Fall Leadership Conference


Fall Leadership Conference

Watch the Thinkback video of Washington DECA's 2017 Fall Leadership Conference!


The Fall Leadership Conference (FLC) is a hands-on experience that familiarizes students with DECA, generating excitement and momentum leading into their DECA year. Students attend a wide variety of dynamic breakout sessions led by key business professionals, DECA advisors, and Washington DECA staff.They also have the unique opportunity to practice their knowledge and skills during Mock Competition and a Mock (job) Interview. At the Marketing Fair,students network with exhibitors who are showcasing fundraising opportunities,school-based enterprise products, higher education institutions, and more. Each chapter is invited to select two student leaders to attend the Chapter Leadership Academy led by their peers—the Washington DECA State Officer Team.


Mock Competition gives students an opportunity to experience competition without any stage/score pressure. The competition is an Individual Series Event role play, developed by a former DECA advisor with more than 35 years of marketing education experience. The judges' roles are defined,and they are asked to provide feedback to help students gain a better understanding of how to present themselves in competition. After FLC, the role play scenario will be available to advisors who attend FLC to use as a competition prep tool after the conference.

Nearly twice as many students who attended FLC advanced to SCDC in an Individual Series Event compared to students who did not attend the conference. 

Significantly more students who attended FLC advanced to SCDC in a Team Decision Making Event compared to students who did not attend the conference.

Below  are a few of the highlights to look forward to at the Fall Leadership Conference in 2018!

Mock Competition                  

Students will participate in a mock competition role play, establishing a competitive advantage going forward. More than 200 volunteer judges are recruited to evaluate student performance and provide them with feedback. Mock Competition allows DECA members to experience competition in a low-stress environment and to hone their competition skills. 



Conference Dates. October 28-30, 2018                                                                                                              
Location. Bellevue, WA

Registration Coming Soon


Administrator Day Invitation: Please share this invitation with your administrators. We welcome them to come and experience DECA with us! 

Agenda: FLC tentative agenda and schedule

Code of Conduct: Expected behavior of all delegates, and consequences for violations 

Community Service Night FlyerPDF Conference activity on Day 1 

Conference Program: PDF Detailed program, schedule, and session descriptions 

Dress Code: Expectations regarding attire at conferences and during competition

Entrepreneurship Think Tank: Description of this new opportunity at FLC *coming soon*

FLC Promotional Flyer: Brief overview of FLC to share with stakeholders

Form A: PDF | Word Delegate Permission, Release, and Code of Conduct Form

Form B (DocuSign): Statement of Assurance and Advisor Rules and Responsibilities

Form B (DocuSign) Instructions: PDF

Form CAgreement to Supervise Students from Another School

Form D: Permission to Use Private Transportation

Hotel Comparison: Data sheet for Hyatt vs Westin

Hotel Credit Card Authorization Form: PDF | Word

Judge FlyerPromotional flyer to share with potential judges

Registration Checklist: Stay on track with your registration and housing deadlines using this handy checklist

Registration Instructions: Step-by-step instructions on how to complete FLC registration and housing

Safety Information: PDF

Washington DECA Apparel Order Form: PDF


Student Scholarships: To expand access to the DECA Experience, Washington DECA will award more than 110  student FLC registration scholarships in the amount of $140.00 each. The first 110 scholarships will be evenly awarded between Areas (10 scholarships per Area), based on financial need communicated in the application. Any additional scholarships will be awarded based on highest need.
Student Scholarship Application- Email applications to Linda Andersen at linda@wadeca.org, or fax to 206.492.2558 by September 26. Scholarship recipients will be announced October 2.

Chapter Travel Scholarships: Washington DECA will award FLC travel scholarships to chapters in the amount of $250 to $750, based on financial need and distance from Bellevue.
Chapter Travel Scholarship Application- Email application to Linda Andersen at linda@wadeca.org, or fax to 206.492.2558 by September 26. Scholarship recipients will be announced October 2.


Thank you for your interest in supporting the Fall Leadership Conference! For more information, please visit our Sponsorship Opportunities page.

SPONSORS Thank you to our generous sponsors. Without you, this conference wouldn't be possible.


DECA Pitches In 3 x 3 Community Service Night
Partner with DECA members from around the state on Sunday night to support non-profit organizations, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Members will participate in a variety of activities to kick off a year of service and giving by Washington DECA members. <<Click Here to Learn More>>

Administrator Day
Invite your CTE Directors, Principals, Assistant Principals, or other interested administrators to join us for Administrator Day where they will get in on the excitement of the Monday morning General Session, meet with key staff and board members to learn what's new with Washington DECA, and tour the event with a state officer or volunteer. Contact Lori Hairston to get your administrator on the guest list.

Advisor Reception and Strategic Planning Meeting
Advisors, please join us for a reception (honoring YOU) and a meeting to define strategic plans for our organization. Your input is crucial.

