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Business students compete at nationals

By   Diane Karlsbraaten

Chicago 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 Hyatt Regency Chicago 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. The competitors were from two and four year schools.

Attending from Lake Region State College were Robyn Iverson, Charlene Gray, Carah Hestdalen and their advisor, Diane Karlsbraaten. 

Iverson brought home a tenth place award in Client Service. Client Service is a role play event that requires the competitor to provide customer service to a client (judges). They receive a specific customer service situation and are given ten minutes to prepare before the seven minute role play begins. To reach the top ten, Robyn had to compete in the preliminary event which included 45 competitors as well as the finals which included 15 competitors.

“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.