TWC recognized at Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference

Posted on: July 14, 2014

TWC business students competed and placed at PBL conference.

More than 1,700 of America’s best and brightest college students traveled to Nashville, Tenn., to participate in testing designed to measure their business expertise. By doing so, they had the opportunity to win over $50,000 in cash awards.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), the largest and oldest student business organization, held its National Leadership Conference in Nashville from June 24–28. Participants from colleges and universities across the United States and two countries were in attendance for this exciting conference, hoping to sharpen their core business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.

Tennessee Wesleyan College students Whittney Stowe, Kelsey Stewart, and Ramon Rivera received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence on June 27. Rivera competed in Marketing Analysis and Decision Making and placed fifth nationally. Stewart and Stowe competed in Business Law and placed sixth and ninth, respectively, in the nation. 

The awards were part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to the competitions, students immerse themselves in educational workshops, visit an information-packed exhibit hall, and attend motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.

Six TWC students made the trip to Nashville after qualifying by earning top scores on their state-level exams. Other TWC national competitors included Michelle Guerra (Sports Management and Marketing), Caleb Bryson (Project Management and HR Management), and Kristen Camp (Business Communications and HR Management). Accompanying the students to the conference were Tony Bryant and Stacy Swafford, TWC assistant professors of business administration and PBL co-advisers. 

The trip was made possible thanks to the support of Tennessee Wesleyan’s Student Government Association. As the TWC FBLA-PBL chapter enters its fourth year this fall, the students will once again work toward expanding their business skills. Next summer’s conference will be held in Chicago, Ill.