AVHS FBLA officers attend Leadership Conference

AVHS FBLA Officers and Advisor attend the Fall Leadership Conference held in St. Louis on November 10-11.  From left are Jesse Wren, Katie Wren, Hanna-Beth Walker, FBLA Advisor Shelly Walker and Haylee Walker.

Over 800 Missouri middle, high, and college students attended the 2017 Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda National Fall Leadership Conference in St. Louis November 10-11.  

The National Fall Leadership Conference is the premier leadership opportunity for America’s business students each fall.  In total, nearly 2,400 members traveled from across the country to the Show-Me State for two days of leadership development and career planning.

“Missouri had the pleasure and honor of serving as the host to NFLC in St. Louis.  With such a vibrant, rich, and diverse business environment, the Show-Me State was the perfect setting a business conference.  We could not be more proud of the hospitality our local chapters and the state gave to all attendees,” Chris Dzurick, Missouri FBLA-PBL State Adviser.

At NFLC, members toured businesses like Edward Jones and Peabody Electric, both headquartered in St. Louis.  Workshops from industry leaders expanded horizons of many students, with presenters from MBA Research and even ABC TV personality Val Baldwin.  Exclusive tracks were also available for students who were new to FBLA-PBL, providing them with a chance to learn leadership essentials.  

Two general session keynotes rounded out the conference, with speakers Rhett Laubach and Scott Backovich.  The sessions were led by Phi Beta Lambda National President Kimberly Clark, a senior at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo.  FBLA North Central Region Vice President Ryan Siegel, a senior at Otterville High School in Otterville, Mo., assisted in leading the sessions.  Missouri was awarded largest FBLA (high school) chapter in attendance and largest PBL (college) chapter in attendance.

“It was an amazing conference with great keynote speakers, workshops, exhibitors, business tours, and of course the opportunity to see the St. Louis Arch.” Jean Buckley, President and CEO of FBLA-PBL.

Missouri FBLA-PBL, under the guidance of Business, Marketing, and IT Education Director Lori Brewer, Supervisor Chris Dzurick, and Administrative Assistant Susan Kulyan, acted as the host committee.  This included the development of workshops, activities, business tours, and serving as the onsite staff for the conference.  Missouri FBLA-PBL’s Executive Leadership Team volunteered and welcomed members.

Missouri FBLA-PBL, a chartered member of National FBLA-PBL, is a registered 501(c)3.  Their mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.  Missouri FBLA-PBL membership exceeds 16,000, making it the second largest state chapter of the organization in the nation and the second largest career and technical student organization in Missouri.

Arcadia Valley FBLA officers attended the conference along with the club advisor, Shelly Walker.