The past year was full of new experiences within DECA. We learned how to be emerging leaders from our homes during a global pandemic, adjusted to virtual competition and rocked online conferences. With 2020 behind us, let’s take a trip down memory lane and look back on all of the fun DECA memories we made.
1. #DECAICDC Week
The first top DECA moment of the year has to be #DECAICDC Week! While we wanted nothing more than to be together in Music City, the 2020 International Career Development Conference found its way into living rooms around the globe. Members participated in daily social media challenges, virtual workshops, special video messages, recognition opportunities and Executive Officer elections. It was a new experience for us all that helped us put a wrap on the accomplishments of the year.
2. Virtual Emerging Leader Summit
Over the summer, nearly 200 of DECA emerging leaders logged on for three days of learning how to take their leadership skills to the #NextLevel at the Virtual Emerging Leader Summit! Throughout the event, association officers learned about leadership styles, worked to develop programs of leadership, and participated in virtual dance parties and singalongs (one of my favorite parts).
3. DECA Month
During November, we celebrated DECA Month! Members participated in daily #DECAMonth social media challenges to highlight their chapters and fellow members. They also took time to plan and host unique activities to earn recognition through chapter campaigns.
4. The DECA Power Experience
This year’s Ultimate DECA Power Trip went virtual with the 2020 Power Experience! For three weeks in November, associations across the globe tuned into virtual workshops and live sessions hosted by association officers and the Executive Officer Team. The conference also featured unique on-demand sessions to help members power up their future careers, college plans, competition and chapter activities.
5. WRLC - The Innovate Conference
The Western Region learned how to Innovate at this year’s WRLC! Hosted by Washington DECA, 18 associations virtually came together in November for workshops, “DECA Fit” sessions, keynote speakers, competition and so much more.
2020 has been full of twists and turns! Each twist showing us how we can work through any situation and every turn showing us new #NextLevel Opportunities! We can't wait to see what awaits in 2021.