DECA's 75th Anniversary Celebration Begins

March 9, 2021

As DECA nears the kick-off to its year-long 75th Anniversary Celebration, the organization has impacted the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals since it was founded in 1946.

Many things have changed since the first interstate conference in Memphis, Tennessee, but the organization’s mission of preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs has remained constant.

As DECA’s membership has grown, so have the opportunities available to students around the globe. Our programs and activities have constantly evolved as we use the latest technology and apply cutting edge educational research.

Countless individuals and events—big and small—have helped shape our organization and contribute to its success. Now, we have a chance to shape the future.

As we reflect with pride on our long record of achievement, we look forward to celebrating our diamond anniversary with DECA members around the globe.


If you have a story about how DECA has impacted your life, we encourage you to share it on social media with #DECA75. We’ll be featuring our favorites on DECA Direct Online and social media, and will also be giving away one-of-a-kind 75th Anniversary collector items to our favorite submissions!

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