South Brunswick High School
Running for North Central Region VP
Officer Candidate Test Score : 22/50
What do you believe is the biggest area of improvement NJ FBLA-PBL currently faces? How would you work to address this area?
I believe that communication is the biggest area of opportunity that NJ FBLA-PBL currently faces. As mentioned in my campaign speech one way in which I plan to bridge this gap is through establishing Presidential Meetings. Presidential Meetings are monthly meetings in which the presidents of every chapter within our region will attend. These meetings will increase communication within our region. This will also provide an opportunity for chapters to work together and participate in the same events such as JA Highschool Heros.
What will you do to increase the number of active chapters?
By having the Presidential Meetings on a monthly basis, this will provide an understanding of how other chapters are interacting with their own members. This provides a way to generate ideas as to how chapters can make their activities more interactive, increasing the number of active chapters.
What leadership roles do you have inside and outside of FBLA-PBL and how have they shaped you?
I have held many leadership roles across the years, including inside and outside of FBLA. As a part of FBLA, I held the position of Underclassman Representative as a Sophomore, and Executive Member of Membership, currently as a Junior. As Underclassman Representative, it was my responsibility to attend our Middle chapter meetings which involved becoming a role model for the students. During these meetings, I was able to assist these critical thinkers in business challenges as they took part of business orientated activities. As a highschool, I have worried about how I will achieve my goals but after spending time with the courageous individuals, I learn all I need to do is be confident and to set clear measurable goals. Outside of FBLA, I am a part of the National Honors Society and the Viking Leadership Association (VLA). VLA is a group of students who were nominated by their advisors for demonstrating key leadership qualities. In this association, we discuss what each club is doing for the month and how our roles affect our representative organizations. VLA has taught me that communication within a community is vital. Being aware of how other organizations within my school are running, allows me to make changes to FBLA to be in the best shape.
How will you ensure chapters are encouraging and completing community service?
As a Regional Vice-President, my goal is to increase the number of families we help and provide a better future. This goal will be achieved by adapting a new approach for fundraising; we will be fundraising: In honor of families rather than the organization as a whole to create a stronger connection. This will provide the donors to create a relationship with the families that are being impacted and feel more satisfied that their donations are going towards people they “know”. By fundraising for March of Dimes as an organization, a lack of connection seems to present, however, with this new approach, we can bridge this gap.
What current state initiatives would you like to continue and/or what new state initiatives would you like to begin?
A new initiative I would like to implement as Regional Vice-President is to make regional summits and conferences more interactive and personally, I believe that we retain more information when we have hands-on experiences, even be able to apply the lesson learned long term. By allowing attendees to actively participate, they will create personalized memories from each summit and conference. For instance, during summits and conferences, we have to attend numerous workshops, in which we, unfortunately, listen to passively. On the other hand, by making these workshops interactive, the attendees will be able to retain more information as they will be actively participating rather than just passively listening.