“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


Happy New Year, Southeast Region!

The start of 2018 marks the beginning of the road to the State Leadership Conference in March, and I couldn’t be more excited! Remember, many prejudged competition materials are due soon; so, be sure to complete these items so you are still eligible to compete! If you are competing in an objective testing event, then now is the perfect time to start studying if you haven’t already! Placing in the top four in Greensboro guarantees you the opportunity to compete on the national level in Baltimore–let’s make North Carolina have an outstanding presence on the national stage this summer!

This year North Carolina FBLA has been awarded two two membership awards at the national level! Our state chapter has had the greatest increase in chapter membership and in recruited chapters. This information–as well as how other states stacked up in other national awards–can be found in the recent edition of Tomorrow’s Business Leader. The Southeast Region alone welcomed three new chapters this year, and the North Carolina Chapter has over 6,000 paid members! Congratulations, North Carolina FBLA!

I would also like to remind everyone that our statewide Community Service Day is next month! On February 24, please participate by getting your chapter involved in your local community and remember to email pictures of your chapter’s service work as well as a summary to I truly want the Southeast Region to stand out in North Carolina’s community service endeavors!

Before I close, I want to take a moment to remind you of how valuable FBLA can be in meeting and connecting with new people. Recently, I participated in a non-FBLA event that gave me the opportunity to meet many new people and even form new friendships–a task that is much easier to do when two people have something in common. More often than realized, this common trait can be involvement in FBLA! Being in FBLA has allowed me to recognize people from across the region–and even the state or nation!–and make an immediate connection with them. Remember–connections make networks, networks form contacts, and contacts get contracts!

As always, thank you so much for your dedication to FBLA, and I can’t wait to see you at the State Leadership Conference in March!

Yours Truly,

Stephanie Godwin

Dates to Remember


January 15 – March of Dimes Grant Application Deadline

January 22 – Spring Stock Market Game Begins

January 29 – LifeSmarts Spring Competition Begins

February 24 – NC FBLA Community Service Day

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