February 03, 2015

Wildcats in Washington!

FBLA-PBL members representing JWU at the FBLA-PBL National Fall Leadership Conference.
On November 7th TJ Lind and I traveled to our nation’s capitol to represent JWU NSO at the FBLA-PBL National Fall Leadership Conference! This is the first time in four years JWU was represented at an FBLA-PBL NFLC! With over 2,300 members and advisers present at the conference, networking was a key topic!
TJ and I landed in the beautiful city of DC, and were greeted by PBL National Treasurer, Karthik Krishnan who drove us to the FBLA-PBL National Center in Reston, VA. While I had a meeting with the executive staff, TJ toured association drive (DECA, SkillsUSA, FCCLA) learning more about what other CTSOs have to offer!
On the first day of the conference we were greeted by the other national officers, and attended a dinner where they discussed their goals for the association. It is wonderful to see so many bright minds working together to promote the world’s premier student business association. The night continued when TJ I toured the White House with Connecticut FBLA State Officers.
On our second day of conference we headed to the Department of Education where TJ assisted me in speaking on behalf of post-secondary students across the US. The meeting was filled with insightful comments and questions, connections were definitely made! We returned to the conference hotel for a day filled of exciting workshops after doing lunch on the hill and meeting Senator Jack Reed.

The third day of conference I attended the FBLA-PBL State Officer track to watch my officer team in action training state officers from across the country! TJ informed me that he met several other New England state officers, and had a wonderful time.
Before we packed our bags for Providence we reflected back on the astonishing weekend. Overall, thanks to CTSOs we have the opportunity to network with some of the greatest minds from throughout the country. I challenge all NSO members to take advantage of an FBLA-PBL NFLC next year in Omaha, Charleston, or Baltimore! If you are interested in attending the National Leadership Conference this summer in Chicago please contact me at pblpres@fbla.org
Go Wildcats!