The mission of Washington PBL is to inspire and prepare students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.
- Develop competent, aggressive business leadership.
- Strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work.
- Create more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise.
- Encourage members in the development of individual projects that contribute to the improvement of home, business, and community.
- Develop character, prepare for useful citizenship, and foster patriotism.
- Encourage and practice efficient money management.
- Encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty.
- Assist students in the establishment of occupational goals.
- Facilitate the transition from school to work.
Code of Ethics
I will be honest and sincere.
I will approach each task with confidence in my ability to perform my work at a high standard.
I will willingly accept responsibilities and duties.
I will seek to profit from my mistakes and take suggestions and criticisms directed toward the improvement of myself and my work.
I will abide by the rules and regulations of my school.
I will exercise initiative and responsibility and will cooperate with my employer and fellow workers.
I will dress and act in a manner that will bring respect to me and to my school.
I will seek to improve my community by contributing my efforts and my resources to worthwhile projects.
I believe education is the right of every person.
I believe the future depends on mutual understanding and cooperation among business, industry, labor, religious, family, and educational institutions, as well as people around the world. I agree to do my utmost to bring about understanding and cooperation among all of these groups.
I believe every person should prepare for a useful occupation and carry on that occupation in a manner that brings the greatest good to the greatest number.
I believe every person should actively work toward improving social, political, community, and family life.
I believe every person has the right to earn a living at a useful occupation.
I believe every person should take responsibility for carrying out assigned tasks in a manner that brings credit to self, associates, school, and community.
I believe I have the responsibility to work efficiently and to think clearly. I promise to use my abilities to make the world a better place for everyone.
I solemnly promise to uphold the aims and responsibilities of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda and, as an active member, I shall strive to develop the qualities necessary in becoming a responsible business leader.
Usage: All local advisers are responsible for protecting the use and image of WA PBL’s logo and trademarked items. Local PBL chapters are permitted to use trademarked items without obtaining approval from Washington PBL on printed materials, promotional pieces, and displays that are not sold.
Written approval must be obtained from Washington PBL for any item that will be sold by local PBL chapters. Commercial vendors are not permitted to use WA PBL trademarks, service marks, or trade names on any merchandise offered for sale or otherwise unless the vendor has been specifically granted a license by Washington PBL. For logo use permission, email the executive director.
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- Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL)
- Phi Beta Lambda (PBL or ΦΒΛ)
- Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Professional Division or Professional Division (PD)
History of FBLA-PBL
1937: Hamden L. Forkner of Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City, proposes to business teachers across the country that a national organization is needed for the thousands of business clubs in the nation’s high schools and colleges.
1940: The National Council for Business Education (now known as the National Business Education Association) sponsors the proposed student organization. Committees are appointed to formulate the organization’s general plans. The name “Future Business Leaders of America” is selected for the organization.
1942: The first high school chapter is chartered in Science Hill High School in Johnson City, TN on February 3. The first collegiate chapter is chartered at the University of Northern Iowa on February 10.
1946: The United Business Education Association assumes sponsorship of FBLA. Headquarters office for FBLA is established at the National Education Association Center in Washington, D.C.
1958: The postsecondary division, Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), is created. PBL chapters were previously considered as [collegiate] FBLA chapters, and still may referred as FBLA-PBL chapters.
1969: National FBLA-PBL is granted independent status as a nonprofit educational student association under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3). FBLA-PBL acquires its own national board of directors and full-time staff.
1973: FBLA-PBL appoints Edward D. Miller as the association’s first full-time executive director.
1975: Our PBL state chapter becomes fully active when Walla Walla Community College formed our 1st WA PBL local chapter.
1979: The national board of directors approves establishment of the FBLA-PBL Alumni Division.
1981: The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation purchases 1.6 acres of land in the Center for Educational Associations, Reston, Virginia, as the site for a future FBLA-PBL National Center.
1987: FBLA-PBL national membership tops 200,000 for the first time.
1989: The Alumni Division is renamed as the Professional Division (PD) to include alumni and professional businesspeople.
1990: The groundbreaking ceremony is held for the FBLA-PBL National Center.
1991: The grand opening of the 11,600 square foot FBLA-PBL National Center is held.
1994: The FBLA–Middle Level (FBLA-ML) division is formed for middle school and junior high students.
1997: Edward D. Miller retires as president and chief executive officer of the national association. Jean Buckley is appointed president and chief executive officer.
2001: FBLA-PBL National Center mortgage is retired.
2017: FBLA-PBL celebrates its 75th anniversary, leaving A Legacy of Leadership at the NLC in Anaheim, CA.
2018: The National Board of Directors approved a new mission statement across the association.