COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Thomas Haffey, Mississippi University for Women’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter adviser and instructor of marketing, recently took second place in current events in business and third place in marketing at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference June 24-27 in Atlanta, Ga.

The professional division is open to faculty and business pros who want to stay connected to PBL and be a positive point of contact, connecting students with the business environment.

“The open events give us a chance to have a little friendly competition and experience a little of what the students are going through in their competitive events. It is certainly an honor to be recognized in my events against these other professionals at the national level,” said Haffey.

Haffey and several W students competed against approximately 1,700 students, advisers and professionals from around the country at the national leadership conference held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

Lauren Axthelm competed in personal finance and macroeconomics in which she placed first and third respectively at the PBL State Leadership Conference hosted by The W in March. Axthelm is a junior healthcare management major from Sardis.

Shristi Dhakal competed in macroeconomics and microeconomics in which she placed first and third respectively at the SLC in March. Dhakal is a junior accounting major with a minor in management information systems from Bhaktapur, Nepal, and is the 2016-2017 MUW PBL chapter treasurer.

Aisha Ghimire competed in international business in which she placed second at the SLC in March. Ghimire is a junior mathematics and marketing major from Chitwan, Nepal, and is the 2015-2017 MUW PBL chapter president.

Rachel Wilkins competed in organizational behavior and leadership in which she placed second at the SLC in March. Wilkins is a senior marketing major from Carrollton, Ala., and is the 2015-2017 MUW PBL chapter secretary.

The W’s PBL chapter plans to attend the state fall leadership conference during the fall semester. The W is slated to host the State Leadership Conference in spring 2017.

In addition to the competitive events, several W students and their adviser had opportunities to attend small group sessions and open events. They also participated in various networking and social activities while also touring the downtown Atlanta with visits to the Georgia Aquarium and Centennial Olympic Park.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the premier student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in more than 6,500 active middle school, high school and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Va., just outside of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit

July 14, 2016