2021 NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

2021 PBL National Leadership Conference (NLC)
Competitive Events Administration

PLEASE NOTE: These competitive event guidelines are in place only for the virtual 2021 National Leadership Conference.

REQUIREMENTS PRIOR TO COMPETING

    • Each competitor (and/or local adviser) is responsible for the following:
      1. Reading and following the competitive event guidelines that are found in the PBL Competitive Event Guidelines document.
      2. Reading and following any modified competitive event guidelines for the 2021 virtual NLC that are found further down on this page (click on the link for your event category).
      3. Reading and agreeing to abide by the Honor Code for the 2021 National Leadership Conference.  Each competitor must check the box on the 2021 NLC Conference Registration Form that indicates they agree to comply with the Honor Code.
      4. Reading and following the Digital Submission Guidelines that have been developed specifically for the 2021 NLC.  These guidelines have been developed in order to carry out an online competitive events experience at the 2021 NLC.
      5. All local advisers should reach out to their state adviser providing the information as to which members who qualified for national competition will be competing at NLC. Please check with your state adviser for the best process in sharing this information.
      6. All local advisers should reach out to their state adviser to confirm that their members have been properly registered for their competitive event(s).

FIELDING COMPETITORS

  • All competitors will have to go through their state’s process to qualify for competitive events.
  • FBLA-PBL will be holding a separate open events program that any member who has registered/paid for NLC can participate in.  This open events program is similar to the one offered at previous in-person NLCs.  Please click on the Open Events category tab below to see which open events are being offered.

ELIGIBILITY

  • A PBL member may participate in two (2) events.
  • Any member who competed at the 2020 NLE, or any previous NLC, should note that all FBLA-PBL established guidelines regarding repeat competitors are in place for the 2021 NLC.

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR EVENTS INVOLVING JUDGED COMPETITIONS

  • A team competing in any presentation/performance/demonstration event that involves live judging via Zoom may present to the judges in one of the following ways:
    • Using separate accounts from separate locations with the Event Administrator moving the competitors as a group.
    • Using one account with all competitors in the same location.
  • PLEASE NOTE: FBLA-PBL advises using appropriate precautions and following any guidelines and restrictions as set forth by the CDC, your local and state governments, or your specific educational institution.

ONLINE COMPETITIVE EVENTS FOR THE 2021 NLC

Individual Objective Test Events
Take test online via ESESS.

  • Online, objective tests will be administered as open book/open notes/open Internet search.

Events in this category:

  • Accounting Principles
  • Computer Concepts
  • Contemporary Sports Issues
  • Cyber Security
  • Entrepreneurship Concepts
  • Financial Concepts
  • Information Management
  • Insurance Concepts
  • Justice Administration
  • Macroeconomics
  • Management Concepts
  • Marketing Concepts
  • Microeconomics
  • Networking Concepts
  • Organizational Behavior & Leadership
  • Personal Finance
  • Programming Concepts
  • Project Management
  • Retail Management
  • Sports Management & Marketing
  • Statistical Analysis

Production and Objective Test Events

  • Submit production test and take online, objective test via ESESS.
    • Online, objective tests will be administered as open book/open notes/open Internet search.
  • Events in this category:
    • Accounting for Professionals
    • Administrative Supportive Technology
    • Business Communication
    • Cost Accounting
    • Desktop Publishing*
      * Project, rather than production test, submitted for this event.

Objective Test with Presentation Events

  • Take objective test portion online via ESESS.
      • Where collaborative objective tests are concerned, teams will take test individually and FBLA-PBL will average the scores of the team members.
        • PLEASE NOTE: If a registered team member(s) does not log in and take the test, the scores of only the remaining team member(s) will be averaged.  The team member(s) who did not take the test forfeit their eligibility for the remainder of the event; they will be dropped from the team and will not be allowed to continue in the competition.  If a dropped team member attempts to compete, the entire team would be subject to disqualification at the discretion of the National Awards Program (NAP) Committee.
      • Online, objective tests will be administered as open book/open notes/open Internet search.
  • Competitors will receive the case study the day before their scheduled presentation and will have until their scheduled presentation to research the case study and prepare their presentation for the judges.
  • Events in this category:
    • Accounting Analysis & Decision Making
    • Business Decision Making
    • Economic Analysis & Decision Making
    • Financial Analysis & Decision Making
    • Financial Services
    • Forensic Accounting
    • Global Analysis & Decision Making
    • Help Desk*
    • Hospitality Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Management Analysis & Decision Making
    • Marketing Analysis & Decision Making
    • Network Design
    • Parliamentary Procedure*
      *Competitors will be admitted to preparation room in Zoom, and then moved to the performance (role play) room in Zoom.