General Session: DECATalks 
This morning general session features three highly successful entrepreneurs who will inspire you with their personal stories. Start your morning with enthusiasm and motivation to set the day’s tone. Join a LinkedIn exec and two business owners and hear about their insights, personal development, and business!

Marketing Fair
Visit the Marketing Fair vendors to see brands that meet the nutrition guidelines, fundraising opportunities, post-secondary education options, and more. Advisors, remind your students to bring extra spending money for the trip. We will have some apparel for sale, and glassybaby will be selling a variety of their famous votives, which make great gifts. Not familiar with glassybaby? Check them out on their website at glassybaby.com.

Breakout Sessions
With more than 50 breakout sessions featuring topics such as Social Media, Competitive Events, Job Searching, Personal Development, Customer Experience, and Fashion Merchandising (to name a few), your day will be packed with informative, interesting, and engaging workshops! Hear from business leaders in a wide range of industries and businesses from around Washington State. Gather tips and information from executives at companies like Amazon, KeyBank, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Wells Fargo, AT&amp;T, and more!

Build Your Business Workshop, UW Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship
Build Your Business with Rob Adams, Director of the Buerk Center at the UW. Rob is a Seattle angel investor, dedicated startup advisor, and former teacher of UW’s “Creating a Company” course. Two students per Area will be selected, based on advisor referrals, to pitch their early-stage business or business idea. No matter if you’ve got a startup in the works or are just beginning to develop an idea, this is a great way to share your idea and receive feedback and coaching from an experienced entrepreneur and UW Buerk Center gurus in this exclusive workshop. Submit your student referrals to Lori Hairston.

FCE & Me Workshop, Jarvis Financial
Limited to 50 students per session. During this interactive group workshop, you will learn the relatively simple process of being able to retire at age 45. You will also learn how to crush the DECA financial consulting competition. Almost every adult you know, regardless of their career or income, is BROKE. At best, they MIGHT be able to retire at 65, but only if Social Security doesn’t go bankrupt first. Get a handle on how to retire before 90 with this small group workshop, and while you are there, get some major insights into the DECA Financial Consulting event. Advisors will register their students for this workshop in the online FLC registration system.

Reality Fair Workshop, Financial Beginnings
Limited to 50 students per session. Can you budget? Join this small group workshop to learn how you would fare in the “real world.” Each attendee will be assigned a budget and then will “shop” for their housing, car, insurance, groceries, etc., to see if they have set themselves up for success or if they might find themselves short at the end of the month. Get tips and feedback from Financial Beginnings, and you will walk away with tools to succeed after high school. Advisors will register their students for this workshop in the online FLC registration system.

Entrepreneurship ThinkTank, AT&T
Each chapter advisor may select two students to attend the AT&amp;T Entrepreneurship ThinkTank. Spend the day with AT&amp;T executives to dig into the work behind launching a business and bringing it to market. Hear from managers and directors on what it takes to launch an idea, get one-on-one mentoring from executives, and at the end of the day, present an idea your team developed. Lunch is provided during the workshop. Advisors will register their students for this workshop in the online FLC registration system.

Mock Interviews, Vector Marketing
Student attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a Mock Interview including a pre-screen, a group interview, and a one-on-one debrief after the interview. This is an amazing chance to hone interview skills for competition, internships, jobs, and more! Advisors will sign up their students during conference check-in on October 29.

Chapter Leadership Academy (CLA)           
Each chapter advisor may select two outstanding student leaders in their chapter to attend the Chapter Leadership Academy (CLA). The CLA is an inspirational half day of hands-on learning featuring impressive speakers, practical content, and an opportunity to connect with other chapter leaders from across the state. Advisors may register their students for this workshop when submitting online registration.

DECA Inc. Meeting
Join Lori Hairston, Washington DECA Executive Director and Greg McCormick, Washington DECA Board Chair to hear and discuss updates for the year.

WAME Meeting
Don't miss the WAME meeting on Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 4:00 p.m.

General Session: How I Built This
This general session takes a page out of the Podcast world where innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists talk about the stories behind the movements they built. We will bring two well-recognized entrepreneurs (CEOs of Thrive Causemetics and Strideline) to the stage to share with the audience their triumphs, failures, insights, and about their entrepreneurial ideas and how they built their companies from the ground up.

Go Backstage at Fall Leadership Conference! - Application Deadline October 10th
Cybis Communications is a premier live event &amp; creative media production company based in Orlando. The Cybis Production Internship is a unique opportunity for 1 or 2 members to participate in the many aspects of show production, including stage management, cameras &amp; projection, and lighting &amp; sound. Apply now at www.thinkcybis.com/intern


Save the dates for FLC 2018!

Fall Leadership Conference (FLC) October 28–30, 2018 Bellevue, WA