Western Region DECA members were given to opportunity to ignite in Phoenix, Arizona at the 2017 Western Region Leadership Conference (WRLC). From November 16th – 18th, almost 2,000 DECA members converged at the Western Region Leadership Conference to experience powerful workshops, hone their competitive skills, explore Phoenix, and network with fellow DECA members. WRLC kicked off with an action-packed, electrifying opening session on Thursday night. Throughout the Western Region Leadership Conference, members attended workshops geared towards business and industry, competition training, and leadership development, presented by influential individuals such as Curtis Haley, Luke Kayyem and April Prothero. After the workshop sessions, DECA members were invited to DECA After Dark, where Western Region DECA let loose at a DECA dance party and performance from Austin Burke.
Bright and early on the 18th, members had the opportunity to work on their competitive skills by competing in a mock role play competition and get instant feedback from ICDC judges and other individuals. After two full days of learning from workshops and strengthening competitive skills, members unwound with excursions. These excursions consisted of visiting the ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus, the Arizona Science Center, the Musical Instrument Museum, the Phoenix Art Museum, and the Westgate Entertainment District. Finally, WRLC concluded with a spectacular closing session and a keynote from Kent Julian. The Western Region Leadership Conference was a great opportunity for almost 2,000 Western Region DECA members to expand on their leadership abilities, work on their competitive skills, network with fellow DECA members, while exploring the beautiful city of Phoenix! The 2017 Western Region Leadership Conference was definitely one for the history books!
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