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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 Spring 2011 semester


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Emily Banas
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National Society for Leadership & Success

Indiana University Northwest Chapter of the National Society for Leadership & Success (NSLS) is proud to announce the Spring 2011 semester lineup of internationally known speakers.

All presentations will appear 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 motivational 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

January 25: ‘Becoming the Highest Version of Yourself’

The first NSLS event sponsored by the IU Northwest chapter will take place via a live satellite feed on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. in the Library Conference Center (Room 105ABC).

The presentation, entitled ‘Becoming the Highest Version of Yourself,’ will include a presentation by Bertice Berry, Ph.D., best-selling author and award-winning speaker.

Berry combines her skills as a sociologist and researcher with her love of laughter to help engage and move audiences to action. Her strongly held philosophy is that fulfillment comes from multiple pursuits.

Berry’s presentation will address several topics, including illuminating a path for others to live and learn, evolving a version of oneself that transcends competition, and finding the unique journey that will lead one to accomplish their purpose.

In addition to writing four published books, Berry engages in significant community activism. She has graciously donated all of the royalties from the sales of her books to organizations that help families in transition, raise funds for scholarships, and provide resource information to low-income families.

February 22: ‘Unleashing Creativity: Your Most Important Competitive Advantage’

Josh Linkner, founder and chairman for ePrize, a provider of interactive promotions and loyalty solutions, will present via satellite on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. in the Library Conference Center (Room 105ABC).

Linkner has provided digital marketing recommendations and services to 74 of the top 100 brands. His clients include some of the world’s top brands in the travel, automotive, retail, entertainment, financial services, and high-tech industries.

Serving as a keynote speaker, Linker will address breaking free from barriers to unleash creativity, dealing with ambiguity and uncertainty, adapting more quickly and proactively to change, and applying focused creativity to specific business problems of all sizes and shapes.

Linkner was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Automation Alley's CEO of the Year, and the Executive of the Year by the Detroit Executive Association.

An accomplished author, Linkner’s latest book, Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, helps organizations and individuals jumpstart their imagination and build creative teams.

March 22: ‘Creating Your Most Passionate Life’

Join the IU Northwest chapter of the NSLS for another event hosted on Tuesday, March 22 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.

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