Collegiate DECA ICDC 2019 | Winners, LinkedIn Headshots and More

The 2019 Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference took place April 13-16 in Orlando, Fl. Over 1,000 student members, representing 33 states and provinces, immersed themselves in competition, professional development and networking opportunities.

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This year brought some exciting updates to the conference, including a Professional Development Series Kickoff session, featuring TED Talk-style presentations from industry professionals. Nathan Burger, Group Sales Manager for the Orlando Magic, spoke about how the NBA and the Orlando Magic have used innovation in their day-to-day business operations. The father-daughter duo behind Nonnahs Marketing, Moses Sanchez and Shannon Gilpin, shared their story of navigating the entrepreneurial waters of digital marketing and growing an agency. (For a little behind-the-scenes insight, check out this article Moses shared after #CDECAICDC.)

Members had the opportunity to attend workshops focused on specific career paths and industry trends, led by experts from Hilton, NAPA, Marriott International, Universal, Men’s Wearhouse and the American Management Association. Plus, many took the opportunity to learn from their peers at the Chapter-to-Chapter Best Practice Sharing Session. Finally, chapter leaders took part in a leadership workshop led by the Collegiate DECA Executive Officer Team.

For many who attend ICDC, Competitive Events are the main focus. Members competed in Case Study Events as well as Prepared Business Presentation Events. The winners took the stage at the Grand Awards Session and got to take home official Collegiate DECA Glass. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners. The comprehensive list of Competitive Events results can be found here. 

Concluding the Grand Awards Session was the announcement of the 2019-2020 Collegiate DECA Executive Officer Team. Anthony Fakhoury (Arizona State University) was elected as President; the newly elected Vice Presidents are Max May (Johnson & Wales University), Michelle Le (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), Lyndsay Joyner (University of Utah), and Drew DuBoff (Johnson & Wales University).

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