The Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, or FBLA-PBL (FBLA-ΦΒΛ), is an American career and technical student organization headquartered in Reston, Virginia. Established in 1940, FBLA-PBL is a non-profit organization of high school ("FBLA"), middle school ("Middle Level"), and college ("FBLA-Collegiate”) students, as well as professional members ("Professional Division"), who primarily help students transition to the business world. FBLA-PBL is one of the largest student organizations in the United States, with 253,365 members, and the largest career student organization in the world. Local FBLA-PBL chapters are often connected to their school's business education department, and most advisers are business education teachers. It is one of the top 10 organizations listed by the U.S. Department of Education. FBLA's national charity partner is the March of Dimes, and the March of Dimes provides grants of $1,000 for local chapters and $2,500 for state chapters to promote their goals.
1958 , PBL
1979 , PD
1994 , FBLA-ML
|Founder||Hamden L. Forkner Sr.|
|Type||Career and technical student organization (CTSO)|
|Purpose||"FBLA-PBL inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences."|
|Headquarters||FBLA-PBL National Center|
1912 Association Drive
Reston, Virginia, U.S.
|FBLA: 209,472 (2016)
FBLA-Collegiate: 9,524 (2016)
PD: 3,975 (2016)Middle Level: ~ 30,000
|Jaya Singh, FBLA|
André Davis, FBLA-Collegiate
Alex Graham, CEO
FBLA-PBL was created by Hamden Forkner of Columbia University. Forkner, who also created the Forkner shorthand system, proposed that there should be one national organization to join the business clubs throughout the nation. The name "Future Business Leaders of America" was selected in 1940 and two years later the first chapter was created at Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tennessee. In 1958, PBL is founded with the first chapter at the University of Northern Iowa and in 1979 the Alumni Division (now the Professional Division) was founded.
The organization is governed by its board of directors, which consists of the CEO, business leaders, state educators, business education teachers, and the two division national presidents.
FBLA-PBL's membership is represented by the FBLA, PBL, and Middle Level divisions. FBLA and FBLA-Collegiate, have different national officer leadership teams. The national officers are elected by voting delegates at the National Leadership Conference (NLC) and installed during the Awards of Excellence Program.
The FBLA officer teams consist of a president, secretary, treasurer, parliamentarian, and five vice presidents representing each region. The FBLA-Collegiate officer teams consist of a president, executive vice president, vice president of communication, vice president of financial development, and vice president of membership. There are no regions in FBLA-Collegiate.
FBLA divides the United States into five administrative regions. These regions are Western, Mountain Plains, North Central, Southern, and Eastern.
Each state then has what is called a State Chapter, which has its own State Officer Team. The roles in each State Officer Team vary by state, but each usually contains a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Parliamentarian. Some also have Historians, Webmasters, and Reporters. Some states are then divided into regions, districts, or areas. These are often governed by an elected official who serves on the State Officer Team. Just like the national regional executive boards, there are small-scale boards in most regions, districts, and/or areas in most states.
Finally, each chapter has its own officer team. Chapter offices vary by chapter. While most use a structure similar to that of the national officers, others use a corporate-style structure with offices such as CEO, CIO, etc. More information can be found on the national FBLA-PBL website.
FBLA-PBL is one of the largest student organizations in the United States. FBLA is composed of four divisions: FBLA, PBL, Professional Division and FBLA-Middle Level. Each division except for Middle Level (the FBLA National Officers also represent Middle Level) has their own National Officer team, and most states have an FBLA and PBL state officer team. Some states have Middle Level and Professional Division state officer teams. The entire organization contains more than 250,000 members across the four divisions.
FBLA is the largest division of FBLA-PBL with over 209,000 members. FBLA is separated into five regions: Eastern, Southern, North Central, Mountain Plains and Western. International chapters are part of the Eastern Region. To charter an FBLA state chapter, a state must have at least five local chapters.
FBLA-Collegiate is the collegiate division of FBLA-PBL with about 10,000 members. FBLA-Collegiate can be found in traditional four year colleges, community colleges and career training programs. FBLA-Collegiate has their own National Leadership Conference (NLC) prior to FBLA's NLC, as well as a fall conference called #PBLCareers. To charter an FBLA-Collegiate state chapter, a state must have at least three local chapters.
FBLA elects their nine national officers, and FBLA-Collegiate elects their five national officers at each summer's national leadership vonference. National officers are responsible for representing the entire membership as well as designing and implementing the annual program of work to achieve FBLA-PBL's goals. Each national officer team serves for a one-year term.