By Olivia Schreiber
Washington, D.C. — The Stevens chapter of Phi Beta Lambda traveled to the nation’s capital this past weekend to attend the National Fall Leadership Conference (NFLC) at the Washington Hilton. The conference is targeted for Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) members and advisers who seek professional development and career-planning workshops.
The 18 students who attended NFLC had much to learn and contribute in engaging and interactive workshops. Those in attendance were exposed to opportunities not typically associated with business, such as business lobbying and teaching in lower-income neighborhoods prior to receiving an MBA or law degree. Greg Dardis, President and CEO of Dardis Academy, led a workshop that focused on professional communication skills. Dardis exposed the various methods of controlling nervousness and presenting with confidence, techniques that all Stevens students try to master regardless of their majors.
In addition to workshops, Stevens PBL also had the chance to meet with other New Jersey PBL members from Rutgers University and Rider University. Together, the three universities brought a strong New Jersey presence to this year’s NFLC. Stevens PBL wishes to establish a good relationship with the other local chapters of New Jersey PBL as the state and national conferences approach.
Quantitative Finance major and current Stevens PBL President Elena Piper played a significant role in bringing the Stevens chapter to the NFLC this year. After months of careful planning, Elena and the PBL executive board brought a team of 18 students to Washington.
“I am so excited and proud of our chapter for representing Stevens at the FBLA-PBL National Fall Leadership Conference,” she said. “I felt like taking a large group to the conference was the first step in making our PBL chapter well known, both on and off campus. I think the Phi Beta Lambda members that attended took a lot away from the workshops, and I am eager to prepare for the New Jersey State PBL Competitions that occur in the spring.”
Those in attendance ranged from freshmen to seniors and from engineers to finance majors, which proves how pertinent business education is to the current job market. Attending these conferences will not only contribute to the success of Stevens PBL in the future, but also encourage students back at Stevens to both join PBL and seek to better themselves in business-related concepts.
FBLA-PBL is a non-profit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. Phi Beta Lambda is one of the four major divisions dedicated primarily for postsecondary students. The organization’s goal is to develop competent, aggressive business leadership while strengthening the confidence of students in themselves and their work.