State Leadership Conference

Grand Rapids, Michigan

November 8 and 9, 2017

The 2017 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 in Grand Rapids on November 8-9, 2017. 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. A mock competition and a dance will be held for those attending both days of the conference.

Whether you want to learn more about how being a DECA member can help you become LIMITLESS, or are a returning member getting ready for the year ahead, there is something for everyone at the State Leadership Conference!


The first day of the State Leadership Conference will assist members with their competitive event skills; mock competitions will be held Wednesday. The mock competition will be divided up into two groups, first year members will participate in two mock Principles judged scenarios and returning members will participate in two mock Individual series judged scenarios. The scores will be added together and the top 20 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 2:00 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. The tentative program is on the next page.

Thursday’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
Conference activities will take place at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Avenue Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 616.774.2000

Hotel Information
All conference participants registering for both days of the conference will be required to stay at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Please refer to the Hotel Registration form for information on reserving your chapter’s hotel rooms.

Hotel Parking
Chapters are responsible for their parking charges. The hotel offers valet parking for $15.00 per day.
Self parking is free for chapters staying overnight. Self parking will be $15 for those attending only on Thursday, November 9, 2017.

Conference Registration
Chapters can choose to attend both days (Wednesday and Thursday) or Thursday only.
The registration fee includes lunch on Thursday, participation in all sessions, and conference registration materials. Refunds are not available after the conference registration deadline.

Each delegate or chapter will be responsible for Wednesday’s breakfast, lunch and dinner. An optional dinner on Wednesday may be added to the conference registration form. Lunch on Thursday will be included as part of the conference registration fee for all delegates.

Wednesday Dance
Wednesay evening we will have a dance for a $1 per person donation to MDA, which is payable in cash only at the door. Glow items will also be available for purchase at the door.

On Wednesday, chapters may arrive any time between 2:00 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.

On Thursday, chapters will want to arrive promptly at 9:00 a.m.

A tentative schedule is below.

Adult Assignments
At least one (1) adult must attend and pay the registration fee for every ten (10) student delegates attending.  To have a smoothly run conference, all adults are needed to work an assignment. Please list the activity you wish to assist with on the Conference Registration form.

Advisors’ Meeting and Assistance
There will be a special meeting for all advisors.  Advisors will also be assigned to sessions to monitor participation and behavior. Each advisor and chaperone are asked to assist with supervision at the conference, by being visible on the floors prior to and after curfew. To keep the registration fee as low as possible, we have elected to use advisors in place of outside security.

Membership Policy
All students registered for the conference must be paid members of Michigan DECA by the October 31st membership deadline.

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 During conference sessions and activities
To allow students to fully participate with the leadership activities, 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.

Dress Code During Wednesday’s dance
Students must wear a DECA, chapter or school t-shirt without rips or tears.

Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Registration (by Chapter Officers)

1:30 – 5:25 p.m.

Break Out Sessions

3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Mock Competition - must participate in two scenarios

The last time that a student can start the mock competition is at 6:00 p.m.

7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Dinner – either on your own or pre-purchase on registration form

9:00 – 10:30 p.m.

DECA dance

11:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.



Thursday, November 9, 2017


8:15 – 8:45 a.m.

Registration (for chapters arriving on Thursday)

8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Vendor and Career Expo

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Opening Session

9:45 – 11:35 a.m.

Interactive Session (Gold Group)

9:45 – 11:35 a.m.

Break Out Sessions (Blue Group)

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Lunch – included in your registration

12:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Interactive Session (Blue Group)

12:45 – 2:25 p.m.

Break Out Sessions (Gold Group)

2:30 p.m.