Andy Cohen inspires students

Anne Wilhelms

Andy Cohen, the executive producer of “Real Housewives,” a two-time New York Times bestselling author and talk show and radio host spoke via Skype in Reeve Union theatre on Wednesday.

The National Society of Leadership and Success hosted the speaker as part of their Thought Leader series.

According to the National Society of Leadership and Success’ website, The Society is “the nation’s largest leadership honor society… candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction.”

The Society has already hosted two other speaker livestreams: Dolvett Quince, a celebrity trainer on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” and Leigh Anne Tuohy, the inspiration behind “The Blind Side.”

President of the Oshkosh chapter of the Society said she chooses their speakers based on their roles in society and the ways their stories affect and inspire others.

“We actually, at Oshkosh, don’t pick our speakers,” Krutzik said. “They’re decided by the national chapter in New Jersey. They pick all the speakers… I’m guessing just because he does serve good leadership roles in society and would make a good person to influence our campus.”

Krutzik said the messages the speakers give can be carried on long after the event is over.

“I definitely think that the messages of all of our speakers [give] can help not only the attendees, but also their friends and families because they can pass along their messages,” Krutzik said. “Passing it forward and keeping it going and not just at the meetings.”

During the livestream, Andy Cohen talked about his career and how he started from waiting tables in New York to working for Bravo with “Real Housewives” and “Watch What Happens: Live.”

Students like freshman Colleen Bur said she went into the event looking for different tips but came out with motivation and inspiration for her future.

“I was kind of hoping on tips on how to move forward, business strategies, how to succeed,” Bur said. “I do think it was a good inspirational story. It was really motivating, and kind of ‘you can do it! You’ve got this’ kind of thing.”

Senior Emma Tousey said Cohen’s presentation can help anyone interested in the entertainment industry.

“It’s cool for students to see that he is famous and if students want to go down that path in TV and follow the steps he took, it will benefit their future,” Tousey said.