Jindal School Student Group Lands Top Honors at National Leadership Conference


Phi Beta Lambda national team

Phi Beta Lambda students traveled to the National Leadership Conference held June 23-28 in Atlanta. The students posed at nationals with JSOM staff member Briana Paulman (back row, left) and chapter advisor Dr. Michele Lockhart (back row, right). They are: (middle row, left to right) Sejal Mali, Mounika Mutyala, Nousheen Karimi , Bethany Salgado and (front row, left to right) Ramya Jose, Nidhi Gotgi, Phimlamphay Merry Dimanh and Meher Vallabhaneni.

Members of the business-career student group Phi Beta Lambda earned top awards at the organization’s national conference, where they showcased their talents and competed with 1,700 students from across the country.

A two-person team—Nousheen Karimi, a global business major, and Mounika Mutyala, a supply chain management major—took home first-place wins in two national categories while another team—engineering major and business minor Phimlamphay Merry Dimanh and global business major Bethany Salgado—earned a second-place victory at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference held in Atlanta June 23-28.

In addition, three other teams placed in the top 10 in the nation in the categories of business ethics, business presentation and future business executive.

“We set records again this year. Placing first in the nation in two categories is something our chapter has never seen. Also, we were nationally recognized as an outstanding chapter,” said chapter advisor Dr. Michele Lockhart. “Additionally, our chapter president, Merry Dimanh, was elected to serve at the national level as the 2016-2017 Mountain Plains Region vice president. Merry ran a great campaign.”

Students from across the United States attend the annual conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks and participate in 60 business and business-related competitive events.

Awards and Winners
Event Name JSOM Contestants Place
Management Analysis and Decision Making Nousheen Karimi and Mounika Mutyala 1st ($1,500)
Human Resource Management Nousheen Karimi and Mounika Mutyala 1st ($1,500)
Mobile Applications Development Phimlamphay Merry Dimanh and Bethany Salgado 2nd ($100)
Business Ethics Ramya Jose and Sejal Mali Top 10 in nation
Business Presentation Meher Vallabhaneni Top 10 in nation
Future Business Executive Harshita Guduru Top 10 in nation