The NSLS News
Letter from the President
Dear NSLS Member,
First, let me say that at this time of uncertainty, I hope this letter finds you safe and well. The world, as we knew it just a few months ago, is quite different now. Many of us are trying to make sense of it all as we figure out how to move forward. One thing history has shown us repeatedly is that in a time of adversity, strong leadership is the anchor in society that can help us make it through. So rest assured, the NSLS remains committed to building leaders and providing resources to help you navigate the days ahead.
One of the new conditions we’ve all had to get used to is social distancing. To address this obstacle, the NSLS has expanded content and access to our online programs and curriculums, including new virtual induction ceremony experiences and webinars featuring some exciting guests. More than 15,000 new inductees have already attended or RSVP’d to one of our virtual inductions! We have also transitioned our internship program, in which students start and lead new NSLS chapters, into an online, remote experience. These are just a few of the opportunities we have developed so your leadership journey remains engaging and uninterrupted.
Regarding successful leadership in a difficult time, staying informed is the first step. Research reputable sources for the most accurate best practices that promote health and safety. I’ve listed a few below. Once you have armed yourself with this knowledge, be an advocate, and share the information with friends and family. Many of the tips recommended may seem like common sense, but some people may be unaware, so this is a perfect opportunity to be proactive and put your leadership skills to great use:
Tips on leadership, safety, and wellness during the global concern of COVID-19:
Avoid crowded areas when going out. This is especially true for people over 60 years old and people with any underlying health problems-but younger people are vulnerable too. Avoid close contact with people who display flu-like symptoms, including coughing and sneezing. (Medical News Today)
Stay abreast of the local and regional exposure of Coronavirus. This allows more informed decision making with travel plans and activities. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is one of the most meticulous resources for COVID-19 cases, tracking them daily within every region of the Americas. (The Pan American Health Organization)
The CDC recommends that we maintain a distance of 6 feet from others in public. However, when that’s not possible, we should wear a cloth mask that covers the mouth and nose. This recommendation is intended to stop the spread of the virus from asymptomatic people who are unaware they’ve already contracted the virus. (CDC.Gov)
I encourage you to keep these helpful tips in mind as we welcome May with optimism, and anticipation of all that blooms in the season.
Best of luck,
The National Society of Leadership and Success
Continue Reading below in the Monthly Motivation section for more tips on effective leadership.
The NSLS Lead From Home Webinar Series Welcomes Financial Guru Suze Orman
We’re excited to announce that personal finance expert Suze Orman will be joining us for our next Leading From Home Broadcast taking place on Saturday, May 9 at 11:30am ET! Click here to RSVP now and reserve your spot!
Suze is one of the most respected voices in the financial world and is known for providing practical strategies and thoughtful money advice on how people can prepare for short and long term goals, repair bad credit, and identify steps needed for economic maintenance and recovery.
She will be participating in a live, virtual Q&A broadcast that we’d like to invite you to attend. The broadcast will be available to watch on Facebook Live (you do not need a Facebook account to watch).
Scholarships & Awards!
On May 11th we will proudly announce the recipients of our Spring 2020 Scholarships & Awards! In these unprecedented times, it’s our honor to provide such financial opportunities to our community of members. While we regrettably cannot award a scholarship to each applicant, we sincerely thank all who applied and encourage you to do so in each new semester.
Audible $1,000 Scholarship Recipient
One member who took advantage of our Audible membership benefit and shared their favorite learning from a specific audiobook was randomly selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship. Learn more about our partnership at www.audible.com/nsls.
Melanie Ho, Biola University
April Motivational Monday $1,000 Scholarship Recipients
Listen for the keyword in each week's Motivational Monday episode. Tweet it to @theNSLS and use #theNSLS. Scholarships are courtesy of our partnership with Audible. Our weekly winner is announced via Twitter on Fridays.
Taylor Moore, Tennessee State University
Angela Swearman, Southern New Hampshire University
Jenna Falco, University of Central Florida
Andrew Lee, The University of Alaska, Anchorage
April “Communication Styles” Video Winners
Members who share their communication style with @theNSLS and include #theNSLS on social media are entered to win a $50 gift card.
