Business organization holds seminar

Empower Yourself was the title of the seminar hosted by the Alpha Tau Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. Encouraging students to prepare themselves for a future in the corporate world.

The seminar was held Thursday, March 3 in Room 112 of Jacob T. Stewart room 112.

"Perfect practice makes perfect," said Harold Loyd of St. Louis Mo. Loyd was the guest speaker for the hour lecturing about overcoming barriers and corporate preparation. He is a Pennzoil-Shell management retiree and a Grambling State University alumnus.

Being a Grambling graduate, Loyd spoke about the hardship that went along with trying to prosper in the corporate world being an African American.

"The purpose of this seminar was to provide students with a sense of corporate empowerment," said Sparkle Hall, special project coordinator who planned the event. "The seminar went very well and I think students were enlightened," said Hall who became a member of the organization in the spring of 2004.

Loyd not only spoke about corporate preparation he also touched on corporate lingo and the importance of appearance in the work environment.

"It was very informative, it was great to see an African American who broke so many barriers." said David Orphey, president of Phi Beta Lambda.

Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit business organization of students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. The association is comprised of four divisions: FBLA for high school students, FBLA Middle Level for junior high, middle and intermediate school student PBL for postsecondary students, and the Professional Alumni Division for business people, educators and parents, who support the goals of the association.

The Mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. Phi Beta Lamda is organized on the local, state and national levels.

"The Alpha Tau Chapter is very business oriented and each individual possesses a separate drive which make the organization outstanding on the collegiate level," said Hall. The organization is advised by Dr. Diana Oubre in the Business Department at Grambling State University.