Alumni and professionals engaged in networking and giving back to support the core of the FBLA-PBL mission.

On August 1, 2021 the FBLA-PBL Professional Division transformed into the FBLA-PBL Alumni & Professional Network (working name). The FBLA-PBL Alumni & Professional Network serves to engage past members while creating opportunities to support the core mission of FBLA-PBL. The network also provides long-term value to participants by providing continuous connection to our publications and network opportunities. The network is available to former FBLA (high school), PBL (collegiate), and Professional Division members, as well as business and industry professionals committed to the organization’s mission. More information to get started with the Alumni & Professional Network is coming soon.

Alumni & Professional Network Announcement

The following letter from past-Chair Susan Seuferer and past-Professional Division National President Alan Rzepkowski was shared with Professional Division and Lifetime members in July 2021. More information about the network is coming soon.

August 1 marks the traditional start of our program. As we begin this program year, we are excited to share information about a significant transition that FBLA-PBL is about to undertake. Over the past two years, the board of directors has worked with two special task forces comprised of alumni and Professional Division members to develop a robust network to support the mission of FBLA-PBL. On August 1, our Professional Division will be transformed into the FBLA-PBL Alumni & Professional Network. This is a working name, as a branding consultant develops a new name.

What is the FBLA-PBL Alumni & Professional Network?
The FBLA-PBL Alumni & Professional Network will serve to engage past members while creating opportunities to support the core mission of FBLA-PBL. The network will also provide long-term value to participants by providing continuous connection to our publications and network opportunities. The network is available to former FBLA (high school), PBL (collegiate), and Professional Division members, as well as business and industry professionals committed to the organization’s mission.

What does the network include?
Features of the network will include access to a comprehensive network online directory, six digital editions of Tomorrow’s Business Leader, and updates on FBLA and PBL events. In addition, the network offers opportunities to connect and support FBLA and PBL student members in their local areas, at the state level and nationally, and through competitive event judging, career development activities, and sharing of presentations on topics of expertise.

For those who are Lifetime Professional Division Members, you will be able to maintain your benefit of lifetime membership which includes attending FBLA-PBL conferences as a complimentary guest of the organization.

How do I join the network?
In the weeks ahead, you will receive a request to update your existing FBLA-PBL profile. Once updated, your profile will allow you to access our publications, the online directory, and a special network-only area of our Leadership Community where you can find the latest information about FBLA-PBL. Your participation is complimentary because of your alumni experience. Additionally, there is no cost to join the national network.

More Questions?
Meanwhile, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Elena Daly at edaly@fbla.org.

As FBLA-PBL alumni and Professional Division Members, we thank you for your unwavering support for our organization. We look forward to seeing your name in our new network directory.

Sincerely,

Susan Seuferer                                        Alan Rzepkowski
Chair, Board of Directors 2020-21     Professional Division National President 2019-21

Alumni & Professional Network FAQ

In 2020, the FBLA-PBL Board of Directors moved to establish a network consisting of former members and other “non-student” friends of the association to create resources to support the mission, programs, and services of FBLA-PBL. Additionally, the network would support the strategic goal to become a student-focused organization and establishing a robust alumni and professional network that is focused on creating resources to support the student membership experience. The FBLA-PBL Professional Division will be dissolved effective July 31, 2021.

For now, the working name is FBLA-PBL Alumni & Professional Network. FBLA-PBL is working with an external branding expert to develop a permanent name for the network.

Graduating seniors and all former members of FBLA, PBL, or the Professional Division are eligible to join the network. Additionally, those interested in supporting the mission or networking are also eligible to join. This includes professionals, leaders, sponsors, partners, competitive event judges, workshop presenters, advisers, and parents of members or alumni.

No, participation in the network is at no cost.

The network platform and single sign on profile link are being created. When the link and network hub are ready, an email will be sent to all former members in the database. Additionally, a campaign will be held to find alumni and encourage supporting business professionals to create a profile through the single sign on link.

Once you update or create your network profile, you do not need to confirm your interest again. You will also have the ability to deactivate your profile at any time.
Given that alumni have different interests, there is no requirement for volunteering or donating. However, opportunities will be shared as they become available. Engagement in the network is up to the individual. You will be able to manage your communications settings to your preferences.

The platform will allow users to connect professionally and socially. Each user can create a profile with various demographics that will allow for alumni, professionals, state leaders, and local chapter advisers to run directories for network and volunteering opportunities. Demographics include year of membership, division, college/university major, current career industry, volunteer interests, and more.

Only those registered to join the network may access your contact information. You are also able to manage your own privacy settings.

The Professional Division will no longer serve as a membership division, lifetime memberships are only available until July 31, 2021. Special opportunities to become a lifetime member will be announced by the National Center when they become available. Current Lifetime Professional Division members will continue to hold the benefit of attending FBLA-PBL National Conferences as a complimentary guest of the organization.

Contact Elena Daly at the National Center at (703) 860-3336 or edaly@fbla.org.