Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the largest career student business organization in the world. Each year, FBLA-PBL helps over 230,000 members prepare for careers in business. FBLA-PBL inspires and prepares students to become community-minded leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.
I believe education is the right of every person.
I believe the future depends on mutual understanding and cooperation among business, industry, labor, religious, family, and educational institutions; as well as people around the world.
I agree to do my utmost to bring about understanding and cooperation among all of these groups.
I believe every person should prepare for a useful occupation and carry on that occupation in a manner that brings the greatest good to the greatest number.
I believe every person should actively work toward improving social, political, community, and family life.
I believe every person has the right to earn a living at a useful occupation.
I believe every person should take responsibility for carrying out assigned tasks in a manner that brings credit to self, associates, school, and community.
I believe I have the responsibility to work efficiently and to think clearly.
I promise to use my abilities to make the world a better place for everyone.
I solemnly promise to uphold the aims and responsibilities of the Future Business Leaders of America, and as an active member I shall strive to do my best to develop the qualities necessary in becoming a responsible business leader.
Mississippi FBLA-PBL Dress Code
FBLA-PBL members and advisers should develop an awareness of the image one’s appearance projects. The purpose of the dress code is to uphold the professional image of the association and its members and to prepare students for the business world.
Appropriate attire is required for all attendees—advisers, members, and guests—at all general sessions, competitive events, regional meetings, workshops, and other activities unless otherwise stated in the conference program. Conference name badges are part of this dress code and must be worn for all conference functions.
Professional attire acceptable for official Mississippi FBLA-PBL activities includes:
- Business suit with collared shirt, and necktie (or bow tie)**
- Sport coat, dress slacks, collared shirt and necktie (or bow tie)
- Dress slacks, collared shirt, and necktie (or bow tie)
- Business suit or sport coat with dress slacks and banded collar shirt
- Sweater or sweater vest, collared shirt with necktie (or bow tie), and dress slacks
- Dress socks and dress shoes (not sandals, work boots, or other shoes with heavy soles—dress cowboy boots are okay)
- Business suit with blouse or sweater, sleeveless suit is appropriate**
- Business pantsuit with blouse or sweater**
- Skirt or dress slacks with buttoned-up blouse or sweater (knee length*)
- Business dress (knee length*)
- Maxi length skirt/dress with coordinating jacket/cardigan
- Jumpsuit with coordinating jacket/cardigan
- Capris, gauchos, and ankle pants, worn below the knee, with coordinating jacket/cardigan
- Dress shoes (closed or open toe)
Inappropriate attire, for both men and women, includes:
- Jewelry in visible body piercing, other than ears
- Hair dyed an unnatural color
- Tunics and leggings
- Cargo pocket or zip-off pants
- Jean-style khaki pants, capris, or skirt, or other pants or skirts with pockets sewn on the outside • Leather pants or leggings
- Denim, canvas, flannel, or chambray fabric
- Backless, see-through (including cutouts & cold-shoulder), tight-fitting, spaghetti strapped, strapless, or low-cut blouses/tops/dresses
- Dress t-shirts (Sweaters and blouses are only appropriate)
- Clothing that shows any midriff skin
- T-shirts, spandex, tank tops, bathing suits
- Blouses that are not buttoned appropriately
- ***Casual shoes – no sandals, athletic shoes, colored (or black) canvas sneakers, Toms-style shoes, Hey Dudestyle shoes, Croc-style clogs, work shoes, hiking boots, over-the-knee boots, cowboy boots for females, flipflop/thong sandals of any kind, or bare feet
- Athletic wear--including sneakers
- Bolo ties
- Visible foundation garments
CLARIFICATION: Many women’s two-piece suits are currently designed so that they do not require a blouse. Therefore, this will be accepted. In addition, sling-back shoes and sleeveless dresses/suits are accepted.
*Knee length would be any skirt or dress that hits at some point of the knee cap—either just above, in the middle of the knee, or just below.
**Business suits must be appropriate to the decade and may not contain a graphic pattern (ex. pineapples).
***Any shoe made of fabric or canvas is considered a casual shoe and does not meet FBLA dress code guidelines.