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Letter from the President:

Dear Member,

I hope you've had a rewarding school year so far, full of new and exciting experiences that help shape your successful future. As November begins and we quickly approach the end of the fall semester, many of us will also begin making preparations for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Traditionally, people spend the holidays together, enjoying family gatherings and festivities. However, in light of public safety concerns, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) now advises that we reduce the size of planned gatherings or, instead, rely upon creative and innovative options to celebrate virtually.

A virtual Thanksgiving may seem like a foreign concept, but utilizing your skills as a leader can help make it a success. Here are a few ideas to lead the way for a virtual holiday:

Commit to connecting: Your ability to plan, organize, and create can help you reimagine your family traditions and still make the holidays memorable. That said, basic empathy is among the most admirable leadership traits. As this fall/winter holiday season may be particularly isolating due to social distancing, reach out to family and friends with a warm hello and check in on how they're doing. It will go a long way and make someone’s day.

Think outside the box: When it comes to celebrating, decide upon a holiday theme and an online activity that you can invite others to do with you, remotely. One example might be everyone preparing meals in their own kitchens and then join a Zoom call together for dinner and conversation. Or, perhaps everyone could compete by baking the same dessert and then sharing images of their masterpiece in a Zoom where a group vote decides the best photo. To make it even more competitive, offer up a festive first place prize.

Plan it to a T: Use your organizational skills to coordinate a virtual celebration just as you would a live, in-person event. Provide guests with full details in advance, along with the event's start and finish time and accompanying activity plans. You can invite guests to participate via email or make it feel more official by utilizing one of the many digital party invitation platforms such as Evite to design something more festive. The sky's the limit in the virtual world, so however you choose to celebrate, be creative, and make it fun!

Have a wonderful November and a Happy Thanksgiving.

Best wishes,


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Charles Knippen
The National Society of Leadership and Success



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Scholarship Award Announcements:

Congratulations to our October Giveaway Winners!

Members who share their communication style with @theNSLS and include #theNSLS on social media are entered to win a $50 gift card.
Here are October’s winners:

- Calista Barbowski, University of New Hampshire at Manchester

- Valerie Wolf, SUNY Erie Community College

- Wesley Jackson, University of Phoenix

Additionally, members who complete our post-event satisfaction surveys are automatically entered into a monthly drawing for a $1,000 scholarship! October’s winner is Madison Ricketts from Wagner College!


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Alexis Lenderman-Black and her husband, Justin Black--both NSLS members--are releasing their new book, “Redefining Normal: How Two Foster Kids Beat the Odds and Discovered Healing, Happiness, and Love,” on November 9!

The book provides a thoughtful exchange of ideas and personal experiences to highlight how any person, no matter their background, can overcome painful pasts and find joy and happiness. 

Check out and Amazon for more information on Alexis and Justin, as well as their book.


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Even though Allisha Suing and her family have made more than 2,500 face masks, she doesn’t just throw them together. The National Society of Leadership and Success member is careful about doing a good job. The first three months of her work, Suing used ribbons for her masks instead of elastic. A friend of hers found his mask uncomfortable. “And I didn’t want that for my customers,” Suing shared. Eventually, she switched to elastic. But she kept looking until she found a soft version of elastic.

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Monthly Motivation:

Storytelling Can Make or Break Your Leadership | By Jeff Gothelf

“It’s a new goal-setting framework.” That was one of my large enterprise clients’ attempt at an inspirational rallying cry for their rollout of Objectives and Key Results, or OKRs. As you might expect, it wasn’t met with much enthusiasm: “Why do we need a new goal-setting system?” managers and employees protested. “What will this mean for my evaluation? Am I still on track for that promotion?” The problem wasn’t anything inherent to the proposal — instead, what was lacking was the executive’s storytelling.

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