Phi Beta Lambda: A new business fraternity

Phi Beta Lambda is a non-profit education association for people preparing for careers in the realm of business, marketing or accounting.

Radford University’s chapter just started and is looking for new members to join. One popular misconception about Phi Beta Lambda is that you have to be a business major to join. Unlike the other business fraternity at RU, Beta Kappa Psi, Phi Beta Lambda allows other majors to join as long as members have a desire to go into business after college and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5. There’s an interview process, but this particular chapter of Phi Beta Lambda won’t be doing those until next semester, as they’re a new organization and are trying to get new members.

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Phi Beta Lambda is a non-profit education association for people preparing for careers in the realm of business, marketing or accounting. Photo from pbl.tamu.edu.

The pinnacle of the Phi Beta Lambda experience is a four-day conference called the National Leadership Conference. Members participate in competitive events to test their knowledge about the world of business. There’s also a National Awards Program, which rewards high-performing students with scholarships.

Every year, PBL participates in the National Leadership Conference. This four-day conference is a great part of the FBLA-PBL experience, especially for those who plan to run for national office. They’ve forged partnerships with industry leaders to underwrite competitive events and scholarships for nationally ranked students. Each fall, new leaders and advisors from chapters across the nation gather for one of four conferences designed to guide and motivate them for the year. This includes workshops, seminars, exhibits and general sessions, as well as the benefit of networking among peers from other cities and states.

PBL isn’t a social fraternity, so most of the events are business-oriented. They’ll likely get more involved in the community as they gain more members, but for now they don’t have the resources to do some of the charity events other business fraternities have done in the past. They aren’t a typical party fraternity, as is typical of an academic organization. Most of what PBL does as an organization occurs during the meetings.

This site is a great source for FBLA-PBL association details.  They hold meetings every Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in COBE 202 (though this is subject to change as membership grows). For updates on what’s going on, contact Kirsten Basham (kbasham4@radford.edu) or the president, Dillon Shelton (dshelton3@radford.edu). PBL is actively searching for new members so feel free to check them out!