UMO Students Compete in State Leadership Conference

UMO Students Compete in State Leadership Conference

MOUNT OLIVE – Two University of Mount Olive (UMO) students from the Tillman School of Business (TSB) recently attended the 76th Annual North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference (NCPBL SLC) in Charlotte.


Carson Denning of Four Oaks, President of the chapter, and Juwon Lloyd of Kinston, Treasurer, represented UMO. They were accompanied by Sonya O’Brien, UMO PBL Lead Advisor, and Savanah Morgan, UMO PBL Advisor.


Denning and Lloyd competed in various events, and attended workshops as part of the Leadership Development Program. Together they earned third place in Accounting Analysis and Decision Making. Lloyd placed eighth in the Job Interview event.


“I am thankful for the opportunity to compete at the PBL State Leadership Conference. I was able to connect with people from all over our state, as well as network with business leaders,” Denning said.


In addition to student awards, the advisors also received recognition. First-year advisor certificates were given to Savanah Morgan and Tanya Smith. O’Brien was recognized for 34 years as a local chapter advisor. The UMO PBL chapter was recognized for its financial contribution to the NC Professional Division-Foundation Scholarship Fund.


Morgan commented, “It was a great learning experience. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to attend the state conference and serve as an event administrator. I met so many wonderful students, advisors, and leaders while participating in the conference.”


Dean of TSB Dr. Kathy T. Best said, “We appreciate students and advisors who are willing to participate in extracurricular events. Conferences such as this expand the potential for gaining additional knowledge, experience, and networking opportunities.”


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L-R:  UMO PBL Lead Advisor Sonya O’Brien, Carson Denning of Four Oaks, UMO PBL Advisor Savanah Morgan, and Juwon Lloyd of Kinston.