“FBLA has been the highlight of my high school career. Competing at various levels has allowed me to build soft skills which will be essential to my future career goals. I have had the opportunity to network with like-minded students who have pushed me to be a better version of myself, and the leadership experience I gained has allowed me to start building my resume. I credit FBLA for giving me a passion for leadership and better prepare me for college.” - Hanna Russel, Waunakee High School local president 2018-19
About Wisconsin FBLA-PBL
Wisconsin FBLA is a state chapter of the national FBLA-PBL organization. FBLA is the largest and oldest student business organization in the world. Nationally, there are 47 state chapters with additional participation from members in China, Europe, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Haiti, and the District of Columbia. The concept of a national organization that would unite the thousands of business clubs in the nation’s high schools and colleges was envisioned in 1937 and formally named in 1940 as Future Business Leaders of America. The Wisconsin chapter was established in 1954.
It may be extra credit in Introduction to Business, the allure of free pizza, because their friends are joining, or because they are really interested in business. Many students join FBLA during their freshman or sophomore year in high school and remain in FBLA throughout their high school experience.
Students come back to FBLA year after year because of the positive experiences they have at local, state, and national events. Some crave the competition, some enjoy the leadership training, and others enjoy the exposure to local businesses. FBLA offers beneficial learning opportunities to all students regardless of whether or not they are interested in pursuing a future career in business.
Wisconsin FBLA At A Glance
6,971 Total members
216 Local chapters
5,289 Regional Leadership Conference Participants
2,178 State Leadership Conference Participants
96% Retention rate for students who join FBLA
12 Rank nationally among statewide chapters based upon membership