TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Three Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College students spent their summer in Nashville for the National Leadership Conference hosted by Future Business Leaders of America.
Bethany Arrigo, Heather Davis and Jessica McManus earned the opportunity to compete at the national level after placing in competitive events at the State Leadership Conference this past spring.
“Much can be gained by attending a leadership conference in another city,” stated Bethany Arrigo, accounting major at SMWC. “Those in attendance learn to adapt in a situation where they have to mingle with new people, navigate in new surroundings, and blend into the culture of a different city. It teaches students to step outside their comfort zone and to learn to thrive in any situation.”
The National Leadership Conference is the annual culminating trip for the SMWC Phi Beta Lambda leadership club and students are selected to participate based on their efforts during the academic year.
The students are able to sharpen their leadership skills by competing in competitive events, attending workshops, working toward new certifications and attending seminars.
“Experience is important for leaders and if they can gain confidence in some low-key
opportunities, they will have the confidence to keep climbing higher towards larger scale leadership activities later down the road,” stated Jim Tanoos, PBL advisor and assistant professor of management at SMWC.