce participants to the steps for finding a personal path to intentionally use their influence every day to bring about positive change in the lives of others.
Speaker #3 – John Leguizamo
Live Broadcast – Tue., November 10 @ 7 pm, Cantrell Banquet Hall
Re-Broadcast – Wed., November 18 @ 6 pm, Cantrell Banquet Hall
John Leguizamo is an outspoken and versatile actor, producer and playwright who has impressed audiences worldwide throughout his career. He has been seen in films including Ice Age, Moulin Rouge, Romeo and Juliet, Ride Along, and American Ultra. Leguizamo’s upcoming book, Ghetto Klown, is a unique look at his life and career in the form of a graphic novel. Leguizamo will discuss his rise to fame, the challenges that he overcame, and moving beyond self-doubt to find happiness.
The National Society of Leadership and Success at UVa-Wise
Box 4716, Wise VA 24293