“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that your impact lasts in your absence.”  -Sheryl Sandberg

Stephanie Godwin

Southeast Region Vice President


Southeast Region, it’s that time of year again–FBLA week!

I hope you have all taken advantage of the events showcased during FBLA-PBL Week to elevate your future, and I hope you will continue to develop your confidence and leadership skills through FBLA.

I truly want to thank all of you so much for the past three years I have spent in the FBLA family, and I am especially grateful for my term as your vice president. It has been an honor to represent and work with all of you, and I know I speak for the entire officer team when I say we have the privilege of representing the best state FBLA chapter in the nation.

In the recent spirit of FBLA week, I would like to share my FBLA story, which starts my sophomore year. As a sophomore, I wanted to get involved with another club at my school, preferably one that I could continue to be active in during spring. My mom suggested that I look at a career-oriented organization, and she proceeded to tell me about the great experiences she had while participating in DECA. Not long after that, the local chapter president spoke to my Microsoft Word/Powerpoint class about the opportunities FBLA offered–and I decided to give it a shot.

During my first year of FBLA, I realized how much more it was than a small chapter at my school. Attending the State Leadership Conference opened my eyes to how impactful FBLA has been on so many young lives. During this time, my local secretary was running for her first state officer term as Southeast Region Vice President–your current State President, Hannah Starling. At the conclusion of the conference, I told her, “I want to do this. I want to be a part of this.” In May, I interviewed for the position of vice president of my local chapter–to say I was excited to receive the position is a vast understatement.

Flash forward to my junior year and life became a flurry of speech writing and candy-labeling. The road to that campaign booth was not always an easy one; but once I was there, I was thrilled! Terrified, yet thrilled! It is amazing to me the difference I feel between that stressful Regional Rally and this past Regional Competitive Events Conference–I went from being petrified to feeling right at home in front of my region.

I will never be able to thank North Carolina FBLA enough for all of the amazing opportunities and wonderful experiences it has granted me. And I send my sincerest gratitude to the best region–the Southeast Region. One year ago, you took a chance on me for VP–and that slogan will always have a cherished place in my heart!

Before I conclude, I would like to remind you all that the State Leadership Conference is now just over a month away, and I hope you are as ecstatic as I am! Also, please keep in mind that our State Community Service Day is February 24, and remember to send a summary of your chapter’s activities (and pictures!) to!

As always, thank you so much for your continued support and dedication to FBLA. It has been wonderful working with you this year and I cannot thank you enough–without you, I would not be where I am today.

One more time, yours truly,

Stephanie Godwin

Dates to Remember


February 19 – Objective testing window closes

February 24 – NC FBLA Community Service Day

March 1 – MOS Word and Excel exams end

March 19-21 – State Leadership Conference

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