DECA conferences are targeted, highly-focused learning experiences for students and advisors that support National Curriculum Standards and the development of 21st Century Skills. DECA conferences bring our members into the larger DECA community while providing unique opportunities to extend classroom learning. Each of DECA’s conferences connects with corporate professionals to engage students in learning industry-related trends and content.


Leadership conferences focus on leadership development and college and career preparation through a variety of engaging workshops and speakers. They directly support the development of 21st Century Skills.


Career pathway conferences each feature highly specialized content that aligns with specific career pathways and courses, providing an excellent opportunity to connect classroom instruction to the conferences.


These conferences provide a venue for DECA’s Competitive Events Program as well as additional career and leadership development programs. Chartered associations host their own CDCs to determine which members earn the right to represent them at the International Career Development Conference.

2015-2016 Conferences

International Career Development Conference

April 23-26, 2016 | Nashville

Emerging Leader Summit

July 8-10, 2016 | San Francisco

Western Region Leadership Conference

November 17-20, 2016 | Seattle

Ultimate DECA Power Trip

November 18-20, 2016 | Washington, DC

Innovations & Entrepreneurship Conference

November 18-20, 2016 | Washington, D.C.

Central Region Leadership Conference

November 18-20, 2016 | Indianapolis

New York Experience

Nov. 30-Dec. 3 & Dec. 7-10 | New York City

Sports & Entertainment Marketing Conference

January 25-29, 2017 | Orlando