The NSLS Featured in the News
NSLS members across the country are actively working in being leaders who make a better world. You can find some of their stories covered in the news below.
NSLS Member at Rutgers University-Newark Selected as Schwarzman Scholar
Posted on: Jan/10/2019
NSLS Member Mussab Ali | Photo By Mel Evans, Rutgers Today
By Cynthia Medina and Nora Luongo
A recent Rutgers graduate and two seniors were named today as the university’s first Schwarzman Scholars, a prestigious global program designed to help students develop their leadership skills while pursuing a master’s degree in global affairs at one of the top universities in China.
Rutgers University-New Brunswick senior Nick Pellitta, Haoyang Yu, a 2015 Rutgers-New Brunswick graduate, and Mussab Ali, a senior at Rutgers University-Newark, will spend a year studying at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
The trio is already a standout group. In 2017, Ali became the youngest person ever elected to the Jersey City school board and is also a recipient of the elite Truman scholarship, awarded to students with exceptional leadership potential. Yu, who holds a degree in computer engineering from Rutgers, leads a team at Goldman Sachs as a senior analyst in derivatives processing engineering. Pellitta, who is majoring in both economics and political science, hopes to one day serve in public office and to improve the lives of people in New Jersey.
“It is really exciting to be a recipient of a Schwarzman scholarship and to be part of this growing network of international leaders,’’ Ali said. “I think too often people here focus on American ideas and struggle to understand what other people do. Considering how fast China has risen in the global economy, I am excited to look at the ways they are different from us and what we can learn from them.’’
Pellitta is looking forward to the experience for similar reasons.
“I think one of the most important parts of good governance is being able to understand the perspectives of people who come from very different backgrounds,’’ said Pellitta, a School of Arts and Sciences and Rutgers-New Brunswick Honors College student from Flemington. “Living in China for a year will be a great opportunity to learn about the political, economic, social and cultural life there, and I hope to use those lessons to shape my views on the world and the relationship that the United States will have with China in the future.’’
Ali, Pellitta and Yu are among 147 scholars selected from more than 2,800 applicants. The recipients come from 38 countries and 119 universities – with 40 percent originating from the United States, 20 percent from China and the remaining 40 percent from around the world.
The program, launched in 2016, was created by Blackstone Group Chairman and CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman. It provides full scholarships to prepare the next generation of business, political and civil society leaders to create change in the geopolitical landscape of the 21st century.
“We are extremely proud that three of our best and brightest students are the first-ever Rutgers recipients of the Schwarzman scholarship,” said Ben. Sifuentes-Jáuregui, vice chancellor for Undergraduate Academic Affairs at Rutgers-New Brunswick. “Their success demonstrates how Rutgers is at the forefront of training the next generation of global leaders.’’
While studying in Beijing, the students will be able to select a concentration in public policy, economics and business, or international studies while learning from the country’s top business leaders. The program offers a year of cultural immersion, opportunities to travel throughout China, work with mentors and participate in leadership training.
Ali, who broke ground as the first Muslim to serve on the Jersey City school board and was recently re-elected to a second term, is looking to start a nonprofit organization to train young people to become more involved civically. He is hoping to use his experience as a Schwarzman Scholar to create more opportunities for youth in Jersey City. “I’m already thinking about ways I can leverage being on a school board and impacting Jersey City education with this international experience. Especially looking at the demographics of Jersey City, most of these kids have never had international experiences.”
Arthur D. Casciato, director for the Office of Distinguished Fellowships within the Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, worked with Ali and Pellitta and praised their skills.
“Right from the beginning, I recognized that these two extraordinarily talented and committed young men, both Jersey boys through and through, would make Rutgers and their home state very proud,” Casciato said.
Yu, who will be leaving Goldman Sachs for the scholarship opportunity, said it was a difficult decision, but his experience at Rutgers taught him that sometimes the risk is worth the reward.
“I want to become an entrepreneur and eventually move back to China, so I had to decide what was most important to me. I need leadership and networking platforms to continue to grow,” said Yu. “In five to 10 years, I hope to build my own company in financial technology. If I stayed here, I could grow step by step, but if I take this risk, I can reach my goals much faster.”
