This past July, Phoenix, Arizona was home to over 200 DECA members and advisors from all over the nation and Canada for the Emerging Leadership Summit. DECA is a Career and Technical Student Organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. At the Emerging Leadership Summit, state/provincial officers were able to participate in the EMPOWER workshop while chapter officers were able to participate in the ELEVATE workshop.
In both the ELEVATE and EMPOWER programs, students were able to learn valuable leadership skills through a series of workshops. Members learned how to best advocate/promote DECA at the local and national level as well as learn proper etiquette through a formal etiquette lunch. The workshops also taught the best and most effective uses of social media as a way to connect with members and reach out to new ones. The program ended with a showcase from each state/province detailing the various activities that their charted association does that is unique. Members also created videos of something they excel in that will be shared later on in the year.
While at ELS, DECA members faced a tremendous opportunity to network with others. With so many like-minded and driven people in one room, great ideas were shared and friendships were formed. It was a valuable experience for members to meet the other heads of states/provinces as well as to meet the national officers. Attendees also got the chance to get to know each other in a more informal setting at DECA Night at Lucky Strike Bowling.
When reflecting on ELS, Cameron Alwes, the Vice President of Communications for Oregon DECA had this to say: “ELS was an amazing opportunity for networking with other state officers from all over the country. We were able to bring back so many new ideas to Oregon DECA that will help make this year even better!” Sam Nelson, the District II Vice President for Oregon DECA added, “The speakers were great examples of how to handle public speaking; they gave information that I am sure I will utilize in the future.”
With this newfound knowledge, Oregon DECA state officers, along with the other state/provincial officers, are ready to make this DECA year the best yet. Oregon DECA will be able to put this knowledge into action with its soon approaching Oregon Leadership Institute this November!
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