COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Around 150 college students, along with community leaders, will be on The W’s campus to compete at the Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference March 25-27.


“The Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference is a great opportunity for the students attending to compete in over 50 business, legal and leadership-based events against some of the best and brightest students in Mississippi,” said Thomas Haffey, Phi Beta Lambda adviser and PBL professional division member. 

During the PBL conference, students will compete in events based on business topics such as marketing, management information systems and accounting. Other events include pre-judged projects, computer-based testing and performance events in front of panels of judges who have volunteered from the community.

The students who place during their events will qualify to compete against winners from across the United States at the National Leadership Conference in Chicago June 24-27.

“Students have an opportunity to network with other chapters to share ideas for chapter management and promotion, fundraising, community service and professional development,” added Haffey.

Rusty Buys, AT&T Professional-Client Services project manager, will serve as the keynote speaker for the opening ceremony Wednesday, March 25. Students will also attend a fish fry and tour Columbus on the double decker bus, an event sponsored by the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau starting at the Riverwalk Thursday, March 26 at 5 p.m.

This is the second of three years that The W has hosted the conference. The event is open to all majors. Interested W students should contact Haffey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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March 25, 2015

Contact: Tyler Wheat

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