I had the privilege yesterday of being one of the judges at the Colorado Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) event in Vail. 3,800 attendees descend on Vail and you can't help but get a grin from the enthusiasm and talent shown by the students.
FBLA is a local, state and national organization for secondary students who are participating in business and business-related programs. The purpose of FBLA is to provide, as an integral part of the instructional program, additional opportunities for secondary students (grade 9-12) in business and/or business-related fields to develop career and technical supportive competencies, and to promote civic and personal responsibilities. The FBLA’s National Awards Program recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. Through state-based competition at the spring State Leadership Conferences, students compete in events testing their business knowledge and skills. Top state winners are then eligible to compete for national awards at the National Leadership Conference each summer.
The FBLA believes that in preparation for an active leadership role, today’s classroom instruction is not enough to develop strong, assertive leaders. Through Future Business Leaders of America, members learn how to lead and participate in group discussions, preside at meetings and conferences, work effectively within committees and engage in practical problem solving and decision making. Members learn the value of competition on local, district, state and national levels by experiencing the responsibility of success as well as the challenge of defeat.
Future Business Leaders of America can function as an integral part of the instructional program of the business curriculum in secondary schools. FBLA is composed of active, professional, honorary life and national honorary life members.
All chapters and the national organization are guided in their plans and activities by advisory committees–business instructors, professional member, school administrators and/or business men and women.