Leadership, Team Building, Networking

One of the primary activities of DECA is participating in leadership conferences.  These symposiums bring together different DECA chapters from around the region, the country, and even the world.  They offer students a chance to learn from business leaders who come in to speak on timely themes.  The conferences also provide an opportunity to compete in structured intercollegiate academic sport.

Prepared speeches and unprepared case study events are the hallmark of the statewide Pacific Northwest Career Development Conference (held every February) and the International Career Development Conference (held every April).  Placing high enough in the state competition at the PNCDC is the necessary qualification for students to compete at the ICDC.  However, there are alternate activities at the ICDC for those who didn’t qualify but still wish to participate.

Before the competitive season begins, there are regional and national leadership conferences scheduled in the fall for students who wish to jump start their career search.  The Fall Orientation and Leadership Conference is held each November and brings together DECA chapters from throughout Washington and British Columbia.  The FOLC features guest speakers addressing an annual theme, as well as instructional guidance on DECA competitive events and how to advance one’s career with leadership skills.

The Collegiate Leadership Academy is a national conference held every November in New York City.  The CLA provides students a rare opportunity to visit work environments in their career area of interest, bypass the corporate filtering process and directly network with hiring managers, and work with the teams across schools throughout the country to respond to case study challenges.


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