State Leadership Conference

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Tuesday, November 12 and Wednesday, November 13, 2019

HERE WE GO for another exciting DECA Year!  The State Leadership Conference provides students with the first opportunity of the year to network and collaborate with members from across the state. The conference will be held at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel on November 12 and 13, 2019. Engaging workshops and key note speakers are being planned for members attending. Members will also get the time to network with representatives from some of the top colleges in Michigan.
Whether you want to learn more about how being a DECA member, or are a returning member getting ready for the year ahead, there is something for everyone at the State Leadership Conference!

The format of the first day of the State Leadership Conference is designed to assist members with their competitive event skills; mock competitions will be held Tuesday. The mock competition will be divided up into two groups, first year members will participate in a mock Principles judged scenario, and returning members will participate in an Individual Series judged scenario. The top 15 in each group will receive recognition. In addition to the mock competition, breakout sessions will be offered on competitive events and DECA programs, so your chapter can participate in a wide range of activities this year.

Chapters may arrive any time between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m., according to the travel plans that best fits their needs. Schools that are available to arrive earlier will be able to participate in more conference workshops.

Two day registration will include dinner at the Grand Rapids Public Museum and time to explore afterwards. The museum is a place of never-ending inspiration and discovery, with a focus on science, history and culture. Boasting three floors of core and special exhibition and hands-on lab spaces, it is home to more than 250,000 unique artifacts that tell the history of Kent County and beyond, and is responsible for protecting the Mounds, a national historic landmark.

Wednesday’s program will focus on presentations from marketing professionals on business trends and interactive activities for members to develop and use their leadership skills. In addition to these interactive activities, the conference will have sessions on marketing trends, continuing your education and exhibits from colleges, school store suppliers, and fund-raising vendors.


Conference Location

All conference activities will take place at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.


Hotel Information

All conference participants registering for both days of the conference will be required to stay at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 616.774.2000


Conference Registration

Chapters can choose to attend both days (Tuesday and Wednesday) or Wednesday only.

The two day registration fee includes dinner on Tuesday, a Tuesday evening activity at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, lunch on Wednesday, participation in all sessions and workshops, and conference registration materials.

The one day registration fee includes lunch on Wednesday, participation in all sessions and workshops, and conference registration materials.

Refunds are not available after the conference registration deadline.



Chapters are responsible for their parking charges.

  • For those attending both days, the hotel offers valet parking for $15.00 per day, or self parking is free.
  • For those attending just Wednesday, self parking will be $32.


Adult Assignments

To have a smoothly run conference, all adults are needed to work an assignment.  Work assignment preference will be made during the conference registration process.


Delegate Code of Conduct Form

Each delegate attending the conference must sign the Michigan DECA Delegate Code of Conduct Form. This form is to be hand-carried to the conference by the advisor and not sent in with the registration.


Dress Code

Business casual attire will be allowed. Khaki (Docker) style pants (no cargo pants) will be appropriate for both males and females. Ladies should have blouses, sweaters, polo-style or collared shirts. Gentlemen should wear sweaters, polo-style, or collared shirts. Denim, T-shirts, leggings, hats, and cargo pants are not allowed (This includes the dinner and evening activity at the Grand Rapids Public Museum).



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November 11-12, 2020 – Grand Rapids, Michigan