COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Two Mississippi University for Women students and their adviser recently competed at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

Kelly Ann Taylor of Waynesboro placed in the top 15 in the nation in public speaking in Nashville after winning in public speaking and marketing analysis and decision making at the PBL State Leadership Conference hosted on The W’s campus in March. Taylor is a May graduate in business administration with a concentration in marketing and former 2013-2014 PBL chapter president.

Katelyn Stamper of Newton competed in management concepts after taking second place at the State Leadership Conference. Newton is a senior culinary arts major, 2014-2015 PBL Mississippi state vice president and 2013-2014 PBL chapter treasurer.

Thomas Haffey, who serves as The W’s PBL chapter adviser and instructor of marketing, competed in the Professional Division Open Events where he took first place in human resource management and current events in business and second place in business law in today's world.

In addition to the competitive events, students and their adviser had opportunities to attend small group sessions on topics including money management, social media and involving professional division members in a local chapter. They also participated in various networking and social events in the Nashville area.

About 1,000 students, advisers and professionals from around the country attended the national leadership conference held at the Gaylord Opryland resort.

The PBL chapter hopes to attend both the state and national fall leadership conferences during the fall semester. MUW is slated to host the State Leadership Conference in spring 2015.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) student business organization with nearly a quarter million members and advisers in 6,000 chartered high school and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

The association is headquartered in Reston, Va., outside Washington, D.C.

July 9, 2014

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