PBL Institute for Leaders (IFL)

“We have a golden opportunity to prove to the nation that the schools and colleges can do the job. Let's take advantage of that opportunity immediately.”
FBLA-PBL Founder Dr. Hamden L. Forkner

Dr. Forkner’s vision for Phi Beta Lambda has been getting the job done for 75 years through a legacy of excellence. And there's no better place for golden opportunities and experiencing PBL excellence than traveling to the Golden State for the PBL Institute for Leaders in Anaheim!
Take advantage of Dr. Forkner’s opportunity, and discover why thousands of PBL leaders and advisers intentionally take precious summer time from college, family, and work to spend two days investing in their personal leadership and growing their professional influence. At IFL, you’ll meet PBL’s top members and leaders. You’ll network and gain valuable personal and professional insights from business leaders and career experts. Learn valuable leadership insights, practices, and next generation business management tools at IFL 2017.


Registering for IFL is quick and easy! Just log in and have your chapter number and password available. A list of the IFL registration rates is located at go.fbla.org/NLC.

Two Awesome Leadership Tracks

What is “X”? It’s the unknown quantity. Leaders solve for X and multiply. And, that’s exactly what you’ll experience in the X Academy at IFL. You’ll gain leadership solutions for PBL, career, and life. PBL leaders and advisers will deep dive to experience the tools of transformational leadership. You’ll learn how to grow your influence, improve relationships, create awesome team dynamics, and positive culture everyone wants to join. Members will learn how to create clarity, truly connect, and become a leader worth following in PBL, life, and career!


Hire your next employer! That’s right. Optimizing and advancing your career is as much about you hiring the right employer with your time and talent as it is about them hiring you with their cash and benefits. Explore your behavioral style and learn techniques to research company culture to ensure an optimal fit. Learn how to position your PBL, college, work, and life experience to ensure employers understand the value and advantage you bring to their organization. Participate in résumé reviews and interview scenarios to practice and grow your confidence. Learn salary and benefit negotiation. Polish your professionalism and networking skills. Develop a career plan to accelerate your future.

PBL Leading Legacy Panel (Day 1)
Meet distinguished PBL alumni who are building a legacy of leadership in business today. You’ll be inspired, encouraged, and blown away to learn how what you do in FBLA-PBL creates success and builds your own leadership legacy!
Top Ten Takeaway Sessions (Day 2)
Time flies when you’re having fun! And that is what the Top 10 Takeaway Sessions are all about. Gain 10 new leadership tips every 30 minutes—then SWITCH! Practical takeaways from hacks and apps to chapter activities and competition secrets await you! Great resources and good times in these special Top 10 Takeaway Sessions.


Attire on day one of IFL is FBLA-PBL spirit attire. Show your state and chapter pride by wearing your NLC conference shirt or state/local chapter polo/shirt. Attire on day two of IFL is professional dress. Follow the FBLA-PBL Dress Code. Jeans and shorts are not appropriate on either day. T-shirts on day one are only permitted if they are FBLA-PBL branded shirts.

Schedule Overview

All sessions are for PBL leaders and advisers

Day 1
PBL Spirit Attire (NLC shirt or PBL polos)


7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Opening Adventure
9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
  • X Academy
  • Career Optimizer
11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)
1:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Leadership Tracks Continue
3:45 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
PBL Leading Legacy Panel with PBL Alumni Leaders

Day 2
PBL Professional Dress (Dress Code)

8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
What if Walt ran your PBL chapter?
9:45 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Top 10 Takeaway Sessions
Noon–12:30 p.m.
Graduation Celebration

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