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A day with the future

I had the privilege earlier this week of being one of the judges at the Colorado Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) event in Denver. Over 3,300 high school students from all over the state descended on the new Gaylord Rockies Resort near Denver International airport. I was judging "Intro to Public Speaking" and also "Impromptu Speaking". Students hailing from places like Haxtun, Boulder and Lamar shared stories of admiration for their veteran parents, working on farms and learning to speak English after arriving as an immigrant - and now giving speeches. It was definitely an uplifting experience. FBLA is always on the lookout for quality judges and I'd highly recommend becoming involved. The time commitment is minimal and it is a rewarding experience.

FBLA is a local, state and national organization for secondary students who are participating in business and business-related programs. The purpose of FBLA is to provide, as an integral part of the instructional program, additional opportunities for secondary students (grade 9-12) in business and/or business-related fields to develop career and technical supportive competencies, and to promote civic and personal responsibilities. The FBLA’s National Awards Program recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. Through state-based competition at the spring State Leadership Conferences, students compete in events testing their business knowledge and skills. Top state winners are then eligible to compete for national awards at the National Leadership Conference each summer.

The FBLA believes that in preparation for an active leadership role, today’s classroom instruction is not enough to develop strong, assertive leaders. Through Future Business Leaders of America, members learn how to lead and participate in group discussions, preside at meetings and conferences, work effectively within committees and engage in practical problem solving and decision making. Members learn the value of competition on local, district, state and national levels by experiencing the responsibility of success as well as the challenge of defeat.

Future Business Leaders of America can function as an integral part of the instructional program of the business curriculum in secondary schools. FBLA is composed of active, professional, honorary life and national honorary life members.

All chapters and the national organization are guided in their plans and activities by advisory committees–business instructors, professional member, school administrators and/or business men and women.

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