The purpose of this group is to network at events sponsored by members of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. Atlanta Georgia.... a sisterhood of women. To learn more about our Iota Phi Lambda Sorority Inc., please visit our nation website at http://www.iota1929.org. This site has been designed to inform you about the mission and service activities of our members, to convey our commitment to excellence in all we do and to display our "Ideals of Friendship and Love." Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. is a national business and professional sorority which aims to unite in sisterhood qualified business and professional women in order to enhance and improve the status of women in our highly complex, competitive business and professional world.
Membership in Iota Phi Lambda is divided into two areas, Graduate and Undergraduate. The basic qualifications are as follows:
Graduate: Must be a Graduate of accredited business college or university, or; Graduate of a 4 year college who successfully owns/operates a business, or; Graduated of accredited two-year business college meeting the requirements of 48 credit hours.
Undergraduate: Any student who is pursuing a 4-year course and who has completed at least fifteen credit hours (1 semester) of college work with the average grade of that school, may apply for membership. However, she may not be initiated until she has a total of thirty semester hours (1 year) to her credit.
Iota Phi Lambda believes membership in a sorority is voluntary and a matter of mutual selection. Membership in Iota is by invitation of the local chapters.
Lola M. Parker, a graduate of Chicago Business College, was one of the great visionaries of the 20th century. She realized that Black women who were discriminated against on the basis of both race and gender needed to not only improve their existing skills, but also motivate and inspire other women to achieve the highest level of proficiency in their chosen professions.
Joining together with six of her girlfriends, Lola M. Parker founded Iota Phi Lambda Sorority on June 1, 1929 to carry out these objectives.
As the organization grew, Ms. Parker soon began to realize her dream of an organization that would encourage, nurture and promote the ideals of higher education, increased business acumen and a standard of professionalism for Black Women.
Since its inception, Iota has embraced other professions however, the main focus remains on the field of business. There are now more than 100 chapters with membership numbering more than 5,000 in 85 cities and the US Virgin Islands.