Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., founded in 1929 in Chicago, Illinois, is a national business and professional women’s organization which strives 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;

Promote increased interest in the broad field of business education among high school and college young women through planned programs and scholarships;

Encourage the development of personal goals and leadership potential; and

Establish and promote civic and social service activities for youth and adults.


Our mission is to unite in a sisterhood qualified business and professional women who will encourage, inspire, nurture, and assist persons engaged in business vocations.


The Sorority’s aims are to:

- Make worthwhile contributions to the changing socio-economic patterns of our time;

- Project the philosophy of the pursuit of excellence in all worthy endeavors among youth and adults;

-Develop leadership expertise among business and professional women.

Today, there are more than 50 chapters with an approximate membership of 900 Sorors stretching across the width and breadth of our country, including the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Iota mission is moreover supported by the Men of Iota and Pelatis auxiliaries, which are our auxiliaries that help to enhance the overall program of Iota.

‘Business and Professional Women Building the Foundation for Generational Financial Empowerment
— National Theme of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.