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August 3, 2015

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Welcome Back to School, FBLA!


With August in Tennessee, comes new beginnings - new school years, new students, new classes to teach, new colleagues, and new excitement about the year to come. Welcome back from what I hope was a relaxing and personally satisfying summer break for all of you. Now that school is back in session, so is FBLA! Also in a new place, is our beloved, Sarah Williams, former CTE Specialist for FBLA. Sarah is off to new adventures as well with DECA, Inc. - check out her position announcement on the national DECA website: .  

With all that's new, let's get Tennessee FBLA off to a great start toward another fantastic year of leadership and development of our members. During this transitionary period until a new CTE Specialist comes on board, please do not hesitate to continue to reach out to, or me with any questions, concerns, or needs that you may have at, or by phone at (615) 741-8836. I look forward to supporting you and your chapter in any way that I can.  

Dina Starks
Director of Student Leadership

Fall Leadership Conferences are Back!

"Aspire to Inspire" at the 2015 TN CTSO Fall Leadership Conferences! The seven Tennessee Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) will be coming together for three one-day regional leadership conferences this fall. The cost will be $20 per attendee and will include training, t-shirt, and lunch. Conference registration will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. Your chapter’s registration will not be complete until we receive your online registration and check. You will receive an email invoice for your registration after submitting your registration online. 

Each Tennessee CTSO requires each conference attendee, including adults, to have a completed CTSO Release FormAdvisers will be required to submit a form verifying they are in possession of the release forms for all conference attendees and that each form is completed accurately and honestly. This form will be included in the next newsletter. Conference attendees will not be allowed into any Tennessee CTSO event without a form from each school/chapter. You will receive an email invoice for your registration after submitting your registration online.

Please mail the registration invoice and the check together to Tennessee FBLA. All payments must be sent to Tennessee FBLA with FLC-2000 in the memo line of the check. The mailing address is:
Tennessee FBLA
710 James Robertson Parkway
11th Floor Andrew Johnson Tower
Nashville, TN 37243

Click here for step-by-step registration instructions!
2015 Tennessee CTSO Fall Leadership Conference
Region Dates/Times Locations Registration Deadlines 
Middle  Tuesday, Sept. 29 
Registration: 8 a.m. CST
Sessions: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. CST
Bridgestone Arena
501 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 770-2000
Registration Deadline:
Sept. 11
Payment Deadline: Sept. 18
West Friday, Oct. 2
Registration: 8 a.m. CST
Sessions: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. CST

Carl Perkins Civic Center
400 South Highland Avenue
Jackson, TN 38301
(731) 425-8580
Registration Deadline:
Sept. 11
Payment Deadline: Sept. 18
East Tuesday, Oct. 6
Registration: 8 a.m. EST
Sessions: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. EST

Chattanooga Convention Center
1150 Carter Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 756-0001
Registration Deadline:
Sept. 11
Payment Deadline: Sept. 18
Adviser PD: Sessions by Career Cluster Consultants will be available!

Let's Go on a Safari to Success at DECA / FBLA Leadership Camp

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! No, they won't be at at DECA/FBLA Leadership Camp this year, but what you will find at this year's edition of camp at Camp Clements is a fun-filled weekend safari of leading and learning for success at DECA/FBLA Leadership Camp! The state officer teams for Tennessee DECA and FBLA have planned a safari for your local chapter officers and members like none other. So pack your camping gear and join Tennessee DECA and FBLA as head out on our safari to hunt for success!

For complete information and camp agenda, check out, (The FBLA website will be updated soon!)

Date:  September 11-13, 2015

Location: Camp Clements, Doyle, Tennessee 

Adviser PD: Sessions by your Career Cluster Consultant, Candi Norwood, will be available!

Registration Fee:
  • Thursday arrival - $160.00 (includes lodging Thursday night and breakfast Friday)
  • Friday arrival - $140.00
Registration Window: NOW through Aug. 28, 2015

Conference Payment Information
  • Payment is due by Friday, Sept. 4, 2015.
  • Checks should be made payable to Tennessee FBLA.
  • Please include a copy of the invoice with the check for payment, as well as FBLA-3000 in the memo line.
  • Note: T-shirt sizes will be locked for your chapter after Aug. 28, 2015.
Mailing Address
Tennessee FBLA
11th Floor Andrew Johnson Tower
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243

To register your chapter for camp, please click

Upcoming Professional Development

We are committed to continuing to provide you with robust and relevant professional development opportunities this fall and beyond. If you have not completed the professional development survey this year, please complete the survey so upcoming trainings can be crafted based on your needs. Then, read future newsletters to find out about the professional development opportunities offered this fall. 

Adviser Opportunity: PwC-KWHS Seminar for High School Educators on Business and Financial Responsibility

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC US) and Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS) are teaming up to co-host the seventh Business and Financial Responsibility Training Seminar for High School Educators, a three-day, intensive learning experience designed to help you deepen your ability to teach financial literacy and business. The seminar (all expenses paid for those who are accepted) will take place at The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Gleacher Center, on Oct. 9-11 2015, and is open to 110 public and private high school teachers, principals, administrators and superintendents. You can read more on the seminar homepage and apply online. Deadline for applications is Aug. 9, 2015. There is no cost to apply so apply today!
For more information, please contact: 
Susan Myrtetus McCann
Jacobson Strategic Communications
One Liberty Place, Thirty-Sixth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Cell: (610) 909-2255

Dates, Deadlines, and Destinations 

Note: As an adviser, you are strongly encouraged to enter these dates, including all deadlines, into your calendar to ensure that your students do not miss out on these fun and engaging leadership training opportunities. Do it now - don't wait! 

DECA/FBLA Leadership Camp, Camp Clements, Doyle, TN - Sept. 11-13, 2015
  • Camp Registration Deadline - Aug. 28, 2015
  • Camp Payment Deadline - Sept. 4, 2015
CTSO Fall Leadership Conferences - Dates:
  1. Middle Tennessee - Bridgestone Arena, Nashville - Tuesday, Sept. 29
  2. West Tennessee - Carl Perkins Center, Jackson - Friday, Oct. 2
  3. East Tennessee - Chattanooga Convention Center - Tuesday, Oct. 6
  • FLC Registration Deadline - Sept. 11, 2015
  • FLC Payment Deadline - Sept. 18, 2015
Copyright © 2015 Tennessee FBLA (Attn: Steven J. Mitchell), All rights reserved.

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