A Look Back at MBA Conclave

To kick off the fall season of DECA travels, I had the privilege of being invited to MBA Research & Curriculum Center’s Conclave Curriculum & Teaching Conference in Louisville, KY at the historic Hilton Seelbach Hotel. This conference was one of the most eye-opening events I have been able to attend. Although there were no DECA members present, there were many DECA chartered association advisors.

Conclave is known by education professionals as the “best networking event of the year” – made apparent by the number of high-level executives in attendance.

To start the conference, we heard from Keynote speaker Mrs. Nikki Jackson, Senior Vice President and Regional Executive of the Louisville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. She shared her inspirational story of how she has gotten to where she is today. We learned how she has overcome obstacles in her career as a woman of color to become an executive for the U.S. Government. She explained how everyone – past and present – shapes who we are today. This message is especially important for each of us to remember as we surround ourselves with so many unique and individualistic student leaders daily.

Throughout the event, I was helped exhibit at DECA’s booth where I was able to meet and interact with DECA advisors from Oregon to West Virginia and North Dakota to Texas. Being able to interact with these advisors.

The closing session was led by Mr. Scott Stump, Assistant Secretary of Career Technical and Adult Education for the U.S. Department of Education. He spoke to us directly on the development of ​The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V).  Perkins V will directly affect every association within DECA as well as DECA Inc. as a whole. If you are unsure what Perkins V entails, then I encourage you to read up on it here. The future is bright for DECA and CTE with legislation like Perkins V being passed and enacted throughout the country.

I ended the night with a dinner in Jeffersonville, IN with remarkable business and marketing educators. They are truly at the core of everything we do. I will end with a simple “Thank you” to all involved in the present and future of marketing and business education. You make a difference in the lives of each student.

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