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Cottey Business Students Attend Conference

Members of Cottey College’s student competitive business organization, Phi Beat Lambda (PBL), attended the “Igniting Innovation” leadership conference held in Miami, Oklahoma, on October 6.  Students had the opportunity to expand their personal leadership skills by attending workshops on icebreaker activities, team building, admission application processes for graduate schools, and others.


The conference was held at Northeastern Oklahoma College; students attended from across the states of Oklahoma and Missouri. Malyssa Dunson, president of Cottey PBL stated, “What I liked best about attending the FBLA-PBL Leadership Conference was being able to network and get acquainted with other people from different chapters, which in turn gave me more unique ideas and ways to develop and strengthen my future goals and career. Overall, I enjoyed this wonderful experience! I learned beneficial skills and lessons about team building, communication, how I can get involved in more programs that will reward and recognize me for the accomplishments and community service I participate in, and a better understanding of what makes the FBLA-PBL organization who they are.” 


Karie Dyer, a junior in Cottey’s baccalaureate program in international business said, “PBL is for the young, not so young, and even those up in age. Through a demonstrative exercise I learned how important it is to communicate clearly and to give precise instructions; this is imperative to facilitate effective communication.”


“I am very proud of these students who chose to further develop their leadership skills,” said Dr. Gary Lunkenheimer, Cottey College associate professor of business and economics, and advisor for Cottey’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda. “Such workshops make students more employable and competitive when looking for their first real job after graduation.”


Phi Beta Lambda is a national organization for students at the collegiate level who plan to pursue careers in the business environment. Phi Beta Lambda students develop leadership and teamwork skills that will lead to future success. The PBL mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.  There are over 11,000 active members in the US.  Missouri has almost 500 members in 30 colleges and universities across the state.


Cottey College is a private liberal arts college for women offering two-year and selected four-year degree programs, including a Bachelor in Arts in international relations and business.