CA PBL’s annual Mr. Phi Beta Lambda competition gives an opportunity for the gentlemen of the nation’s most elite business organization to take a step forward and showcase their expert professional skills during the State Fall Business Leadership Conference. Our 2013 Mr. Phi Beta Lambda is Angad Singh Padda from Diablo Valley College. We had the opportunity to interview Angad, a highly passionate PBL member who truly represents California Phi Beta Lambda and our drive to unite chapters from all over the state.
Here’s your chance to learn more about Angad and his academic career, how he feels to be this year’s Mr. PBL, why he values PBL’s commitment to the March of Dimes, and more!
Q: What are you studying at DVC, and what career path do you plan to pursue?
A: I am studying Business Administration at DVC and after attaining my bachelor’s degree, I would like to work for a non-profit organization or a socially responsible and reputable firm in the operations management sector. I also plan to pursue a Master of Business Administration degree in the future.
Q: How does it feel to be this year’s Mr. PBL?
A: I feel humbled and grateful by the honor. Competing at the state level with immensely capable and talented individuals was an amazing experience and I am proud to have represented Diablo Valley College. I owe the title to to my friends and advisers from the chapter. I am Mr. PBL solely because of their support and faith in my ability. I won the competition not for myself, but for my chapter, DVC PBL.
Q: What were you feeling when it was announced that you were the winner?
A: For a moment time came to a standstill. I closed my eyes in disbelief and thanked God for his kindness. When I opened my eyes, my back hurt from the “thunderclaps” I received from my enthusiastic friends. In a nutshell, the feeling was an amalgamation of joy and thankfulness!
Q: Why do you value PBL’s commitment to the March of Dimes?
A: In the modern day, we are so involved and caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily affairs that we forget to take out a moment and contribute for the welfare of society. PBL gave me the opportunity to take a step forward towards a noble cause and I value the commitment because it reminds us that it is our moral duty to serve humankind. A true leader in my books is a selfless one.
Q: What is something that California PBL should know about their Mr. PBL that they may not know, but should know?
A: At heart, I am a very simple person and an introvert. I prefer to stay behind the curtain than in front. Who knew that even reticent individuals can win “pageants”!
Fun fact: I am a golf addict and feel more comfortable in a business suit than in pajamas!
Q: What advice do you have for the men of PBL who may want to take part in the Mr. PBL pageant at next year’s SFBLC?
A- For the gentlemen of PBL who want to compete for the title next year, I would like to share the following thoughts. Step up, have faith in yourself and give it your best shot. You are not only competing for yourself but for your chapter. Observe your fellow contestants and learn from them because end of the day the competition is a rare learning experience and irrespective of who wins you will gain a lot. Enjoy yourself and perform as you would if no one is watching. Rest assured it will be one of the best moments of your life, I promise!