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FBLA Alumni Spotlight

Whitni Redman is a former 2011-2012 Colorado State Executive Vice President and National Mountain Plains Vice President. Her favorite part about being a national and state officer were the training sessions. She says “During the national officer training sessions, we stayed up late and sat out in the hallway just to talk and get to know each other. It was so much fun being with other great leaders from across the country, working towards one goal.” FBLA benefited Whitni in various ways! “FBLA benefited me by teaching me skills that were crucial in being successful in college and graduate school.” Whinti explains. She mastered many important skills through FBLA including interview skills, being able to handle conflict, and communicate in a professional manner. “Most importantly, FBLA trained me to be a team leader. From being a college athlete, to holding officer positions in organizations, to even being a productive member of a lab this skill has been crucial.” she says. Currently, Whitni is a fourth year graduate student pursuing her PhD in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Her laboratory is based in the Department of Surgery. Whitni’s thesis work focuses on treatments for chronic wound infections such as diabetic foot ulcers and venous ulcers. Once she completes her degree, she plans to pursue a career in academia and will apply for faculty positions at universities. A personal quote from Whitni is one she tells her students frequently in the lab -- “A good mentor nurtures the mind.” She uses this quote to remind her students that although she is a mentor and is there to help and guide them to the right questions, she is not there to do all the work.

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