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DOBSON — Surry Community College formed a local chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success during the fall of 2013.

Almost 200 SCC students have joined the society and are working toward becoming full-fledge members to be inducted in April when they will receive pins and honor cords, which may be worn during the SCC Curriculum Graduation in May. Members must complete leadership training by participating in several society activities: orientation, leadership training day, three speaker broadcast events, and three success networking team meetings.

“The National Society of Leadership and Success gives Surry Community College students a wonderful opportunity to prepare themselves as productive and successful community and business leaders,” said Tony Searcy, SCC’s director of Campus Life and Student Support, who was pivotal in starting the local chapter. “The students can also list this leadership training experience on their resumes.”

The National Society of Leadership and Success was founded in 2001 to build leaders who make a better world. As of today, the National Society of Leadership and Success provides these stellar attributes to over 400 active college chapters nationwide and to more than 300,000 members, who embody the mission and serve as a powerful force of good in the greater community by encouraging and organizing action to better the world.

The society helps people discover and achieve their goals and offers life-changing lectures from the nation’s leading presenters and is made up of like-minded, success-oriented individuals who come together and help one another succeed.

When asked how he might sum up the key thing that the society does, founder Gary Tuerack shared, “We are dream supporters — we build leaders, support people in achieving their dreams, and better the world in the process. We get people to ask the all-important question, ‘What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?’ and then help them to achieve those goals.” The guiding question that shapes all the important decisions that the organization makes is: “Are we helping the greatest number of people in the greatest way?”

The National Honor Society is sponsoring three upcoming live video broadcasts of motivational and business speakers. The broadcasts are free and open to the general public. All of the events will be held in the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology on the Dobson campus. The lectures will be streamed live online from New Jersey City University, Jersey City, N.J. All viewers are invited to submit questions via text, which will be answered live by the speakers during the broadcast.

Jim Cramer, the host of CNBC’s Mad Money w/Jim Cramer and co-host of Squawk on The Street, is presenting Get Rich Carefully on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. In Cramer’s presentation, he will discuss how students with college debt can have a chance at financial success. Then, he will explain the value of the stock market and low-risk versus high-risk investing. He will also focus on how anyone can make money work for himself or herself. Cramer will draw upon his 35 years of experience as a Wall Street veteran as he gives financial advice to the audience.

Blake Mycoskie, Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, is participating in a broadcast event called The New Social Entrepreneurism on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. In Mycoskie’s presentation, he will discuss how one can follow his or her own path and achieve success while making a difference in the world. Then, he will review the TOMS’ One for One model and why it works. Lastly, he will focus on how business and philanthropy can go hand in hand. When Mycoskie started TOMS in 2006, his commitment was to give a pair of new shoes to a child in need for every pair sold. Thus, the idea of One for One was born, and it has turned into a global movement. Since then, TOMS has given more than 10 million pairs of new shoes to children in need, and has helped restore sight to more than 200,000 people in need around the world.

Carly Fiorina, the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company, is participating in the third broadcast entitled From Secretary to CEO on Tuesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. In Fiorina’s presentation, she will discuss the steps to turn failure into success and how to unlock the potential in others. She also will examine the importance of understanding that leaders are made, not born, and that leadership potential exists at every level. Drawing on her experiences from her early career as a secretary through the pinnacle of corporate success, Fiorina will share her personal stories and inspirational words of wisdom to motivate and empower the audience.

For more information about the local chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success, contact Searcy at 386-3246 or searcyt@surry.edu. For additional information about the national level, go to www.societyleadership.org.

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