From the Office of the SRVP | Nicholas Western

Hi Louisiana PBL!

Can you believe that it’s already October? This year is just flying by…I am so excited to join you next month at the National Fall Leadership Conference in New Orleans! This will be my first (but not last!) time in the beautiful Big Easy, and I’m excited to make the most of it. I’m excited to work with you to make this your best year yet in PBL!

There are so many opportunities to take advantage of within our organization. At the national level, get involved with the Career and Membership Achievement Program (CMAP), our self-directed skill development program that will help you master skills for career success now and in the future. Check it out here:

At our National Fall Leadership Conferences (NFLC), we’re working to provide PBL with more opportunities for you to leverage your leadership with fellow collegiate student leaders. Stay tuned to our national Facebook (, Twitter (@PBL_National), and Instagram (@fbla_pbl) pages for more details about exciting workshop and social activities at the NFLC on November 18-19 in New Orleans.

Make sure your chapters are ready for the coming competitive events season! As you prepare for your competitive events, start thinking about how you can utilize your skills built through classes and other experiences through our competitive events program—there are opportunities for all interests and abilities—from accounting, to public speaking, to teaching!

I am so excited to see where Louisiana PBL goes this year. If there is anything I can do to help you or your chapter Elevate Your Future, let me know by emailing me at I look forward to chatting with you!


Nicholas Western
PBL Southern Region Vice President

From FBLA to PBL: Riley’s Journey

On behalf of Louisiana PBL, welcome back for our 76th year of FBLA-PBL.

My name is Riley Hartis, your 2017-18 State Historian, and I’d like to explain why I joined PBL and how FBLA led me here. Since joining as a sophomore in high school, FBLA has helped me make valuable connections that I still maintain today. It helped land me interviews, build friendships with local businesses, and realize the value of service. FBLA truly instilled its core principles of service, education, and progress throughout my three years in the program.

During my senior year, as I started reaching out to other chapters in my state to work together on various activities. This process helped me realize that if given more time, I could have accomplished so much more with the tools I was given. I started to learn that there was much more that I wanted to do and experience. Still indecisive about where I wanted to go to college, I began to look into the Virtual PBL chapter and find local chapters at universities I was interested in. Doing this helped me decide where I was going to end up.

My goal is to stop this from narrowing down choices, so that whichever college route current FBLA members take they will be able to join (or help create) an active chapter. To continue to work with all the friends I made over the years, and build the foundation for my future career, it was a no-brainer to continue my work with PBL and all of you. After attending NLC in Anaheim, the culmination of my entire FBLA experience, I’m excited to see what Louisiana PBL can bring to the table this upcoming year at SLC and NLC in Baltimore, MD.

If you are interested in working with local FBLA chapters and encouraging current FBLA members to join PBL, get your chapter involved in our new mentoring program this year called Big Brother. We are actively working with Louisiana FBLA to pair up local FBLA chapters with PBL chapters to provide mentoring opportunities and work together on projects, such as American Enterprise Day and FBLA-PBL Week.

To find out more about Big Brother, check out the 2017-2018 State Officer Program of Work on our website.