Four members of the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda Chapter from Waynesville Career Center recently traveled to Springfield, Mo., for the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference. 

This conference featured dynamic workshops, innovative keynotes and professional networking opportunities with Fortune 500 companies for members.

New activities this year included LeadershipEDU, an in-depth focused workshop designed to help uncover a student’s true leadership potential, SpecializedEDU, a series of workshops on topics like discovering your passion and maximizing LinkedIn and a brand new interactive conference mobile application. 

“FBLA’s State Leadership Conference was absolutely eye opening. The conference gave me the opportunity to acquire insight and ideas from the future entrepreneurs and leaders of Missouri. I learned how to channel my abilities into putting groups together for a common goal in the leadership games as well. The competitions motivated me to continue improving on both educational and leadership aspects of my life. And I would absolutely encourage anyone to take a leap and pursue their interests within the organization,” said Zoie Francisco, a WHS student. 

More than 5,000 students and advisers came together for the event, with more than 150 business education-related contests running during the event; contest topics ranged from accounting to website design, marketing to mobile application development. 

“Joining FBLA has been an enriching and rewarding experience in which I have been given the opportunity to travel and compete, meet new people, and open doors to bettering my future. Getting the opportunity to go to FBLA State Leadership Conference was such an awesome experience that I am so grateful for and I hope that future students utilize the opportunities FBLA gives them for their future careers and education,” said Kamryn Korth.

Waynesville Career Center brought home the following awards:

• 2nd Place Business Law: Zoie Francisco

• 6th Place Public Speaking: Zoie Francisco

• 3rd Place in Virtual Business Personal Finance: Victoria Hooker & Kamryn Korth

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 15,500, making it the second largest state chapter of the organization in the nation and the second largest CTSO in Missouri.