This month, hundreds of leaders joined together in Tysons, Virginia, to Experience the Difference at the 2023 Emerging Leadership Summit. Members were given time to network and learn crucial skills in teamwork, public speaking, etiquette and so much more. Let's hear from some leaders on their favorite parts of ELS!
"The best part of the conference was visiting DECA HQ for the first time with all my new DECA best friends. I truly learned what it takes to lead my team and association during the conference. I feel ready now more than ever to help Alabama DECA have the best year yet!" Sara, AL DECA
"I have never experienced an environment like ELS. The emphasis on teamwork meant that our state officers could collaborate with states like Massachusetts and California to create new workshop ideas. ELS was a special melting pot of ideas for a brighter future DECA!" William, WA DECA
"My favorite part of the conference was the opportunity to talk with association leaders from around the US and even the world. By talking with other association members, I learned about member engagement strategies, challenges that were overcome and differences that were made in our communities." Emily, CA DECA
“People who do big things do small things well.” This quote at the Emerging Leader Summit resonated with me as it taught me the importance of building foundations and seeking results rather than getting lost in the haze of big goals." Tanveer, OR DECA
"My favorite part of the conference was the street party at headquarters! I loved hanging out with people we’d met during the conference sessions in a more relaxed environment. Throughout the conference, I learned about a wide variety of topics, including advocacy, social media, membership campaigns and public speaking." Siena, VA DECA
"At ELS, I learned many things, from creating workshops to dining etiquette. It helped me prepare for a year of DECA and a future in business." Jayce, NM DECA
ELS allowed leaders to prepare for the year and helped association and chapter officers Experience DECA. Who's ready to Experience the Difference this year?