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Spotlight on a Society Staffer: Zach Levin

Spotlight on Society Staff

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.


Society Spotlight: UVa-Wise

Community Service

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.).


Spotlight on Society Staffer: Erin Gabriel

Spotlight on Society Staff

Erin Gabriel joined the National Office team in December 2013 as a Chapter Support Coordinator and is now a Chapter Support Manager. We are proud to introduce you to another Society staffer!

For the longest time, I thought I was a depressive. Never mind that, actually, I was probably having more fun – and was less frightened of the world – than almost anyone else I knew. But because I felt intense sadness at times, and thought a lot about deep things, and wrote and talked about those things, including about the dark stuff as well as the light, I never felt like I was "happy" enough. People told me I was depressed. I even pigeonholed myself, to an extent, becoming someone who writes about depression. And yes, I have been depressed, even been on antidepressants twice. But does that define me solely as a person with depression? Or does that make me someone who is sensitive, thinks deeply, seeks help when things get bad, and isn't afraid of talking about the darkness?


You can look at a job and think it’s great, but how do you choose the right job for you?


The University of Memphis’s Society chapter hasn’t been around long—it was founded in Fall 2014—but the group is already getting involved on campus and in the surrounding community.


Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute

Contact: Edward Terry, Public Information Officer; 828-726-2202

Date: May 5, 2015

CCC&TI Club Inducts New Members

Hudson, N.C. - Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) recently had an induction ceremony for new members.