WC’s National Society of Leadership and Success to Host Futurist Marvin Dejean

November 19, 2020

New Campus Organization Holding Inaugural Induction Ceremony Monday Evening

Acclaimed business futurist Marvin Dejean will serve as the keynote speaker for Wilmington College’s National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) induction ceremony and celebration on Monday (Nov. 23).

PICTURED: Guest speaker Marvin Dejean

Dejean will deliver his address virtually to the NSLS graduating class with a talk, “The Leader That No One Sees,” which will highlight the emerging skills needed for 21st century leaders. It will focus on the emerging trends that are reshaping our world in the 21st century and the skills emerging leaders will need to successfully lead in a technologically driven and rapidly changing world.

“We are at the entry point of a world that will be radically different than anything we have ever seen on our planet,” Dejean said, noting that both the level of risks and opportunities available to the next generation of leaders will grow exponentially in the next decades. “Our world will need a very different type of leader to tackle the challenges ahead, and the NSLS is at the forefront of preparing the right leaders for the right time.”

Dejean, who said he is honored to share some insights with the WC students, is a leading business futurist, transformational strategist and an “unapologetic evangelist” for outcomes-driven innovation to corporate and social challenges. As the senior managing partner of Gilead Sanders LLC., he helps organizations and individuals take the quantum leap into the 21st-century global marketplace.

He is the author of the forthcoming book, The Big Pivot: Transforming Your Business into a 21st Century Digital Powerhouse. Dejean has worked with such business, government and philanthropy entities as Western Union, The Urban league, Florida Blue, Disney and Cisco Systems.

Kayla Wyse, student president of Wilmington College NSLS Chapter, said,

“This year was a trial that called everyone to greater leadership, greater communication and greater flexibility. It is like we were standing on a cliff and 2020 pushed us off the cliff and we had two choices: to fly or fall.

“To me, courageous leadership means to know when to fall and when to fly,” she added. “By joining NSLS and becoming the student president, I have learned what it means to be a courageous leader. 2020 did not happen to me, but for me.”

The NSLS encourages community action, volunteerism, personal growth and strong leadership from its members at over 700 campuses. Through its Greek signature Sigma Alpha Pi, the organization stands for Success, Action and Purpose — Success coming from continual Action towards one’s Purpose — all of which are at the core of the NSLS identity.