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Reinhardt’s Phi Beta Lambda competes at national level

By Jordan Beach

While most students may not be in class during the summer, many take advantage of the free time, striving to strengthen their skills and continue to focus on improving qualities that will provide them with success in future careers.

Reinhardt University Phi Beta Lambda members competed in the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) National Leadership Conference held in Baltimore, Maryland June 22-27. Recent graduate Kristen Holder ‘18 won first place in Job Interview and third place in Impromptu Speaking. Junior Ariel Murphy took on Business Presentation and placed in the top 15, and sophomore Joshua Elisa competed in the Political Science open event.

Murphy, a second year national competitor, took advantage of her experience last year to network with other FBLA-PBL members around the country.

“In preparation for the conference, members of Phi Beta Lambda learn how to demonstrate excellent verbal communication skills, display effective decision-making, develop problem-solving skills, express self-confidence and poise, work well as a team when applicable, exhibit logic and systematic understanding, conduct a professional business presentation and answer questions effectively,” said Murphy.

Holder, who plans to pursue a Juris Doctorate degree, said the conference allows for the best and brightest of FBLA and PBL to compete in leadership events and bond through learning new ideas for future careers and sharing their successes.

“This four-day conference is considered the pinnacle of the FBLA-PBL experience, especially for those running for national office. FBLA-PBL has forged partnerships with industry leaders to underwrite competitive events and scholarships for students achieving national ranking,” said Holder.

Along with the competition, the three students learned leadership skills through a variety of workshops, including The Art of Storytelling, Leading Teams to Success and Effective Management Skills, among others.

“Phi Beta Lambda is an excellent way to get out of your comfort zone. It facilitates development of strengths, job readiness and leadership skills,” said Murphy.

Holder and Murphy also represent Reinhardt uniquely by holding state officer positions for Georgia in the Southern Region of PBL. Holder is vice president of public relations and Murphy is vice president of national projects.

Pictured, from left, are Joshua Elisa, Instructor Cindy Moss, Ariel Murphy and Kristen Holder.

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