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Wisconsin FBLA Fall Leadership Labs

Breaking News

This event will not be held in-person in 2020. Learn more about the Wisconsin FBLA Fall Leadership Experience.

New in 2019 is a new format with a 4th breakout session giving your members connections with a Wisconsin FBLA partner while maintaining a high energy experience for your members throughout the day.  Check out our official programs for each location:  Madison (Crowne Plaza Hotel), De Pere (St. Norbert College), Menomonie (UW-Stout)Directions and parking information has been updated for all locations.

What are the Fall Leadership Labs?

Wisconsin FBLA's Fall Leadership labs are a fun and affordable event featuring special presentations and workshops that focus on leadership skills to get your chapter pumped and ready for the new year! If you are interested in getting more involved with FBLA then please join us!

FBLA Membership is recommended, but not required to attend the labs.

Why you should go

  • Connect with other FBLA members from your region -- High School and Middle Level students are encouraged to attend!

  • Learn leadership skills from members of your State Officer Team and special guest speaker.

  • Experience FBLA with programming specially crafted for first-year FBLA members and students with future leadership potential.

  • Grow through Adviser/Teacher Professional Development.  This will be held during breakout sessions to connect faculty advisers with their Business & IT Education Consultant /FBLA State Adviser, Dave Thomas; to learn more about FBLA topics specific to the upcoming school year; to discuss regional and state education initiatives with support from the Wisconsin Educators of Business and Information Technology (WEBIT) professional association; and to network with Wisconsin FBLA-PBL Foundation, Inc representative(s) to connect with initiatives to support your local chapter.

What you need to know


  • Registration is $25 for both students & advisers.
  • FBLA membership is recommended but not required.
  • Register early - space is very limited!
  • Registration opens during the week of August 12 and closes on Friday, September 27, 2019, at 4 PM.

Select the location below to register your chapter to attend a Fall Leadership Lab:

Madison (Crowne Plaza Hotel) on Monday, October 7, 2019 

DePere (St. Norbert) on Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Menomonie (UW-Stout) on Wednesday, October 9, 2019

At check-in, students will be assigned to different sectionals -- that way almost all chapters are represented at each breakout session and members can network with other chapters.

Scholarships Available!

Conference scholarship funds are available from the Wisconsin FBLA-PBL Foundation to help offset registration costs for economically disadvantaged members. School officials may complete the WI FBLA Foundation Conference Registration Credit form.

Program & Schedule

Madison, De Pere, and Menomonie Schedule:

8:30 - 8:55        Check-in/Registration
9:00 - 9:55        Opening Session (Officer Team Welcome, State Highlights, Special Guest Presentations, and Opening Keynote)
10:00 - 10:40    Session 1
10:45 - 11:25    Session 2
11:30 - 12:15    Lunch (included with registration)
12:20 - 1:00      Session 3
1:00 - 1:40        Session 4
1:45 - 2:30        Closing Session (Closing Keynote and Officer Team Reminders)

Member Breakout Sessions:

Future - Our Tri Leadership keynote speaker highlights how members can take extend their knowledge, skills and habits beyond their experience in FBLA.
Business - A team of state officers explore a wide range of individual and chapter recognition opportunities giving Wisconsin FBLA members the tools to build a portfolio of accomplishments with a wide range of awards programs.
Leader - A team of state officers identify with Wisconsin FBLA members the numerous ways that they can be a leader in FBLA with a focus on service minded leadership in their community.

Keynote Speaker:

Erica Prosser

Wisconsin FBLA is thrilled to announce that Erica Prosser will be our national keynote speaker.  Erica lives her life by three little words – listen, learn, lead. A lifelong basketball player, she thrives in team settings and knows that listening carefully and learning from others makes for a great leader. Erica was the captain of her basketball team at Lehigh University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and won two Patriot League championships. She then went on to play professionally in Sweden and Iceland.

After retiring from basketball, Erica began her career in the nonprofit sector, working for several different organizations in Pittsburgh, PA and Chicago, IL. Most recently, Erica worked for GG+A, a nonprofit consulting firm, supporting clients across the country in their fundraising and communication efforts. Service is her heart, and she spends much of her free time coaching basketball, serving at church, and volunteering around Chicago.

Erica is also co-founder of Philanthropy Playmakers, an online community built for those who use sports as a vehicle for social impact. Her company helps professionals in the sports philanthropy industry connect and learn from each other by providing a platform to share best practices and lessons learned.

Now, Erica is the Director of Training Operations @TEAMTRI where she helps her team develop empowered leaders around the world. She believes wholeheartedly in TRI’s mission to bring light to dark places, and she is passionate about encouraging young leaders to bring their authentic selves to everything they do.

Directions and Parking

De Pere - St. Norbert College:  Unloading zone: There is an area you can pull into to unload items for the day near the entrance of the Bemis Center. I have placed a red * on that location on the map.

P11 and P14 - Visitor Parking:  Vans and cars can park here.  There are around 105 parking spaces and no other outside events on campus that day, so there should be plenty of spaces available.  Additionally, given the arrival time between 8-8:30, that should help as well.  

Donald J. Schneider Stadium:  Busses can park here.  This is about 3/4 of a mile from campus on 4th Street and will be easily identified. 

Bus Drop Off:  3rd Street on the East side of the street (northbound lane).  There are areas along 3rd Street near the Bemis Center and the main walking entrance to campus where busses and vans can pull over to drop off students. 

Madison - Crowne Plaza Hotel: Use this travel map for directions to the facility.  The event will take place in Three Lakes Ballroom.  Parking is available directly at the hotel.

Menomonie - UW-Stout: A campus map can be found here.  The event will take place at the Memorial Student Center, marker 45 on the map.  A floor plan of the center can be found here.  Conference registration is located outide the Crystal Ballroom on the second floor. It is recommended that the buses drop off and pick up on 10th street, which goes directly by the Memorial Student Center. Buses will drop off and pick up at UW-Stout, but will not have parking in UW-Stout lots. They are able to find off street parking several blocks from campus or find a place off campus to park such as Walmart.  Guests parking a vehicle must follow the Lot 29 Pay Station Steps.

  1. Park with your license plate visible to the drive lane in an unsigned space in Lot 29 (located on the SE corner of 3rd St E and 13th Ave). You will need to know your license plate number to enter into the pay station.
    1. Link to campus map:
  2. Walk to the pay station and follow the prompts.
    1. Press any button to start
    2. Enter license plate number
    3. Purchase – enter Yes – there is no charge
    4. Enter number of hours to be 8 – permit is valid all day
    5. Enter Coupon Code: 19FBLA8424
    6. Do not need a receipt to display
  3. Location of pay stations near lot 29:
    1. One located north of 13th Avenue near the Applied Arts Building.
    2. One located on the west side of 3rd Street East near the Sports & Fitness Center
  4. Once the information is entered you are valid to park in Lot 29.  There is no longer a need to display a permit on the dash of the vehicle. Let us know if you have any questions. Thank you. Parking Services 715-232-1792

Inclement Weather Policies

Wisconsin FBLA will follow protocols that are affiliated with each of our host locations and use the discretion under the guidance of our executive board if needed.

For questions about this information, contact David Thomas (608) 266-2348