By JUSTIN YEH
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) plans to “get down to business” at its annual Officers and Advisors Training (OAT) Day, which will be held at Yorba Linda High School on Sept. 16.
Section officers will hold workshops to teach attendees essential skills, such as public speaking and reaching out to sponsors, for running a successful chapter, and officers will be able to share ideas and network with other members. To conclude the training day, a guest keynote speaker will give insight about the experiences and skills he or she obtained from FBLA.
FBLA adviser Christina Rouw believes that OAT Day is crucial for officers to adjust to strict guidelines and rules.
“New officers and advisers learn what their responsibilities and expectations are for the club. I am hoping [officers] will learn how to not only manage a large group of people, but also plan and promote events,” Rouw said.
President senior Ying Yang hopes to take advantage of this opportunity to strengthen her leadership skills.
“I am looking forward to all the workshops the section leaders have [prepared] for us,” Yang said. “Hopefully, I [will] be able to learn something new, like how to retain membership and make our events more exciting.”
According to Vice President of Fundraising junior Katie Kyan, there are certain aspects of OAT Day that can be improved.
“I wish [general] members were allowed to attend OAT Day to learn what is expected [of them] if they become officers,” Kyan said. “[Also], I hope that the section board brings in more keynote speakers [this year].”
FBLA’s next event is the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) at the Ontario Convention Center on Oct. 28 and 29.