As you walk into the conference, your heart begins to race with excitement. You have taken flights and car rides to get here; you have planned to make the most of your time in Salt Lake City alongside your officer team. You look around to see familiar faces as well as faces you have not met yet, but in the sea of blue blazers with name tags and ascots galore, all you can think about are the opportunities ahead. Finally, it sinks in: you have made it to the Emerging Leader Summit!
DECA's Emerging Leader Summit (ELS) is an intensive three-day leadership development event for chartered association officers, chapter officers, and student leaders from across the globe. This year's ELS will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah, from July 8-10, 2022.
Whether you are an experienced leader or brand new to your position and looking to discover your strengths, here are the top three reasons to attend the Emerging Leader Summit.
1. Improve your communication skills
Imagine: you are standing in front of a crowded room and asked to share your DECA story. How did you become involved in DECA? If the audience is not familiar with DECA, how do you explain the student organization? Spend time in Salt Lake City reflecting on your DECA story, honing your public speaking skills and learning to confidently interact with students and professionals on behalf of DECA.
2. Make new friends
Each chapter and association within DECA is unique—full of programs and innovative ideas. Bring a pen and paper to keep up with all the social media handles and new ideas to implement with your officer team. ELS is a collaborative event to help you grow alongside other leaders like never before.
3. Energize for the year
DECA's members are vibrant and enthusiastic. Find a rhythm with your officer team, then bring that same energy to your association and chapter. Not only are the sessions energizing, but you'll have a chance to explore a new city! You'll depart with everything you need to hit the ground running.
With opportunities and learning moments around every corner, the Emerging Leader Summit is an unforgettable experience. To gain communication skills, collaborate with leaders from across the world, and have fun in Salt Lake City, mark off your calendar to attend the Emerging Leader Summit. You will not want to miss it!
Talk to your advisor and register by June 8, 2022.