FBLA travels to Milwaukee for national conference

(Left to right) PBL member from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Katie Byrne, Damaris Stroker, Mackenzie Slade, Lexi Mendoza, Brenden Tanner, Sheldon Deng, Zach Silver, Carley Berneking, Marissa Scott, Adam Edwards, Shoaib Farooqui, Alex Kinyon, HELP, Max Herman, Maddie Anderson, Xavier, Jade Booth, Alexis Marando.

Future Business Leaders of America traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to attend the National Fall Leadership Conference this past weekend.

Eighteen students explored the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Friday morning before arriving in Milwaukee for the conference.

“It was a beautiful campus, and all of the student seemed so happy,” Mackenzie Slade said.

FBLA members spent Friday afternoon attending various workshops ran by business professionals, state and national FBLA officers, and professional speakers.

“My favorite part about workshops were that you got to choose from a variety of sessions,” Slade said.

The opening session started off with a speech from the national FBLA president, Niel Patel, an update from national officers on FBLA’s notable accomplishments since the last National Leadership Conference, and a speech from Jean Buckley, president and CEO of FBLA.

“Being surrounded by such successful and inspirational people is amazing. Having the opportunity to speak with Niel Patel, the FBLA national president, was eye opening,” Marissa Scott said.

Saturday, the last day of the conference, was jam packed with activities. Students spent all morning attending workshops with a quick break for lunch. Taking a scenic route through the city, FBLA went to a group lunch near the Kinnickinnic River before returning to attend more workshops.

“It’s cool to see all of the states come together in one room and be recognized,” Slade said.

The conference ended with a closing session, where more FBLA national announcements were made. Once the closing session ended, students had free time to explore Milwaukee’s restaurant scene, attend a Milwaukee Bucks game, attend an FBLA dance, or many other activities.

“I had a lot of fun at the dance. I made so many friends from all over the country throughout opening and closing sessions and workshops and being able to dance with them and celebrate a fun weekend was awesome. I especially like the crazy mosh pits and the music,” Scott said.

The next FBLA conference is the State Leadership Conference, a competition based conference in early April in Coralville, Iowa.


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