Labette Community College Recognized with Top Honors at PBL National Leadership Conference in San Antonio

July 16, 2019

PBL National Leadership ConferencePhoto: Labette Community College Phi Beta Lamba students Carolyn Cassel, Cathy Kibler, Chandler Gravett, Abigail Ford and Josie Smith attended the PBL National Leadership Conference.

Parsons, Kansas, - More than 2,000 of America’s best and brightest college students traveled to Texas to Create, Lead and Inspire as they competed for the opportunity to win more than $125,000 in cash awards.

The Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Leadership Conference was held June 23–27 in San Antonio. Participants from across the United States attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in over 60 business and business-related competitive events. 

Labette Community College students Carolyn Cassel, Abigail Ford, Chandler Gravett and Josie Smith along with their Advisor, Cathy Kibler, attended the 77th PBL National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas. These students attended many valuable events such as workshops, networking opportunities and campaign rally’s to elect the 2019-2020 Executive Board for PBL while at the conference in addition to competing against both two and four year College and University students.

Abigail Ford and Chandler Gravett received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence Program on June 27. Ford competed in Marketing Concepts and receiving ninth place. Gravett competed in two events, Business Law, earning tenth place and Public Speaking, bringing home seventh place. Gravett was also recognized as Who’s Who in PBL at the Opening Ceremony on June 24.  Smith will be serving Kansas PBL as the 2019- 2020 state treasurer.

“Taking these students to the National Conference is the highlight of the year. Seeing them compete and do well, network with other students from across the country and learn many great leadership skills makes me extremely proud of all them all! These students deserve to be recognized for their outstanding performance at the National PBL Conference.  It is very rewarding to see my students succeed!  I believe that they are definitely going to be major contributors to the business world as well as their communities.  They represented LCC and the state of Kansas extremely well” said Cathy Kibler, Advisor.

The awards were part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and heard from motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.

About FBLA-PBL, Inc.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the premier student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, 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, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

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