International Career Development Conference
May 2-7, 2014
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: lodging, conference registration, security, staff and state officer travel, and state spirit items such as (shirt, pins, and glow items).
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.
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.
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.
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. Our hotel will be announced in February.
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 is February 10, 2014. Individuals selected to represent Michigan DECA will be announced at the State Conference. Download the application here.
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. 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.
No cell phone use will be allowed during competition, workshops, sessions or academies.
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.
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.
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