Hettinger FBLA “Igniting Innovation” in Denver

Twelve members from the Hettinger FBLA chapter set out to “ignite innovation” at the 2012 FBLA National Fall Leadership Conference in Denver, Colo., on Nov. 8.

The Hettinger FBLA team in Colorado.

Posted Dec. 6, 2012

By Katie Wolff

Special to the Record

Twelve members from the Hettinger FBLA chapter set out to “ignite innovation” at the 2012 FBLA National Fall Leadership Conference in Denver, Colo., on Nov. 8. Those who participated included: Christian Hughes, Josh Steele, Brian Holzkamm, Kaycee Schwind, Bailey Sadowsky, Lacey Lewton, Cassie Andress, Jaylee Mattis, Ashley Miller, Haley Hill, Stephanie Odom, Katie Wolff and Adviser Linda Doe. After a 10-hour bus ride, we arrived at the Sheraton Hotel in Denver at around 8 p.m.

We attended numerous workshops where we increased our leadership skills and acquired more knowledge about FBLA and the business world.

Workshops included Dress for Success; Resonating “You”: Changing the World; SAT/ACT Strategy Session; and the most popular-#MyLeadershipSwag. The workshops were interesting and interactive. #MyLeadershipSwag actually had everyone out of the seats and dancing.

We were privileged to listen to two keynote speakers.

The opening session featured Ryan Moran who spoke about finding one’s talents, not being afraid of the unknown, and the difference that each person can make. His enthusiasm and humor were wonderful; therefore, those attributes kept his speech interesting and made it “stick.” Al Duncan was featured at the closing session. He is a youth advocate, a publisher, and an author. Al told his very personal life story.

We heard about the very high “ups” he experienced as a professional saxophone player and the terrible “lows” that he encountered. His story was astounding.

Our chapter took three tours including one of Denver’s capitol, The World Trade Center, and the Art Institute of Denver.

At the capitol we learned about the history of Colorado and some of the current politics. The building is filled with beautiful stained glass windows, historic paintings, and exquisite architecture. The same day we toured the Art Institute, which was a very intriguing experience for many of our members. We learned about the different activities that occurred on each floor including fashion design, graphic design, animation, video editing, and much more.

We were also given the opportunity to tour the 17 floor in The World Trade Center. We witnessed a spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains from their conference room and received an inside look at what goes on in the financial world at the World Trade Center.

Along with all of the workshops, speakers, and tours, we did have some time to explore some of Denver. Of course, all of us enjoyed the shopping at specialty boutiques and at our favorite brand name stores on 16th Street. Chapter members were treated to an elegant dinner at La Fondue.

It was an exciting new experience for all of us. Before leaving for home, we attended the Blue Jeans for Babies dance. All proceeds from the dance were donated to the March of Dimes, which is a non-profit organization that strives for healthier, stronger babies and works to prevent premature births.

FBLA and the March of Dimes have been partners for the past 70 years.

Overall, we had a wonderful time at the conference in Denver. We all came back with new knowledge, opinions, ideas, and lasting memories. We can’t wait for our next conference to keep “igniting innovation.”