An Iconic Time at the CLA Business Administration & Management Fashion Track

“Iconic” is how students from the Fashion Institute of Technology Collegiate DECA chapter described the Business Administration & Management Fashion Track, and iconic is what it surely was!

C_Terrius_HarrisWith new additions and an entire different format to the conference, the 2016 Collegiate DECA Collegiate Leadership Academy was an experience like no other.

Consequently, it was no surprise that this “iconic” experience would have not been possible without the help of the champion of men’s fashion, Men’s Wearhouse.

As one of the largest apparel retailers in the United States, Men’s Wearhouse shared their inner operational activities and also spoke about their experience during the acquisition of previous rival Joseph A. Bank, a deal that took nearly $2 billion. During our time visiting both stores, they spoke about the new brand and their current plan as they face work out systems, strategies, and other operational issues.

fashion2Nevertheless, although they are still working through these operational setbacks, one thing is for sure, their usage of SoLoMo plays an integral part to their current and future business, and the information they shared inspired students like Rebecca Ryan from Berkeley College Collegiate DECA, who said, “As a first year CLA attendee, I was absolutely amazed by the information I learned. It connected the dots from what I am learning in the classroom to my hopeful aspirations in the corporate world.”

However, Rebecca wasn’t the only member who was inspired during this conference. Kelsey Garcia of University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Collegiate DECA chapter stated, “I experienced a lot through the fashion track that was actually applicable to my life and career. The connections I made were so valuable, and it was all around an amazing experience.”

I was exceptionally happy to hear this, seeing as how this year’s theme focused a lot on the importance and opportunity of networking. #DECACLA offered many different opportunities to network this year outside of our visits to Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A Bank, including a special session for conference attendees to meet with one another. This was a brand new feature to conference and for members like Kiana Owens from Lincoln University of Missouri, it was “An eye opener! I met some stupendous individuals that I am now friends with for the rest of my life.”

fashion3So as we wrapped up the weekend and said our good-byes, I knew that we not only left with a job well done, but with our members inspired and ready to take on their DECA year and future careers.

“Thank you Collegiate DECA for allowing us this environment to further our skills and to bring about the mindset needed to work even harder in our communities for improvement,” said Steven Miller, Mississippi State Collegiate DECA Chapter President.

Thank you to each of you who attended #DECACLA this year, and made this a life-changing experience not only for each other, but also for me. So as we look back on the memories we made during the weekend, and how we all owned The Big Apple, one thing is for sure; not only will we make that much needed change in our communities, but we are guaranteed to look good while doing so.

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