As a newly elected President of VBMA, I was required to attend VBMA's National Conference. There, I developed skills directly related to promoting my chapter's success as well as skills that apply on a broader scale. I learned how to write a proper mission statement for an organization, how to lead when I'm not officially in charge, and how to network in quick mini-sessions. During all the events, I was able to collaborate and discuss with other regional, national, and chapter VBMA leaders. The conference was also the first time I learned the importance of business cards. Prominent speakers at the event included Dr. Mark Russak (AAHA President), Stith Keiser (MyVeterinaryCareer Founder), and Dr. Colin Burrows (NAVC Executive Director).