A re-imagined professional learning experience designed for new and seasoned business, marketing, finance, hospitality and entrepreneurship teachers!


June 24-27, 2019



Providence, RI

Johnson & Wales University Providence Campus
Providence Biltmore


Learning Labs

This will be the single best place to learn about a myriad of DECA topics, including competitive events, chapter development, project-based learning, school-based enterprises and more!

Innovative Formats

From express learning to interactive master labs, best practices exchanges and keynote presentations, there are plenty of avenues towards enhancing your role as a teacher and DECA advisor.

CEU Credits

Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit will be provided by Johnson & Wales University to advisors completing all professional learning activities.


Connect with some of DECA’s most innovative DECA advisors beyond your association and create an informal cadre to collaborate with throughout the year!


Participants will be able to select engaging concurrent sessions from any of the following strands:


Push your members to excel in all DECA activities and competitions. Gain knowledge and develop plans to:

  • Use DECA’s competitive events as instructional and assessment tools
  • Help members obtain industry certifications
  • Identify and utilize resources to prepare members for competitive events success


Make the most of the DECA network! Discover ways to:

  • Connect within the DECA organization at each level
  • Enhance chapter activities and projects by engaging alumni and collegiate members
  • Utilize stakeholders to generate support for DECA programs
  • Create awareness of DECA by engaging at the middle school level


Position your chapter for success. Discover how to:

  • Maximize the potential of your chapter’s leadership team using DECA’s innovative model
  • Utilize DECA’s chapter campaigns to engage all members, promote DECA and increase membership
  • Integrate a strategic communications plan to increase membership and gain potential stakeholders
  • Develop a strong chapter brand as a pillar in your school and community
  • Create a chapter financial plan and implement successful fundraisers


Bring your classroom to life! This strand will highlight how to:

  • Enhance your instructional strategies by making connections to educational initiatives
  • Select authentic DECA learning experiences to integrate into classroom instruction
  • Engage members by incorporating DECA electronic communications
  • Improve member’s financial literacy
  • Utilize DECA’s professional learning opportunities


Maximize this hands-on learning experience by gaining strategies to:

  • Explore the SBE learning lab concept and how to start one at your school
  • Create an individualized action plan for opening an SBE at your school
  • Ensure ongoing success for your SBE as a learning lab and functional business
  • Think beyond the storefront via creative business models for non-traditional SBEs
  • Prepare your members for success with SBE Chapter and Individual Certification
  • Utilize local vendors, artisans and growers for your business
  • Maintaining profitability in your SBE while complying with federal nutrition regulations


Registration will take place using DECA’s online registration system for both your conference registration and housing.

If you are not an active DECA chapter advisor, please contact Claudia Velasco at or (703) 860-5000.

Conference information and registration instructions are available in the conference registration kit.

DEADLINE: May 20, 2019


Providence combines the best of a quaint New England town with the amenities and hip sophistication of a big city. Acclaimed restaurants, a vibrant arts and culture scene, and beautifully preserved historic architecture combine to make Providence a destination for inspiration.



Michelle Walker, Ph.D.

Conference Program

(703) 860-5000

Claudia Velasco

Online Registration and Housing

(703) 860-5000

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