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Wisconsin FBLA Fall Leadership Labs

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The 2018 Fall Leadership Labs have finished.  Please review the information below to prepare for the 2019 Fall Leadership Labs.  

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 on Monday, August 20, 2018, and closes on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at 4 PM.

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

Appleton on Wednesday October 10, 2018 

Menomonie on Thursday, October 11, 2018

Madison on Friday, October 12, 2018 

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

Appleton, Menomonie & Madison 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 - 10:55    Session 1
11:00 - 11:55    Session 2
12:00 - 12:40    Lunch (included with registration)
12:45 - 1:40      Session 3
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:

Keynote Speaker Patrick Grady

Patrick T. Grady is a former middle school and high school educator who now travels full-time throughout our nation inspiring and encouraging individuals to do their best in all that they attempt. Patrick has more than two decades of experience speaking full time to associations, corporations, chambers of commerce, civic groups, educators and students. Patrick is the author of the book, “Who Packs the Parachute?” and is co-author of “Teen Power Too” and “Teen Power & Beyond.” Patrick is dedicated to helping others to improve themselves through the use of each person’s individual talents, skills, abilities, and mental attitude.

Patrick, a graduate of the University of Florida, is the former vice-president of the Tomorrow’s America Foundation, Inc. (TAF). TAF is an organization that develops and implements leadership workshops for adults and young leaders. He empowers participants to study the principles of motivation, goal setting, group dynamics, communication, free enterprise, belief in self, public speaking, and creative leadership.

Patrick’s speaking provides individuals with numerous keys to successful living. His unique ability to make people laugh keeps audiences on the edge of their seats and wanting more. Thousands of individuals have been inspired and motivated by Patrick’s lighthearted messages.

Directions and Parking

Appleton - Fox Valley Technical College: A campus site map and floor plan can be found here.  Parking is generally available, and it is recommended to park or drop students off at the North Lot.  The conference will take place in rooms A170, C190, and HS114.  These rooms are located by Entrance 16.

Madison - American Family Insurance National Headquarters: See the campus map here.  The conference will take place in the A-Building.  Visitors may park in the assigned Visitor Parking on either side of the building. Buses should drop students off at the roundabout near the A-Building's Atrium entrance.

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.  The conference will be held in the Crystal Ballroom on the second floor, rooms 239A, B, and C. Parking is available in Lot 29, with a parking pass to be provided prior to the conference.  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.

Inclement Weather Policies

Appleton - Fox Valley Technical College: If inclement weather makes travel too dangerous, notice of cancellation/closing will be released by the college administration. For inquiries regarding Fox Valley Technical College campus emergencies due to inclement weather and other conditions, please call our campus emergency hotline: (920) 735-4700 or 1-800-211-6409. Notices will also be provided to local media. A list of stations may be found at