Hello to the best state chapter in the nation: Illinois FBLA!
My name is Jahnavi Kolli, and I am ecstatic to serve as your 2023-2024 State President! On
behalf of the entire state officer team, I welcome all of you to a groundbreaking membership
year. Whether you are a member, adviser, sponsor, or chapter leader, I hope that you are
as excited as I am to get started on a new chapter of FBLA!
“Together We Achieve.” This year’s membership theme fully encompasses what it means to be
a part of Future Business Leaders of America. Not only are we setting each other up for
success in the future, but we are also building lifelong connections through invaluable
experiences. As we progress through this year, I have one challenge for you: embrace
togetherness. Talk to a new person at a chapter meeting. Make a freshman feel welcome.
Strengthen your relations with those in your school, area, and state, because it is only when we
are together that we can achieve greatness. Through a multitude of networking initiatives, our
state officer team will ensure connectivity within our state, from the top of the Northern Area to
the bottom of the Southern Area.
As we progress through the year, we aim to increase our state chapter’s membership through
chapter reactivation and recruitment. Beyond this, however, we want to maximize Illinois FBLA’s
potential by expanding on a crucial part of this organization: the Middle School division. With
recruitment tools and high school partnerships, we are seeking an expansion on Middle School
FBLA to ensure that our capacities expand past just the amazing high schoolers and collegiate
members that call Illinois FBLA home.
Additionally, this year marks the 75th Illinois FBLA State Leadership Conference, one that will
surpass all limits that we have set in the past. Beyond the never-before-seen decorations and
setups, this SLC includes new competitive events, new workshops, and new ways to ensure
you are fully equipped to become a future business leader. As we approach SLC, we will strive
to ensure each and every one of you is ready to shine with various resources, reminders, and tips
for success! By reinstating the Competitive Event Mentorship Program, our team will make sure
that every member is ready to dazzle on the stage at SLC.
Finally, to stay updated on everything Illinois FBLA, be sure to follow our Instagram
(@illinoisfbla) and state officer Instagram accounts. I can’t wait to experience the thrilling
journey that we will embark on this year!
Yours in leadership,