The National Society of Leadership & Success


We Build Leaders Who Make a Better World.The National Society of Leadership & Success
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 803,000 students around the world.

The Society encourages community action, volunteerism, personal growth and strong leadership from its chapters and members around the world. Learn more about the national organization.


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.  Visit Membership Benefits to learn more.

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.  Visit Previous Members & Honorees (PDF) for a full listing of inducted members and other honorees.

Executive Board

The members of the 2017-2018 Executive Board are:

  • Telena Turner, President
  • Natalie Chapman, Vice President
  • Hanauvet Mullins, Secretary
  • Nancy Pilkenton, Treasurer
  • Colton Collins, SNT Coordinator
  • Mary Akinosi, Fundraising Chair
  • Stephanie Morris, Publicity Chair
  • Vacant, Society Outreach Chair
  • Stephanie Shell & Jewell Worley, Advisors


The UVa-Wise NSLS chapter has received numerous recognitions and honors.  In Spring 2018 and 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 Best Overall Program of the Year for its second annual Campus Shoebox Campaign, and co-advisor, Stephanie Shell was named an Advisor of the Year.  The chapter also is competitive in the Silver Saber Spirit Competition, an SGA-sponsored Homecoming series of events each fall — finishing second in 2015 and winning in 2014.

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 Junetta Nuckels (2015-2016), R. Nikki Lane (2013-2014), Erin Beach (2012-2013) and Luke Rasnick (2011-2012) are OSL honorees.

The Campus Shoebox Campaign continues in fall 2017, with filled boxes due by November 15.  Started 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.



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 UVa-Wise chapter offers two opportunities to hear each speaker — the live broadcast and a second re-broadcast a week later.  Visit UVa-Wise online (News or Calendar) to learn more about speakers each fall (October and November) and spring (February and March).

Fall 2017 speakers:  Genevieve Thiers, Richard Branson, Wendy Williams, & Simon Sinek

Spring 2018 speakers: Thaddeus Bullard (aka Titus O’Neil), Kathryn Minshew & Scott Hamilton

The National Society of Leadership & Success at UVa-Wise

Box 4716, Wise VA 24293