Several University of Southern Mississippi business students walked away with awards during the Mississippi Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference held recently in Columbus, Miss.
The Phi Beta Lambda students from Southern Miss competed against 17 other PBL chapters from across the state and earned a combined nine awards.
“I am compelled to state that this unique and talented group of USM student members has ‘wowed’ me,” said Anne Gottfried, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Marketing and Merchandising who has been a faculty advisor for Phi Beta Lambda for one year. “Spear-headed by their founding president, Michelle Le, these members, in a very short period of time, have earned significant state recognition.”
Each year on the Mississippi University for Women campus, the conference brings together statewide PBL chapters to learn, compete, and network, all while learning about what it means to be a business professional. This year, the following students earned recognition in their events:
These students qualify to compete at the PBL National Leadership conference, to be held this summer in Anaheim, Calif. In addition, Le was named to the Mississippi PBL Who’s Who, in recognition of her hard work in reactivating the USM chapter of PBL.
“This experience is indescribable. Being surrounded by like-minded college students in a business setting puts your mind in a reality setting,” said Le. “As we prepare to graduate and work in the real world, PBL sets each member up for the life skills we need once we get our official jobs.”
Phi Beta Lambda (the collegiate branch of Future Business Leaders of America, or FBLA) is the largest student business association in the world. Its mission is “to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.”