In May of 2008, there was a devastating earthquake in Sichuan province, China that caused much sadness for the people of that area. Two months later, FBLA chapter president Donald Qiao of St. Croix Lutheran High School, MN represented the Future Business Leaders of America by giving a speech in China to the surviving children. Qiao made 600 yellow t-shirts with FBLA logos for the children attending “tent schools” as a symbol of renewed hope. Donald picked the color yellow because it stands for a flower bud and the FBLA logo because it stands for the promise of a great future, especially for the children who were suffered from this catastrophe.
Since Donald’s father is an owner of a Landscape Company in Beijing, he was also given a bag of grass and flower seeds. Donald planted sixty pounds of grass and flower seed with his new friends at four different local schools to help rebuild their life and dreams.
Donald experienced three major aftershocks during his FBLA volunteer service time. For the last night in his earthquake volunteer experience, Donald experienced a 6.5 magnitude aftershock which caused the banks of the river to collapse. Donald’s tent was flooded around midnight. When Donald woke up, his laptop and bags were already part of the flood. Donald was really upset after this experience. He drew a parallel: what if his bags and laptop were one of the sixty nine thousand victims? He then realized that the people after that catastrophe need more aid than they have been given.
As business leaders, we can choose to take responsibility and be assertive in our leadership to help people that have suffered the tragedy of any natural disaster. Donald Qiao’s dream is to one day get into Harvard University, and then create the biggest company in the world so he can raise enough money to help more people who suffer from natural disasters like the one in Sichuan.
Ready for March for Babies? You’re starting to raise money for an important goal: to make sure that one day all babies will be born healthy. March for Babies is the March of Dimes largest fundraiser. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the serious problems that threaten our babies.
March for Babies takes place in more than 900 communities across the country. You’ll be joining 1 million people walking with their families and schools.
Make sure you sign up online at marchforbabies.org/fblapbl —choose your division from the options listed, and search for your team by state. Can’t find yourself there? Just go to marchforbabies.org and sign up as a new team! Be sure to use FBLA, PBL or ML and your school’s name in your team title.
Want some great easy ways your FBLA chapter can help raise money for the March of Dimes? Check out their new glitter awareness wristbands! You can also sell March of Dimes cut-outs in your school and ask for permission to hang them in the cafeteria or the front office where everyone can see who has donated to help babies. Ask your local March of Dimes office for cut-outs; you can find their phone number by visiting marchofdimesyouth.com and entering your school zip code in the box at the top. Let them know how it goes at email@example.com!
Download Interview with T.V. Host and Life Coach Todd Newton (mp3)
Todd Newton, will be delivering the keynote presentation at the FBLA National Leadership Conference on June 25. Newton is best known to audiences around the world for bringing viewers to star-studded events with his work on E! Entertainment Television. For more than a decade, Todd provided an all-access pass to red-carpet events, movie premieres, behind-the-scenes of television shows and celebrity interviews. Todd has also become one of the most popular game show hosts on television having given away nearly $20 million to date. As the host of “Whammy!: The All New Press Your Luck,” “Hollywood Showdown,” “Gameshow Marathon” “Made In The USA,” and “Instant Millionaire” Todd has won game show fans over with his exuberant personality and passion for the genre. In addition to his work in front of the camera, Todd is a certified life coach and the fastest rising star on the motivational speaking circuit. His “Put Your Best into Action” presentation inspires thousands of young adults annually to look within themselves for the ultimate in success and happiness. Personally, Newton works closely with the Michael J. Fox Foundation in an effort to raise money for Parkinson’s Disease research. A St. Louis native and proud father of two amazing children, Todd Newton now resides in Southern California. Todd Newton is available for speaking engagements through http://www.keynoteresource.com. (800-420-4155.)
Download Interview with Corporate Culture and Communications expert Frank Maguire (mp3)
Frank Maguire will be delivering the keynote presentation at the PBL National Leadership Conference on June 20. Maguire is one of corporate America’s most knowledgeable authorities on corporate culture, productivity, and communications. As the original Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for FedEx, Maguire is acknowledged as the creator of the corporate culture that made the company the multi-billion dollar success story of the past two decades. Frank helped turn the phrase “absolutely, positively overnight” from a promise to a guarantee. As head of program development at ABC Radio Network, he hired Ted Koppel and Charles Osgood, giving them their first on-air broadcast jobs. While Koppel was eager, Osgood was not even sure he wanted to be in broadcasting! They both agree; Maguire knew best! Maguire served in the Executive Office of the President in Washington, D.C. under both John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Along with Sargent Shriver, Maguire was one of the five original task force members who created Project Headstart and Special Olympics.
