Why We Founded Pi Rho Omega
Pi Rho Omega was founded in order to fulfill multiple needs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. First and foremost, there was a genuine need for another professional business fraternity at our school. Given the natural selectivity of the existing business fraternities, only just over one hundred students a semester get the opportunity to become members. Adding one more gives another group of students the chance to also reap the benefits of being in a professional business fraternity. This was the first and main motivation to create Pi Rho Omega.
It was after deciding to fulfill this need that we realized we had a unique opportunity to create a new, revamped, modern professional business fraternity. We believe that no person could rightfully call themselves a professional or “professional” until after at least five years of experience in their respective industry. Therefore, we made it a core tenet of our philosophy not to recruit and select members based on their perceived “professionalism”, but rather to recruit and select members based on their sociability, well-roundedness, work ethic, and passion for business—all markers for a future successful, professional business leader.
Connor Devine, Zoe Ray, Joe Klaw
Our pillars are what guide our goals as an organization.
First and foremost, our goal is to turn well-rounded individuals into future business leaders by teaching them the skills necessary to do so.
We foster a culture that teaches our members to excel socially, so they may be prepared for a variety of situations they will face in the future, while building a brotherhood of strong, meaningful relationships.
We encourage our members to develop themselves not only professionally and socially, but philanthropically, physically, and mentally.
Turning well rounded individuals into a network of future business leaders.