5 Reasons You Cannot Miss CRLC 2018

DECA’s Central Region is home to the strongest members DECA has to offer, members that truly embody what it means to be #CRStrong. On November 16-18, members from the region’s 13 states will gather in downtown Detroit for the annual Central Region Leadership Conference.   Here are five reasons you can’t miss it:

1. It’s GO Time Detroit

This year’s Central Region Leadership Conference will be held in Detroit, Michigan, a city that has recently received significant recognition. Detroit has been featured in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities to Visit in 2018, Forbes’ 10 Coolest U.S. Cities to Visit in 2018, New York Post’s Best Places to Go in 2018, as well as New York Times’ Detroit: The Most Exciting City in America? Detroit is in a new renaissance. Detroit’s new restaurants, new entertainment districts, new retailers, and  new businesses are everywhere. Entrepreneurship is prospering in Detroit, making it the perfect place for young, intelligent minds to develop their skills and qualities.

2. Trademark Places of Detroit

The Motor City is home to many must-see attractions. There are captivating museums such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Henry Ford Museum, and the Motown Museum. Of course, Detroit is home of many historic sports teams: the Lions (NFL), Tigers (MLB), Red Wings (NHL), and Pistons (NBA). You can visit the stadiums hosting these teams: Ford Field, Comerica Park, and the brand new Little Caesars Arena. Also, can’t forget to mention, the conference will be held in the iconic Detroit Renaissance Center, the tallest building in Detroit, at a staggering 727 feet. There are many other noteworthy places in Detroit that make it a must-visit destination.

3. Over 45 Workshops

Yes! Over 45 workshops will be available for attendees to sharpen their leadership skills and abilities. Central Region leaders and advisors are collaborating with top companies such as Quicken Loans, General Motors, Tech Town, Detroit Sports Commission, Visit Detroit, Focus Training, University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, Northwood University, Johnson and Wales University, MBA Research Center and Crain’s Detroit to present workshops. This is an extraordinary opportunity for both students and advisors to develop themselves and their chapters. It’s an opportunity you can’t afford to miss.

4. DECA Competition

CRLC may be your first chance to be a part of DECA competition this new school year. There will be a competition available to first-year members and a separate competition for returning members. You can practice your exam-taking skills, role play skills, or both. The real question is: can you prove you’re one of Central Region’s fiercest competitors?

5. Become Central Region Strong

I asked former CRVP, Brandon Allen, to give me a statement regarding why Central Region is the best region in DECA. Here’s what he had to say:

“In character, in manner, in style, in all things – the Central Region exudes excellence. From holding DECA’s Diamond Award for two years running to dominating the MDA Fundraising charts, both on association and chapter levels, Central Region is always raising the bar. We are 13 states with one goal in mind – GREATNESS! However, we are only as brilliant as we are united.”

This conference is what turns a spark into an inferno. CRLC is the place you need to be to learn what it means to be truly #CRStrong.


Registration information for the 2018 Central Region Leadership Conference can be found on the Michigan DECA website. The registration deadline is October 19, so register today! Follow @CRLC2018 on Twitter and Instagram for constant conference information and updates, as well as insider information and tips for visiting Detroit. It’s go time DECA. Are you #readyforit?

More info about CRLC can be found here.

The registration deadline is October 19, 2018.  Registration details can be found in the CRLC Information Packet. 

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