Meet National Society of Leadership and Success
Advisor and Advisory Leadership Program
Grant Winner Evelyn Ortega
Reposted from The Society Blog
Can you tell us a little about yourself, your work at City College, and your role with the Society?
I am a Dominican woman who was the first female in my family to attend college. I received my Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and minor in Business Administration from Boston University. I received my M.S.Ed from Kaplan University. While I was working on my Master’s I chose to do both my practicums at The City College of New York. They turned into a part-time position which then led me to take over as the Program Coordinator, to now being the Assistant Director for the Office of Student Life and Leadership Development. As the Assistant Director I oversee leadership development programs, diversity programming, community service, school spirit events, and Freshman Orientation, in a nutshell. I am the Chapter Advisor for the CCNY chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Lastly, I am a proud Hermana of Alpha Rho Lambda Sorority, Inc./Alianza de Raíces Latinas.
How did you become involved with the Society?
I first learned about NSLS through the founder Gary [Tuerack], when I took some of my students to the National Conference on Student Leadership in Boston. I filled out a card to learn more, since my students who were present seemed interested in what was being said. I was able to…convince my Director at that time to proceed with trying out this program on our campus.
What are your favorite and least favorite aspects of your work, both at the college and with the Society?
I would say my favorite parts are when I am able to see students who have flourished thanks to their involvement with the NSLS, and least favorite when I see students not take advantage of the opportunities that can help them achieve their potential.
How has the Society affected your work? Your students?
The Society has given me a great opportunity to bring something I believe in and feel is beneficial to our students’ development. I have gotten many students involved that may have never chosen to be involved in campus at all. In turn, students have also gotten involved with other Student Life events and programs.
What advice would you like to share with Society members?
My advice to students who are Society members would be to take advantage of all the resources available to them, such as leadership positions on the Executive Board of their chapter, committee chair positions if available, and of course the scholarships and awards being offered by the Society, because you never know if you will get one unless you apply and apply again if needed.
Who’s your favorite leader, past or present, real of fictional? Why?
One of my favorite leaders is Rosa Parks, because she did not just do as she was told and give in. She stood up for her rights even if it meant prison time for her.
What’s your favorite quote?
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” —Marianne Williamson.