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THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF LEADERSHIP AND SUCCESS AT JOHN JAY BRINGS SIR RICHARD BRANSON TO CAMPUS
Posted on: Aug/15/2018
On October 17, Sir Richard Branson visited John Jay College to speak about the role of social good in business as part of a live national broadcast organized by the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS). “Your idea must make a positive impact in people’s lives,” Branson said in front of an audience that included students, staff, faculty, and President Karol V. Mason. “Otherwise what's the point?” As part of their goal to develop the leadership potential of students, NSLS, which has over 500 chapters on campuses nationwide, offers students the opportunity to hear from influential leaders from a variety of fields. In addition to Branson, NSLS has hosted talks with Trevor Noah, Anderson Cooper, Arianna Huffington, and many more. Because they are broadcast nationally as well as recorded for later viewing, each talk is accessible to students regardless of where they are based. At John Jay, the NSLS chapter is relatively new at only three years old, but the chapter’s future has been promising since its inception in 2015 when former student and Forensic Psychology major Angelica Puente-Soto approached Danielle Officer, Director of the Center for Student Involvement & Leadership, with the idea to start the chapter on campus. Once approved, the program quickly grew. “Our goal was to have 50 students, but in that first year, we had nearly 600. We ended up having induction in the school gymnasium, and the President of the Society attended,” said Officer.
KENS Around Town 7.5.18
Posted on: Aug/01/2018
On July 5th, Student President LaKishya Armstrong and the NSLS chapter at University of the Incarnate Word were featured on KENS Around Town for their recent Red Cross- Blood Donation service event.
SCC students recognized
Posted on: Jul/04/2018
The National Society of Leadership and Success chapter at Surry Community College recently inducted 79 students into the organization during its annual induction ceremony in the Grand Hall of the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology.
Edison State Students Join National Society of Leadership and Success
Posted on: Jun/15/2018
The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) welcomed twenty-five inductees from Edison State Community College during the spring semester. Advisor and Associate Professor William is confident that the newly inducted members will give participants a leading edge in the workforce. “It was great to see these students learn about success and leadership throughout the past year,” said Loudermilk. “They all completed the rigorous five step program which included accepting nomination, attending orientation, attending leadership training, attending at least three lectures, and meeting with a smaller group of fellow students multiple times.” “The NSLS program does an excellent job of teaching about setting and achieving goals and a great job building community and relationships among Edison State students.”
Mars native hopes to own calligraphy business
Posted on: Jun/14/2018
Now a junior in college, Myron, a Mars native, has found a passion in the art form, and was recently awarded a Dream Support Grant through The National Society of Leadership and Success that she hopes will allow her to own her own calligraphy business.
Awards Piling Up for PCC’s NSLS Chapter
Posted on: Jun/05/2018
Should the current trend of success continue for Pitt Community College’s National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) chapter, the student organization will need a building on campus to showcase its awards. Already the recipient of several prestigious honors for its efforts to ‘build leaders who make a better world,’ the PCC group received a Distinguished Chapter Award from the national organization in May. At the same time, Faith Fagan, an administrative assistant within the PCC Public Services and Fine Arts Division, was awarded $300 as NSLS Advisor of the Year. “There are 600 NSLS chapters nationwide, and PCC was the only community college this year to receive a Distinguished Chapter Award,” Fagan said. “The other winners were from universities, so this was quite an accomplishment for Pitt.”
Midlands Technical College Students Inducted Into Nation's Largest Leadership Honor Society
Posted on: May/02/2018
The Midlands Technical College Sigma Alpha Pi Chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success celebrated the induction of 166 new student members at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, which was packed with family and friends. The chapter now has 322 student leaders. “Our society chapter was founded to help our members create the success they want,” said Chapter President Chukwudi Nwajiaku. “The chapter does this by enabling members to engage in reflection and self-exploration, and it provides them with tools for action, inspiration to hold members accountable, and motivation to achieve their goals.”
Two represent ESCC on All-Alabama Academic Team
Posted on: Apr/19/2018
Congratulations to Haley Rose McInnis, Society Chapter President at Enterprise State Community College for being nominated to the state of Alabama’s elite All-Alabama Academic Team!
Students Shine at 2018 Achievement Showcase
Posted on: Apr/11/2018
Dozens of Brookdale’s most involved and accomplished students received some well deserved time in the spotlight April 10 during the 2018 Student Achievement Showcase, held in the Student Life Center in Lincroft. The program, organized by Brookdale faculty and staff, featured 17 presentations by a variety of student clubs, campus organizations and individuals, including members of the Brookdale Honors Program, the Global Citizenship Project, The Innovation Network (TIN) and The National Society of Leadership and Success.