Christine Pitts joined the National Office team in July 2015 as a Chapter Support Manager. We are proud to introduce you to a new Society staffer!
How would you describe your first month at the National Office, and what is your favorite part of working here so far?
I was told very often during my time as a graduate student that, “your first job will never be your dream job.” Working for the Society is my first job out of graduate school. While it may only be my first month at the National Office, I am fairly confident in stating that the people who told me that were dead wrong. The Society has been fun, exciting, and maybe a little scary, but I think that’s normal with any transition. I have never felt so welcomed and comfortable so quickly in a new position.
Over the last two weeks, we have shared the first two entries of a three-piece segment highlighting Montclair State University chapter member Adanna Amaechi on her Society-sponsored study abroad trip to Vilnius, Lithuania. Today, we’re happy to share part three of her journey. Enjoy!
Last week, we shared the first of a three-piece segment highlighting Montclair State University chapter member Adanna Amaechi on her Society-sponsored study abroad trip to Vilnius, Lithuania. Today, we’re happy to share part two of her journey. Enjoy!
Congratulations to Global Leader Scholarship recipient Adanna Amaechi from the Society chapter at Montclair State University.
Adanna Amaechi grew up in Nigeria, where she witnessed the effects of corruption and substandard health-related services. That experience propelled her to study public health (with a minor in economics) at the undergraduate level so she could understand the correlation between inappropriate allocation of resources and barriers to development. Adanna’s career goal is to promote civic empowerment and engagement as an intervention to address social development challenges.
Shelby Liggett is a rising senior majoring in Radiologic Science at Avila University in Kansas City, Mo., and currently holds the Community Service Chair position for her Society chapter. As a result of being awarded the Student Leadership Program Grant, the Society was able to send Shelby to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Conference in New Mexico this year.
Zach Levin joined the National Office team in February 2015 as a Chapter Support Manager. We are proud to introduce you to another Society staffer!
Zach, tell us a little about yourself.
I hail from an arctic tundra also known as Central New York. Born on the shore of Lake Ontario, I guess you could argue that I lived in fear of polar bear attacks, but that was more of an irrational fear. My only comfort through the harsh winter was the thought that soon summer would arrive, promising at least one day of warmth where I could roll up my snow pant legs and soak up the sun.
My name is Alyssa Phillips. That in itself for the longest time was insignificant. I was just surviving, just barely getting by, and each day it seemed to be harder and harder to just get by. I had big thoughts but I could never really get to them because of the task of living day to day. I joined The National Society of Leadership and Success because I had big thoughts and I figured why not. It was just another thing that filled my day. The speakers had good messages but not a single one spoke to me until Arianna Huffington started to speak about "Thrive."
On Saturday, June 6th, 65 Chapter Leaders from 30 chapters across the southeast region came together in Morrow, Ga., for an unforgettable day of networking, team building and professional development. Special guest Gary Tuerack, founder of The National Society of Leadership and Success, was also in attendance. He inspired the crowd with words of encouragement and great advice to put into action upon leaving the retreat.
While there are some days when you feel naturally energetic at the office, there are many others when you don’t even want to look at the pile of work on your desk. As a result, you waste your time and fail to complete tasks and reach your goals. To avoid feeling a lack of concentration or mental focus at work, it is wise to consider some techniques to improve your focus and handle the work efficiently.
The chapter at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise may be one of the Society’s smaller chapters, with 169 lifetime members, but it’s making a big impact on campus. This past November, the chapter held a Campus Shoebox drive in support of the Operation Christmas Child program by the international relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse. More than 40 members collected a total of 230 boxes, which were shipped all over the world. Each box contained toiletries (washcloth, bar of soap, toothbrush, and toothpaste); school supplies (paper, crayons, pencils, and sharpener) and a few fun items (ball, doll, playdough, hard candies/lollipops/gum, hair accessories, etc.).