FBLA Institute for Leaders (IFL)

“Leadership is not the ability to lead others. Leadership is the ability to get others to lead themselves.”
FBLA-PBL Founder Dr. Hamden L. Forkner

Dr. Forkner founded FBLA 75 years ago with the spirit of leadership and excellence at the heart of our organization. And, nowhere is that spirit stronger and more alive than at the FBLA Institute for Leaders! Join FBLA’s best leaders and future stars of business in Anaheim at this special once-a-year national training, networking, and inspirational event!
Discover why more than 10,000 FBLA graduates rate the Institute for Leaders as one of the greatest highlights of their National Leadership Conference experience. Inspiring leadership speakers, awesome hands on practical sessions, transformational training, networking with industry, and magical surprises await you in California!


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.

5 Leadership Tracks

Chapter OfficersExcellence
Learn how to be an excellent chapter officer in FBLA. Understand your officer role, build a high-performance team, gain membership strategies, find out competition success secrets, plan and prepare to serve your school and community and lead a successful local chapter!

State Officers—Advance 
State officers advance FBLA to new heights each year. Learn your leadership role; promote FBLA programs and opportunities; set goals and plan your year; network and share ideas; become a greater servant leader and grow opportunities and more leaders in your state!

Learn from a Shark Tank winner everything it takes to plan, build, and launch a business. Teams will develop an idea, learn to market and promote, and practice through live pitch contests in the FBLA Stock Exchange. Top concepts will showdown in the FBLA Minnow Tank live with business leaders and investors.
Business LeadershipInnovate
Transform your business leadership, multiply influence, and learn the executive, inspirational, strategic skills to be a great business leader. This fast-paced track runs at the speed of business. Get ready to run fast, work hard, play hard, and get the competitive edge for your future career in business.
Adviser LeadershipLegacy
FBLA’s 75 years of excellence comes from our awesome advisers. Discover ways to build on this legacy and advance career and college readiness through FBLA. Gain teaching tools and chapter management techniques; leverage FBLA competition and programs enhance curriculum; and exchange best practices with the best teachers in America!

FBLA Leading Legacy Panel (Day 1)
Meet distinguished FBLA 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 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! Nearly 100 practical takeaways from hacks, apps, and icebreakers to scholarships, fundraising, and competition secrets await. Come get great resources and good times in these choose your own adventure sessions.

Schedule Overview

Day 1
FBLA Spirit Attire (NLC shirt or FBLA 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.
  • Chapter Officers
  • State Officers
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Leadership
  • Adviser Leadership
11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)
1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Leadership Tracks Continue
4:45 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Leading Legacy Panel

Day 2
FBLA Professional Dress (Dress Code)

8:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m.
FBLA Stock Exchange
8:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Top 10 Takeaway Sessions
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
FBLA Minnow Tank
Graduation Celebration

Connect with FBLA-PBL IFL


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.