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Heartland Phi Beta Lambda members place in state business competition

April 12, 2022

Heartland Community College students posted a strong showing at this year’s Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference. 

Heartland students placed in business-centric categories at the state competition. For the first time since 2019, the conference was held in-person, with competition being held in Effingham. 

Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is a national student organization that prepares members for careers in business. Members of PBL can compete in a variety of categories at the state and national level.

Five students posted top-three finishes in the state competition. 

Cintia Arias:
2nd Place, Administrative Support Technologies

Rodney Billerback:
2nd Place, Retail Management
3rd Place, Job Interview

Joni Russell:
1st Place, Administrative Support Technologies
1st Place, Business Communications

Bryce Teubel:
1st Place, Macroeconomics
2nd Place, Microeconomics
2nd Place, Business Ethics (team event)

Cade Walder:
2nd Place, Job Interview
2nd Place, Business Ethics (team event) 

Heartland Community College instructor and Associate Director of Business Technology Linda Lambert was also honored as the Illinois PBL Advisor of the Year

“The Illinois Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference and competition is a great way for students to show the skills they will take into the workplace,” said Linda Lambert. “Our PBL students represent the College in a great way, and these high marks demonstrate their hard work inside and outside of the classroom.” 

Students placing 1st or 2nd at the State Conference will compete in the National Leadership Conference held in Chicago June 24-27. Heartland students will compete against over 2,000 students representing 44 colleges and universities from throughout the United States. 

About Phi Beta Lambda

The mission of Phi Beta Lambda is to provide leadership training and service opportunities to students and is a national business organization that welcomes students in any major. Each month, Heartland’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter invites local business leaders to speak about entrepreneurship, networking, interviewing skills, business success and failures, leadership skills, and goal setting. It is this type of partnership and professional support that Phi Beta Lambda provides for their student and professional members. 

Written by: Steve Fast