Almost five years after graduating, I consider managing ECLR 2009 and JDC Central 2011 to be some of the biggest highlights of my student career. I learned an incredible amount leading teams to make these events a reality. If you are looking for serious business management experience while you’re still in school, plan a conference or competition. From initial planning through execution, you’ll gain practical experience in all areas of business. Most importantly, and I cannot understate this, these events give you an incredible amount of experience with stakeholder, customer and employee/volunteer management. The opportunities for students to lead teams on projects of this scale are very rare. I use the skills developed while planning ECLR and JDC Central everyday and they have given me a big advantage early in my career. My advice? Jump in and don’t look back! Planning a CABS’ conference will one of the best things you can do during your time at university and there are very few other opportunities that are as professionally, and personally, enriching.