Senior Eboni Allen realized she had a passion for leadership during her sophomore year when she was voted captain of the cheerleading squad. It was also during this time that she took a leadership class. "This class helped me to realize I had a passion for leadership, which led me to seek out other opportunities for myself." She began researching different leadership organizations and opportunities on the Internet, stumbling across the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS).
According to the organization's website, the mission of the NSLS "is to be an organization that helps people discover and achieve their goals. The Society offers life-changing lectures from the nation's leading presenters and a community where like-minded, success-oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed. The Society also serves as a powerful force of good in the greater community by encouraging and organizing action to better the world. The Society encourages community action, volunteerism, personal growth, and strong leadership."
"The name itself spoke volumes to me," Allen said. "I researched it a little and decided this was the type of organization I wanted to be a part of. I then went through the very extensive application and interview process to become an intern and bring this organization to Averett's campus."
In its inaugural year, the new campus organization has 80 members. They will hold their first induction in December for those who have completed the necessary requirements. Members are required to attend live speaker broadcasts and then hold discussion groups before submitting homework. They must also participate in peer led success and networking workshops, attend leadership training day at the University and participate in community service.
"My goal for this chapter is that each and every student who is a part of this organization takes something from it," said Allen, who is president. Like Averett, Allen wants her fellow students to be leaders who bring about positive change in the world.