Are you an active FBLA-PBL member who would like to represent our organization as a national ambassador? Do you want to take your leadership involvement with the organization to the next level? For those looking to take on this prestigious role, consider applying for a FBLA-PBL national office.
To see if you are qualified, download the 2009–2010 FBLA-PBL National Officer Candidate Guide. Best of luck in your campaign!
Download Interview with NYC Fashion Entrepreneur Christine Marchuska (mp3)
Christine Marchuska was fed up with expensive designer clothing and other trendy duds made out of non-sustainable fabric blends. She thought, “how hard could it be to make fashionable clothing with eco-friendly fabrics that the masses could afford?” Christine became less enthralled with her day job of selling synthetic collateralized debt obligations (yeah, don’t worry no one knows what that is) and more involved in sewing classes and questioning the fashion industry experts. Her loving parents thought sewing was a good skill to acquire and bought Christine her first sewing machine. She started modifying her conservative Wall Street clothing into chic hipster gear. She also ramped up on the garment industry through fashion courses and various literature. Born and raised in upstate New York, Christine attended Cornell University. After graduation, she moved to the big apple, New York City, to pursue a career in finance. She started off as a day trader at proprietary trading firm in lower Manhattan. Six months later she joined Morgan Stanley. After passing the CFA level I exam and applying and getting in to the MBA program at Georgetown University, she decided to pursue a role at CIBC. However, her duties at Morgan Stanley were clearly not over as she returned to the investment bank after her stint at CIBC. In April 2008 the credit markets took a turn for the worst and restructuring on Wall Street was inevitable. So Christine felt it was time for a change and focused in on her upstate entrepreneurial roots.
In November 2008, cmarchuska was born and now Christine’s time is spent roaming around the garment district and networking with the fashion crowd. When Christine is not comparing buttons and fabric blends, she enjoys time with her friends in her favorite city, New York.
The 2009 IFL, NLC, and competitive events schedules are linked below. Please note that these schedules are subject to change.
PBL Competitive Events Schedule
2009 NLC-FBLA Schedule
2009 FBLA Competitive Events Schedule
Download Interview with Bestselling Author, Richard Nelson Bolles (mp3).
Dick Bolles—more formally known as Richard Nelson Bolles— is an author, consultant, keynote speaker, “master teacher,” and workshop leader. He is the author of What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Guide For Job-Hunters and Career Changers. The book is used in 26 countries around the world, exists in 20 languages, has sold 10,000,000 copies, and is updated every year. It was recently a #1 BusinessWeek bestseller, and has spent over 5 years on The New York Times bestseller lists. The Library of Congress chose it as one of 25 books through history that have shaped people’s lives. It is the most popular job-hunting book in the world, and has contributed many new words to the business lexicon, including “informational interviewing” and “golden parachutes.” Bolles studied chemical engineering at M.I.T., has a Bachelors Degree cum laude in physics from Harvard, and a Masters Degree in New Testament Studies from General Seminary plus three honorary doctorates. He is also a member of Mensa.
It’s time to start our countdown to Get the Edge at the 2009 National Leadership Conference (NLC) in sunny Anaheim, California. The 2009 NLC is only a few months away, and Anaheim is a great location for this year’s conference, taking place June 20–23 for PBL and June 25–28 for FBLA. In early March, you’ll be receiving the 2009 NLC Guide. It will have everything you need to know about this year’s conference including competitive events, photography, discounted tours, attraction tickets, and travel.
Online registration for the conference will open March 1, 2009. Registration for members and advisers for FBLA is $95, and for PBL is $105. When planning to attend the NLC, don’t forget to take advantage of our premier training event—the Institute for Leaders (IFL)sm. The IFL is held immediately preceding the NLC. It brings together FBLA-PBL’s best and most promising leaders for two days of intensive leadership development. The cost to attend the IFL is $115 for members, $50 for advisers, and $100 for candidates.
Take a glimpse at the excitement you can expect at the 2009 NLC in Anaheim by accessing this link:
NLC 2009, Anaheim
Please go here for up-to-date NLC and IFL information or to register.
See you in Anaheim!
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Did you know there was a brand-new revision to the dress code? The code was changed on January 9th. Female FBLA-PBL members are no longer required to wear nylons when dressing up. Take a look here to see the amended dress code.