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Jan. 29, 2019

Northwest to host FBLA district conference Feb. 7

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High school students from throughout the region will converge Thursday, Feb. 7, at Northwest Missouri State University as it hosts the District I Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Conference.

More than 700 FBLA members and their advisors from nearly 40 chapters are expected to participate in workshops and competitive events. 

FBLA members will participate in performance events related to job interviewing, social media, entrepreneurship, business ethics and impromptu speaking. They also will attend leadership workshops and view exhibits.

The conference begins with an opening session at 8 a.m. at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts, where Dan Meers, who has portrayed Kansas City Chiefs mascot KC Wolf for more than 25 years, will deliver a humorous and motivational keynote address about character. He also will present a breakout leadership workshop to FBLA members.

Meers was selected in 2006 as the first NFL mascot to be inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame. He travels throughout the United States and the world to entertain thousands of people both in and out of costume. As a humorous motivational speaker for audiences of all ages, his enthusiasm, optimism and love for life are contagious and make him an inspiration to all he meets.

Deborah Burns, the District I lead chapter adviser from Osborn High School, is organizing the conference. Northwest campus liaisons are Dr. Nancy Zeliff, a professor in the School of Computer Science and Information Systems, and Cari Cline, instructor in the School of Computer Science and Information Systems, and Sidney Mills, a Northwest graduate student.  

For more information about the conference, contact Zeliff at 660.562.1292 or


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