International Career Development Conference


May 3-6, 2014

Atlanta, Georgia

Each year, the DECA International Career Development Conference gives students the opportunity to meet and compete with thousands of other DECA members from around the world who have shown to be the best at their District and State conferences, and now have earned the chance to compete at the highest level of DECA competition!

After participating in competitive events during the day, students will have time to socialize with other members from around the world, meet and network with influential business leaders at their vendor booths, and explore Atlanta. Check out this list on the most popular Atlanta attractions!

But wait, there’s more!

There are opportunities for members to develop your occupational and leadership skills as well as meet other fun and energetic DECA members, all while having fun!

At the closing session of the conference, hundreds of trophies and thousands of dollars in scholarships will be presented to outstanding DECA members who helped make this year’s conference a memorable success.

The DECA International Career Development Conference gives you the opportunity to meet DECA members from around the world, interact with important business professionals, and compete to win scholarships and awards at DECA’s highest level of competition!

International Conference Registration Fee
The registration fee will include:

  • T-Shirt
  • Michigan spirit items
  • DECA Concert Ticket on May 5 for Easton Corbin and Brett Eldredge
  • MARTA (subway) 4 day pass
  • Atlanta CityPASS, which includes:
  • Georgia Aquarium Ticket
  • World of Coca Cola Ticket
  • Inside CNN Studio Tour
  • Choice of admission to Zoo Atlanta –or– Atlanta History Center
  • Choice of admission to Fernbank Museum of Natural History –or– High Museum of Art

Registration refunds will only be given if the request is submitted on the official State Refund Request Form, is received prior to the conference, and if a refund is available from National DECA and/or the hotel. The sooner the written request is received, the larger the refund.

A tentative agenda has been posted here.

Reserved Seating at General Sessions
All Michigan Delegates (students and advisors) are required to attend the Opening and Closing Sessions. Our delegation will be assigned seats for the Opening and Closing Sessions. Seating charts will be available when you receive your registration materials.

Required Activities
As stated in the delegate code of conduct, all students and advisors are required to attend conference sessions. Chapters that do not attend or leave the opening session early will risk being placed on probation and not being allowed to attend the next years International Conference.

Code of Conduct & Medical Treatment Authorization Forms
Each delegate, both student and adult, must sign the Code of Conduct and Medial Treatment Authorization Form. These forms are to be brought to the International Conference by the Chapter Advisor. Do not send them to the Michigan DECA office. Each advisor must sign a release stating that they have a completed form for each delegate and will bring the forms to the conference. It is recommended that these forms be notarized for out-of-state travel.

Travel Scholarships
Students qualifying for sponsored events will receive a travel scholarship to help offset the costs involved in traveling to the International Conference. More details will be available at the State Conference, during the Advisor’s Meeting.

Finish Line/DECA Dash 5k Fun Run/Walk
Don’t be left behind! Sign up today to participate in the fourth annual Finish Line/DECA Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, May 3 at the Georgia World Congress Center. 7:00 a.m. start time. Register your chapter’s members and advisors online here. The registration fee is $30 and includes a t-shirt and other items compliments of our sponsors. Deadline to pre-register is April 25 at 4:30 p.m.

One adult advisor must attend for every five (5) student delegates. This policy is in place to ensure proper supervision and management of conference activities. All advisors are required to assist with a competitive event. Additionally, the adult advisor must assist with supervision of the delegates, by conducting room checks after curfew.

All hotel reservations MUST be made through Michigan DECA. Every person staying with chapters (Chaperones and family members) must also be registered to attend the conference, and be included on the conference registration form.

Michigan DECA will be staying at:
Atlanta Marriott Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30303 404.521.0000

Leadership and Management Academies
Because of the demand for delegates to attend the Leadership Development Academy, Michigan DECA has developed an application process for selecting delegates to represent Michigan DECA at the Academies. The application deadline was February 10, 2014. Individuals selected to represent Michigan DECA were announced at the State Conference.

Only Michigan DECA members who qualified at the State Conference in their competitive event, selected members attending the Leadership Academies, along with incoming and outgoing state officers, are eligible to attend at the International Career Development Conference.

DECA Blazers Are Required
DECA Blazers will be required for competition at the International Conference. Information about purchasing DECA Blasers is available here.

Proper business attire is required at all sessions. Refer to the International Conference Dress Code.

Each competitor must bring their own calculator for international competition. Cell phones, PDAs, programmable and graphing calculators may not be used as calculators.

Cell Phones
No cell phone use will be allowed during competition, workshops, sessions or academies.

Conference Assistance
To have a successful conference, National DECA needs each advisor to assist at least one day, while at the conference. All Chaperones are also required to assist with the management of the conference. Chaperones can request to serve as a competitive event judge, or assist with Michigan DECA events. Please indicate their preference on your registration form.

If any business person(s) will be traveling to the conference with your chapter, please let Michigan DECA know if they are available to judge at the conference. A registration credit will be given for each judge.

You can expect mild days with temperatures in the mid 70’s and nights in the mid 50’s during our stay in Atlanta.


Planning Ahead? Future dates and locations:

  • April 24-29, 2015 – Orlando, Florida
  • April 22-27, 2016 – Nashville, Tennessee
  • April 25-30, 2017 – Anaheim, California
  • April 20-25, 2018 – Atlanta, Georgia
  • April 26-May 1, 2019 – Orlando, Florida
  • April 28-May 3, 2020 – Nashville, Tennesse