FBLA-PBL stands for Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda, which represents the high school and collegiate divisions of the organization. However, a lesser known part of FBLA-PBL is the Professional Division. The Professional Division is for business professionals looking to help mentor the next generation of young business leaders as support and promote FBLA-PBL and the goals of the organization. Professional Division members can help by supporting FBLA-PBL programs and serving as liaisons between the workplace and the classroom, mentoring FBLA-Middle Level, FBLA, and PBL members to strengthen leadership and provide career counseling, and keeping FBLA-Middle Level, FBLA, and PBL members informed on current business trends.
For the past several years, Sophie Burtman’s home FBLA chapter of Divide County High School in North Dakota has been recognized on the national stage for having the Largest Local Professional Division Chapter in the country. In Divide County, Professional Division members often work with FBLA members and assist them with projects and competitive events by serving as mentors and judges, as well as chaperoning both state and national conferences. These Professional Division members provide invaluable knowledge and experience to high school members and help them get the most out of their business education. Anyone who has an interest in helping to mentor the next generation of business leaders can become a Professional Division member and members include FBLA-PBL alumni, employers, educators, FBLA-PBL advisers, parents, and business professionals.
Professional Division members also receive a number of benefits simply by joining. Members can take advantage of discounts provided to members and start saving money today. Companies that offer discounts to Professional Division members include Alamo Rent A Car, Amazon, GEICO, HP Inc., Hyatt Hotels, Men’s Wearhouse, Office Depot and OfficeMax, and Wyndham Hotel Group. Members also receive copies of The Professional Edge, an e-newsletter written specifically for professional division members, and copies of the Tomorrow’s Business Leader and PBL Business Leader magazines.
Members also have the opportunity to travel and network with members across the country at leadership conferences. They will be able to learn, teach, compete, and just have fun. At the National Leadership Conference, members have a chance to meet and network with fellow business leaders from all industries and share their experiences as an established business leader with your peers and students.
If you are passionate about business leaderships and would like to make an impact by educating and mentoring young business leaders, the Professional Division is the perfect organization for you. Members are able to reach out and mold students into successful future leaders. If you are interested in joining, you can sign up on the official FBLA-PBL website at the following url: https://members.fbla-pbl.org/members_online/members/newmember_prof.asp