In July 2018 I traveled to Tanzania, where I led the Tanzanian FBLA Leadership Conference, which marked the start of the Tanzanian FBLA Program at eight high schools in Dar es Salaam. This five-day event started with a presentation for teachers and headmasters from the eight high schools.
Teachers’ Workshop Tanzanian FBLA Leadership Conference
In the following four days presentations introducing FBLA were given to the students of the eight high schools: Azania Secondary School, Aga Khan Mzizima Secondary School, Alpha Secondary School, Jangwani Girls Secondary School, Kisutu Girls Secondary School, Mbezi High School, Shaaban Robert Secondary School and Tambaza High School. Attendance varied from 80 students at Shaaban Robert Secondary School (a smaller private school) to over 300 students at most public schools. Enthusiasm for FBLA was great; all eight schools implemented FBLA chapters, with total membership exceeding 600 students.
Kisutu Secondary School Presentation at Alpha Secondary School Presentation at Azania Secondary School
In my junior year, also as an FBLA officer and Co-Chair of the Membership Development Committee, I provided guidance to my fellow chapter members to be successful in their competitive events. My attention also focused towards promoting FBLA on an international level by establishing foreign chapters in Hungary and Tanzania. With over 100 attendees, the Hungarian FBLA Winter Leadership Conference, hosted at Toldy Ferenc Gymnazium on Jan 4, 2018, was a great success. Forty-three students applied for FBLA membership and established the first FBLA chapter in Hungary (and Europe!).
Toldy Ferenc Gimnazium Hungarian FBLA Winter Leadership Conference Toldy Ferenc Gimnazium
After the new FBLA chapter was created in Hungary, I played a lead role in mentoring the high school students from Toldy Ferenc Gymnazium as they developed their chapter. By reaching out to numerous businesses, I raised over $12,000 (the main donors were Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. and Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation) in the spring of 2018, allowing me to sponsor three top-scoring Hungarian students and their chapter advisor to attend the FBLA NLC in Baltimore, in June 2018 – an invaluable opportunity to develop leadership skills.
2018 Hungarian FBLA National Delegation (From right to left: National Advisor: Mr. Tamas Makra, Csenge Kadocsa, Maja Lemesanszky, Nelli Hajdu, Boroka Ferencz, Hanga Ferencz)
In an effort to financially support these international FBLA chapters, I founded a non-profit organization, Global Outreach FBLA, which aims to promote FBLA on a global level and raise funds to sponsor students from Hungary and Tanzania to participate at the 2019 FBLA National leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX. As a senior, and chapter president, I intend to continue my FBLA pursuits both on a local and global level.
June 2018 – FBLA National Leadership Conference, Baltimore, MD
Third Place in “Local Chapter Annual Business Report” and National Finalist in “Public Speaking”
I my sophmore year, I continued competing in FBLA competitive events at district and state levels and also qualified for the 2017 FBLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA, where I placed Top 15 nationally in the “Community Service Project.”
Cherry Creek HS Delegation to NLC 2017 FBLA NLC 2017 NLC 2017 in Anaheim, California
Also in my sophomore year, as a chapter officer I also served on the Community Service Committee and led the introduction of a new chapter community service project (Activity Bags for Children’s Hospital Colorado), which consisted of fundraising and creating “activity bags.” Activity bags were delivered monthly to Children’s Hospital Colorado, and were meant to bring novelty and enjoyment to children confined to hospital beds. Through the commitment of our entire chapter, we were able to deliver 720 activity bags over several months, and donated hundreds of hours of service. This community service project was featured on the Cherry Creek High School website and our local newspaper, The Villager.
Cherry Creek HS – Fundraising Creating Activity Bags Activity bags ready to be delivered
I have been involved with FBLA ever since my freshman year. In 9th grade, as an FBLA member, my focus was on acquiring business and leadership skills by actively engaging in FBLA chapter activities and competing at District, State, and National Level. I was a national finalist in “Introduction to Public Speaking” at the 2016 National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, GA.
2016 FBLA NLC 2016 FBLA NLC Institute for Leaders Evelyn and I at the 2016 FBLA NLC