The NSLS is an organization that provides a life-changing leadership program that helps students achieve personal growth, career success, and empowers them to have a positive impact in their communities.
With 737 chapters, the NSLS currently has 1,646,963 members nationwide.
We are the dream supporters. We build leaders, support people in achieving their goals, and improve the world in the process. We get people to ask the all-important question, "What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?" Then, give students the tools they need to drive their future forward, establish themselves as leaders among their peers, and build real-world skills that will help them excel in the workplace.
Learning is a life-long journey.
Gaining new skills is imperative for personal and professional growth.
Everyone has leadership potential.
We provide the tools and resources students need to identify and achieve their goals.
We achieve more together than we do alone.
With proper support and dedicated action, we can do extraordinary things.
Before there was the NSLS, founder Gary Tuerack traveled to campuses throughout the country giving presentations on leadership development. Wanting to have a more long-term impact than his individual speeches, he sought to truly affect students’ lives in a more powerful and lasting way. He teamed up with supporting colleges, leading education organizations, and top speakers to develop a program that gives students continual motivation, support, and leadership training in a way that is cost-effective for schools and actionable for students who want to become better leaders.
In September 2001, thousands of students gathered inside college auditoriums to watch the first live broadcast from the NSLS featuring award-winning speakers from around the country. With just 131 members at 16 campuses, the benefits available to students and schools began to speak for themselves. Through word-of-mouth and a growing network, the NSLS became known as the honor society to join if you truly wanted to make a difference and propel your future.
More than 20 years later, the NSLS has reached over 1.5 million student members in all 50 states and awards scholarships each year to help fund their dreams. The organization has grown significantly, adding more curriculum, digital programming options, and events to bring students together in a community of success-oriented peers.
The NSLS exists for the sole purpose of creating lasting positive change. Beginning with only a handful of chapters, the NSLS now reaches over a million students at campuses across the nation. Through program benefits, scholarships and awards, accreditation (through NCCRS and ACE), and more, the NSLS encourages community action, volunteerism, personal growth, and strong leadership from its members at over 700 campuses.
The NSLS is guided by a committed group of national office team members, an advisory board of leading voices in education, and a team of upper-level college administrators from across the country.