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IU Northwest chapter of the National Society for Leadership & Success to host internationally recognized speakers

Speakers to address attendees via live feed throughout Fall 2010 Semester


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National Society for Leadership and Success

Indiana University Northwest Chapter of the National Society for Leadership & Success (NSLS) is proud to announce the Fall 2010 semester lineup of internationally known speakers.

All presentations will be brought to the students, faculty and staff of IU Northwest via a live satellite feed in the Library Conference Center (Room 105ABC), located on campus along 35th Avenue in Gary.

The events, sponsored by the campus leadership society, cover topics anchored in inspiration, dedication and self-improvement.

The campus community, as well as the greater Northwest Indiana community, are invited and encouraged to attend the upcoming events featuring highly recognizable and esteemed speakers.

The IU Northwest NSLS chapter urges attendees to RSVP for each event. To reserve your seat, please contact Tameka White at (219) 980-6755 or

Sept. 28: ‘Your Success Capacity’

The first semester event sponsored by the IU Northwest chapter of NSLS will take place via a live satellite feed on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Library Conference Center (Room 105ABC).

The presentation, entitled ‘Your Success Capacity’, will include a presentation by Shawn Harper, a former NFL player.

Harper’s unique ability to engage and inspire his audiences stems from his rags-to-riches background that enables him to connect with people from all walks of life. Born and raised in poverty, Harper overcame the seemingly insurmountable obstacles of four learning disabilities, speech challenges and the lowest GPA in his high school class.

He rose from his disadvantages to win several national achievement awards, played on multiple NFL teams, blocked for two Heisman trophy candidates and two all-pro running backs, and currently serves as CEO of American Services and Protection in Columbus, Ohio.

Harper’s presentation will address several topics, including learning simple techniques to expand your success toolkit, expanding your ability to accomplish goals and dreams, and focusing on becoming your personal ally rather than enemy.

Oct. 19: ‘Creating Your Most Passionate Life’

Join the IU Northwest chapter of the NSLS for another event hosted on Tuesday, Oct. 19 featuring Patrick Combs, a bestselling author, inspirational speaker, comedic actor and co-founder of a global personal development company worth millions.

The live satellite feed will be held at 6 p.m. in the Library Conference Center (Room 105ABC). The presentation is entitled ‘Creating Your Most Passionate Life’ and will discuss forming daily habits to maintain passions, steps to handling a rough economy, and encouragement to choose your passion and bliss.

Raised by a single mother of little financial means in a small town, Combs was the first person from his family to complete college. He is a passionate entrepreneur who is “on fire for life” and navigates his life with passion and perseverance. 

Combs has spent the last three years interviewing more than 150 extraordinary individuals from all walks of life. From his research and discussions, he has developed presentations aimed to influence and engage audiences around the globe.

Nov. 9: ‘Revealing a More Beautiful You’

Nigel Barker, best known for his participation as a judge and photographer on “America’s Next Top Model,” will present at the NSLS’s November live satellite event. The presentation will start at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9 in the Library Conference Center (Room 105ABC).

Barker’s photographs have been printed in major fashion magazines from around the world, and he routinely stars in promotions for both Sony and Microsoft. Barker is also devoted to his humanitarian work for organizations such as The Humane Society of the United States and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Barker will address the crowd, via satellite feed, focusing on how to concentrate on confidence, increase your allure and radiate compassion.

Success for the IU Northwest chapter

The IU Northwest chapter of Sigma Alpha Pi, the National Society of Leadership and Success, has experienced tremendous success and student interest.

Since 2009, the program has grown from 16 members to more than 60, and has received interest from nearly 100 students.

Charlotte Reed, co-advisor for the IU Northwest chapter, believes the program is so popular among students because of how the national program is organized.

“The program has been so successful because it encourages students, from diverse backgrounds, to work towards achieving their individual goals,” Reed said.

For more information about the National Society for Leadership and Success, please visit