About 1,700 NLU students will soon be receiving a letter in the mail inviting them to join the National Society of Leadership and Success, an honorary society which awards $150,000 in scholarships and offers enviable networking opportunities and invitations to celebrity events.
Perhaps more important, the Society offers coaching to focus on students’ goals, so that 93 percent of its 360,000 members nationwide felt they will be more successful in life because they participated, according to its website.
The society, which is being offered for the first time at NLU, provides a way for students to network with students taking other majors at NLU, said Danielle Laban, Director of Student Experience.
“It’s a way for students who are commuting or taking classes online to develop connections with other majors,” she added.
Students can also network with other students at the 434 member universities across the nation. That could come in handy during a job search, and the fact the society maintains its own job base could help too.
Perks include hearing speakers like Arianna Huffington, the rapper Common, the founder of Mrs. Field’s Cookies and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Each university determines its own criteria for eligibility in the society; at NLU, students will have to meet a certain GPA, take a certain number of credit hours and demonstrate attendance and involvement at events, said Amanda DaSilva, Associate Director of Student Development. Students are encouraged to take part in NSLS activities, she added.
Students who receive invitations can decide whether they want to join. The $85 lifetime membership fee entitles them to online resources, small-group coaching and a Leadership Training Day, which is designed to help students identify their strengths and weaknesses and orient them towards success.