By Diane Karlsbraaten
Nashville is one of the country’s most bustling, energetic cities that never stops, no matter the season. It’s a destination with world-class cultural attractions, diverse neighborhood, and architectural wonders—a place well-suited for over 2,000 future business leaders.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), the largest and oldest student business organization, held their National Leadership Conference (NLC) at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center June 24-27. Conference participants from around the country and the world were in attendance for the NLC and the FBLA-PBL Institute for Leaders.
Hannah McInnes, Robyn Iverson, and Jordan McGath from Lake Region State College received national recognition at the conference.
McInnes and Iverson brought home a tenth place award in Business Ethics and Jordan McGath brought home a tenth place Word Processing award. The Business Ethics event requires PBL students to organize adequately and deliver a presentation effectively as a team. The students need to demonstrate critical thinking skills through the careful analysis of ethical dimensions that are present in their case study. The Word Processing event requires PBL members to demonstrate that they have acquired word processing proficiency beyond the entry level.
“PBL allows students to develop their leadership, communication, and team skills through bringing business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs,” said Advisor Diane Karlsbraaten.
The awards were part of a comprehensive competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL. Individuals and teams who had placed first or second in their state competition were encouraged to compete in any of the over 50 different events representing a wide range of activities. The winners of these highly competitive and prestigious awards were selected from among FBLA-PBL’s membership of 250,000 students and advisers and represent some of the best and brightest of today’s youth.
FBLA-PBL is a non-profit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in 12,000 chartered middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together. The association is headquarters in Reston, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C.