Troy Legette, University of Phoenix
Eva Talbert, Temple University
Mercedes Ricondo, University of Phoenix
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An Exciting New Appointment for NSLS Online Member at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.
The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) Johns Hopkins Carey Business School – Online member, Bridget Toomey MS, CPC, has been appointed for a two year term to the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) Coding and Reimbursement Task Force. The Coding and Reimbursement Task Force represents the interests of gynecologic oncologists regarding regulatory issues, such as CPT code applications and RVU surveys that impact coding, billing and reimbursement.
Cancer advocacy is a passion for Bridget and one she has focused on during her leadership journey with the NSLS. For Bridget’s community service project for the Advanced Leadership Certificate she reviewed new clinical trial Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications and patient consent forms for new clinical trials at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at University of Iowa Health Care. For her Better World Project as part of the Executive Leadership Certificate, Bridget again turned to her cancer advocacy work with ovarian cancer and focused on her role as a Lead Volunteer with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and their Cancer Votes initiative.
With the title of 2019-2020, Gen2End Ambassador Bridget helped to spearhead Cancer Votes in the state of Iowa during the lead up to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses. Cancer Votes is the nation’s leading election program educating the public and candidates about the actions lawmakers should take to make fighting cancer a national priority.
Congratulations, Bridget Toomey, MS, CPC! ( University of Iowa Health Care)
Mott NSLS Gift of Life Organ Donor Drive
The National Society for Leadership and Success was asked to sponsor Mott Community College (MCC) in the Gift of Life Campus Challenge. The mission was a drive to promote the organ donation registry. The specific purpose of this event was to increase the number of donors in Michigan, as one donor can save up to eight lives.
MCC, located in Flint Michigan, was the only community college to be in the Challenge. It finished in second place, adding 118 new names to the donor registry. This was accomplished by presenting the Challenge objective at orientations, leadership training days, SNT meetings on NSLS social media platforms, and in person.
The Challenge took over a month to complete, and MCC had 20 volunteers helping with sign-up tables and spreading the word to classmates, friends, and family. Many volunteers got so attached to the cause that they volunteered for multiple days. A dual-enrolled NSLS member (high school student also taking MCC college classes) obtained a list of high school classmates who were interested in joining the registry as well.
Many people were initially uncomfortable talking about being organ donors based on various myths. We feel that by doing this event, we were able to help eliminate many of those concerns and actually get people interested in becoming donors. It was a significant and rewarding project to be a part of, and we look forward to participating in the Campus Challenge again next year! (https://www.mcc.edu)
COC makes a second donation to Henry Mayo by Emily Alvarenga | Photo Credit: Signalscv
College of the Canyons classified staff members made their second delivery to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, providing the emergency room staff with lunch with some help from community donors and funds raised through a GoFundMe campaign
Cynthia Madia, the campaign’s organizer and an administrative assistant for Career Services and Cooperative Work Experience Education at COC, began fundraising simply as a small-scale leadership project for The National Society of Leadership and Success.
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The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS): Student Leaders at WNMU by Elizabeth Guevera
The National Society of Leadership and Success is a program for members to build their leadership skills through participation on campus or online. The university selects students for membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential. According to the NSLS website, “NSLS is the nation’s largest leadership honor society. Candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction. With 699 chapters, the NSLS currently has 1,138,791 members nationwide.” WNMU established an NSLS chapter in 2017.
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COVID-19: Lessons On Leadership Communications In An Uncertain World by Adrian Dearnell
To open or not to open? That is the question. As uncertainty continues, new leaders may emerge from the crisis, paving the way forward. Thanks to clear and consistent communications, they can rebuild trust with employees and customers alike.
As we begin to look past lockdowns, our pandemic-ridden world is likely to remain in a state of flux. More than ever before, employees and customers aspire for clarity and guidance from leaders they want to be able to trust and respect.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!