Presentation Events

  • Judged live via Zoom.
  • Events in this category:
    • Business Ethics
    • Business Law
    • Business Presentation#
    • Business Sustainability
    • Client Service*
    • Digital Media #
    • Emerging Business Issues
    • Integrated Marketing Campaign #
    • Sales Presentation#
    • Social Media Challenge#
    • Strategic Analysis & Decision Making
  • #These events allow the use of equipment with the presentation. Competitors will be allowed to share screen to aid in presenting, but the camera must remain on so judges can also see competitors while sharing screen.
  • *Competitors will be admitted to preparation room in Zoom, and then moved to the performance (role play) room in Zoom.

Speech Events

  • Judged live via Zoom.
  • Events in this category:
    • Impromptu Speaking*
    • Public Speaking
  • *Competitors will be admitted to preparation room in Zoom, and then moved to the performance room in Zoom.

Demonstration Events

  • Judged live via Zoom.
  • Competitors will be allowed to share screen to aid in demonstrating project, but camera must remain on so judges can also see competitors while sharing screen.
  • Events in this category:
    • Website Design

Prejudged Reports with Presentation

  • Submit report for prejudging.
  • Record presentation and post online for preliminary and final round judging.
    • No Q&A.
    • Same video will be judged for both preliminary and final round of competition.
  • Events in this category:
    • Community Service Project
    • Local Chapter Annual Business Report *
    • Small Business Management Plan
  • *No presentation video for this event, judging only on submitted report.

Interview Events

  • Prejudged materials (resume and letter of application, unit plan for Future Business Educator) will be submitted for prejudging.
  • Objective test for Future Business Executive will be taken online via ESESS prior to interviews.
    • Online, objective tests will be administered as open book/open notes/open Internet search.
  • Interviews will be judged live via Zoom.
  • Events in this category:
    • Future Business Educator
    • Future Business Executive
    • Job Interview

Open Events

  • Any PBL member who is registered/paid for NLC may take one of the following open event online objective tests:
    • Advertising
    • E-commerce
    • Health Care Administration
    • Non-Profit Management
    • Real Estate
    • Supply Chain Management
  • The testing window for open events will be June 14 – 18.
  • The member scoring highest on each test will be recognized during the Awards of Excellence Ceremony on June 26.

TIMELINE

May 14, 2021 All competitive event registration must be completed by state advisers
May 14, 2021 PDFs of prejudged reports and interview event materials (resumes/letters of application, unit plan for Future Business Educator) must be submitted by state advisers
(Community Service Project, Future Business Educator, Future Business Executive, Job Interview, Local Chapter Annual Business Report, Small Business Management Plan)
May 14, 2021 URLs of all performance event videos must be submitted by state advisers
(Community Service Project, Small Business Management Plan)
May 21, 2021 Production tests must be submitted
(Accounting for Professionals, Administrative Support Technology, Business Communications, Cost Accounting, Desktop Publishing)
June 7 – 11, 2021 Testing window for all objective test events
June 14 – 18, 2021 Testing window for OPEN EVENT objective tests only
(Advertising, E-commerce, Health Care Administration, Non-Profit Management, Real Estate, Supply Chain Management)
June 16, 2021 Objective Test with Performance/Role Play event finalists announced
(Accounting Analysis & Decision Making, Business Decision Making, Economic Analysis & Decision Making, Financial Analysis & Decision Making, Financial Services, Forensic Accounting, Global Analysis & Decision Making, Help Desk, Hospitality Management, Human Resource Management, Management Analysis & Decision Making, Marketing Analysis & Decision Making, Network Design, and Parliamentary Procedure)
June 17, 2021 Performance/demonstration event preliminary round judging, via Zoom
(Business Ethics, Business Sustainability, Client Service, Digital Media, Future Business Educator, Job Interview, Public Speaking, Sales Presentation, Social Media Challenge)
June 18, 2021 Performance/demonstration event preliminary round judging, via Zoom
(Business Law, Business Presentation, Emerging Business Issues, Future Business Executive, Impromptu Speaking, Integrated Marketing Campaign, Strategic Analysis & Decision Making, Website Design)
June 21, 2021 Performance/demonstration event finalists announced
June 23, 2021 Performance/demonstration events final round judging
(Accounting Analysis & Decision Making, Business Decision Making, Business Ethics, Business Law, Business Presentation, Business Sustainability, Client Service, Digital Media, Economic Analysis & Decision Making, Emerging Business Issues, Financial Analysis & Decision Making, Financial Services, Forensic Accounting, Future Business Educator, Future Business Executive, Global Analysis & Decision Making, Help Desk, Hospitality Management, Human Resource Management, Impromptu Speaking, Integrated Marketing Campaign, Job Interview, Management Analysis & Decision Making, Marketing Analysis & Decision Making, Network Design, Parliamentary Procedure, Public Speaking, Sales Presentation, Social Media Challenge, Strategic Analysis & Decision Making, Website Design)
June 26, 2021 Awards of Excellence Ceremony, #1 (for objective test, production test events)
June 27, 2021
Awards of Excellence Ceremony, #2 (for all other events)
After NLC Competitive event awards and prize checks sent to winners
After NLC Competitive event winners published in Tomorrow’s Business Leader (TBL) NLE Special Edition – online
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