High School

Ultimate DECA Power Trip

Embark on a quest that will awaken your thirst for knowledge in this powerful city.

November 15-17, 2024
Charlotte, NC


Learning Labs

Interactive sessions will focus on one powerful component each hour. From college to career to chapter to compete to connect, these learning labs will engage DECA members.

Competitive Excellence

Be the ultimate competitor in a DECA role-play. Members must pre-register for this activity. Top performers will be recognized during Sunday’s Closing Session.

College + Career Exhibits

Searching for the perfect institution to start your post-secondary studies? Want to discuss career opportunities? Looking to expand the product line for your school-based enterprise?


No power trip would be complete without the opportunity to meet new people! Join us Saturday evening for a “DECA After Dark” event.

Classroom Connection

Extend Learning Beyond the Classroom

  • Understand the role of the economy in society
  • Use entrepreneurial skills to enhance workplace productivity and career options
  • Create new and worthwhile ideas
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse teams
  • Use interpersonal and problem-solving skills to influence and guide others toward a goal
  • Demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior in using influence and power
  • Act responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind


Advisor Professional Learning

The Advisor Professional Learning Series will engage educators in professional development focusing on curriculum and instructional content that support preparing students for college and careers and connects the conference content to the classroom. Previous topics have included:

  • This Is How We Connect to Business
  • This Is How We Develop a Chapter Strategy Best Practices
  • This Is How We Implement a School-based Enterprise Best Practices
  • This Is How We Prepare Students for Role-plays + DECA Exams
  • This Is How We Use Business Operations Research Events in the Classroom
  • This Is How We Use DECA+


Key Information

Get ready to immerse yourself in this educational experience! The information below will guide you through the registration process.


Charlotte Convention Center
501 S College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

Registration Deadline

October 15, 2024

Registration will open in September 2024.

Registration is a two-step process:

  1. DECA members must first be in our online membership system.
  2. Once submitted, you can register them for the conference through our online registration system by selecting “Conferences.”

For complete registration instructions, please refer to the conference registration guide once it is released.

The conference registration fee applies to DECA members, advisors and chaperones, and includes the following:

  • Conference workshops
  • Conference materials
  • Conference t-shirt
  • Conference insurance
  • Saturday evening activity

All student attendees must be on a submitted DECA membership roster to register. Collect the following information from each attendee to complete the registration process:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • T-shirt size
  • Competitive event participation (yes or no)

Conference participants must stay in the designated conference hotel. Make your hotel reservations in the online registration system with DECA Inc.

Charlotte Marriott City Center

100 W Trade Street

Charlotte, NC 28202

Westin Charlotte

601 S College Street

Charlotte, NC 28202

Once the hotel block has been filled, registration will not be able to be submitted, and DECA will attempt to secure additional housing. After the registration deadline, DECA Inc. will submit the rooming list to the hotel. Once the hotel provides confirmation numbers, DECA Inc. will forward those to advisor.


Visit Charlotte

Every minute in the Queen City is one meant for exploring. Home to numerous sports and entertainment venues, the third largest financial center in the country and a tremendous hospitality and restaurant scene, Charlotte’s got a lot. The Queen City lives up to its name.


Get Involved

Each of DECA’s educational conferences has unique opportunities to engage our volunteers and partners. Learn how you can connect and engage with DECA members and advisors.

Frequently Asked Questions


Key Contacts

If you need more information, please reach out to our key conference contacts.

Christy Rutherford
Educational Programs
Kylie Knudsen
Registration Information
Hotel Reservation Information
Cindy Allen
Sponsorships and Exhibits
Whitney Milbourne
Volunteer Opportunities
Online Testing Questions

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