MCC Students place in top 10 at Leadership Conference

MCC PBL members bring home awards at National Leadership Conference
Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Representing MCC at the recent Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference were (from left): Hannah Willis, Leslie Hernandez, Maira Ahilon-Calmo and Cindy Howard.


CHICAGO -- Four McCook Community College students recently competed and made the national finals in the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference competitions in Chicago.

Leslie Hernandez, Hannah Willis, Maira Ahilon-Calmo, Cindy Howard and co-advisor Renelle Mooney attended the conference June 24-27 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

This annual event brings together the best and brightest two-year and four-year students from Future Business Leaders of America and PBL to compete in leadership and business events, attend leadership development workshops, share their successes, and discover new ideas to shape their career future.

All four MCC students who attended this year’s conference made the finals and three placed in the top 10 in the nation in at least one event.

Howard finished eighth in Administrative Support and teamed up with Ahilon-Calmo to place ninth in Business Law. Howard and Ahilon-Calmo also made it to the finals in Hospitality Management along with Willis.

Ahilon-Calmo placed ninth in Administrative Support, and competed in Accounting Principles

Hernandez finished 10th in Desktop Publishing and also competed in Accounting Principles and Computer Concepts.

Willis also competed in Entrepreneurship Concepts and Personal Finance

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc (FBLA-PBL) is the oldest and largest national student business association with more than 230,000 middle school, high school, and college members interested in pursuing a career in business. More than 6,500 chapters are chartered across the country.

FBLA-PBL mission is inspire and prepare students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.