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.