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About Conclave

Beautiful Kansas City, MO awaits our arrival for Conclave, October 5 - 8, 2018.  Watch for more info coming soon!

For many business and marketing teachers, the MBA Conclave Curriculum and Teaching Conference has become the single most important conference they attend.  To help accommodate the greatest number, we’re moving to a new time of the year and working to minimize days out of school without sacrificing the extremely high-quality programming this unique conference is known for.


Be A Conclave Presenter

Have a particularly interesting project or idea to strengthen business and marketing education?   Share it at Conclave and we’ll help pay your way.  Our presentation slots are expected to be filled by mid-June, so don’t get left out.  Here’s the details.

The national MBA Conclave Curriculum and Teaching Conference is designed specifically for teachers and administrators of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in Business Administration, including those who focus on:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Hospitality/Tourism
  • Management/Administration
  • Marketing


The conference is designed to meet the needs of:

  • High School Teachers
  • Community/Technical College Faculty
  • (Special track for college faculty)
  • Supervisors and Directors
  • Curriculum specialists
  • Counselors interested in student opportunities
  • Teacher Educators
  • BPA, DECA, FBLA advisors


The goal of Conclave is to provide local teachers and administrators with a comprehensive overview of contemporary curricula, pedagogy, and program development strategies,  including dialogue with leading educators and industry executives. Specific objectives of the conference are to provide practical, take-home strategies and tactics relative to:

  • Implementation of project-based instruction (classroom implementation)
  • Use of technology in the classroom to enhance learning
  • Industry-validated standards and adaptations for programs-of-study and performance-oriented courses
  • Detailed information regarding proof-of-learning assessments, including industry-based certification options
  • Industry best practices, including contemporary case study discussions in finance, human resources, management, and marketing
  • Integration of core academic standards within the business administration program-of-study
  • Use of student organizations (e.g., BPA, DECA, or FBLA) to apply and reinforce learning, to provide leadership development, and to engage students in the learning process
  • Product development (including model program design, branding, and strategy) and marketing of contemporary Business Administration programs (secondary)


Participation averages 300, with approximately 65% from the high school arena, 20% from colleges, and an additional 15% from other settings. Participants include high school and community college faculty, local administrators, DEX, DECA, BPA and FBLA advisors, state supervisors, teacher educators and others interested in program development.

Presenters include senior-level Fortune 1000 managers (typically VP and above), entrepreneurs with a unique story, and leading educators, including successful classroom instructors.

Academic credit is offered annually by several different colleges and universities. Specific offerings and requirements are at the discretion of the sponsoring colleges. Documentation for continuing education credits (CEUs) is available at no additional cost.  A detailed report of session participation will be available 2 – 3 weeks following the conference. Details.

The MBA Conclave Curriculum and Teaching Conference is sponsored by MBA Research.

If this will be your first experience with Conclave, you’re likely to find all of the options and details a bit overwhelming.  Here are some tips to help make the process a bit easier.  

About MBA Conclave

What is Conclave?  The MBA Conclave is designed for anyone who teaches or administers the teaching of business administration (entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, management/administration, and marketing) build better, bigger, stronger programs at the local level.  Every session is designed for take-home value.

Getting funded

Although every situation is different, we’ve provided some information for preparing your travel proposal.  As you prepare to make your request, use our example to help document your own proposal.  Be sure to emphasize that Conclave is specifically designed to provide take-home value that will help you build the most effective program possible.  ALSO, note that this conference meets guidelines in most states for use of Perkins funding.  AND, don’t overlook the possibility of getting some or all of your expenses funded by local companies.  Many national and regional companies welcome the opportunity to support their schools.  

When to arrive

Most teachers will arrive on either Thursday or Friday. There is one full day of pre-conference activities on Friday including hands-on workshops and The Celebration! that are heavily attended. The workshops are often an additional fee and require pre-registration; however, some spots may be available for purchase on site but not guaranteed. These activities begin early, so most participants arrive the night before. Depending on the venue, there may be social activities planned on Thursday. Consortium representatives and state/local supervisors have special programming at Conclave. Before you make travel plans, be sure to check the master schedule to be certain you have all meetings on your list.

When to leave

Most teachers stay through Monday, planning their return travel late Monday or on Tuesday.  (Locals typically leave Monday evening or Tuesday morning.)  Depending on the venue, there are often tours/field trips and other events planned for Tuesday morning and early afternoon. 

From the airport

Getting from the airport to the conference is different each year.  Please check the travel/transportation page.

Basic registration

Everyone starts with the basic registration fee.  If you work in an MBA Research member state, use the member rate.  (In most cases, the basic member rate is $389.)  Participants from member states pay less because the state has paid a membership fee that helps cover part of the conference costs.  Your basic registration covers most conference-wide activities from Friday to Monday, including:

  • Breakfast and lunch Saturday and Sunday
  • All seminars, DeepThink roundtables, QuickStop Show and Tell, and featured speakers
  • Friday night social (The Celebration!) IF registration is received by August 31.


Before you complete your registration, be certain to check the many value-added options that are available.  First-time participants often overlook the heavily-attended pre- and post-conference workshops.  For very little added cost, these optional activities add a great deal of value for most teachers.

The Celebration!

Nearly everyone attends The Celebration!  on Friday evening.  It’s a fun evening and a great opportunity to meet your colleagues from throughout the nation.  Different each year, The Celebration! features food, drink, music, and entertainment.  It’s usually in a fun, interesting venue that takes advantage of the city we’re in.  Best of all, it’s free IF you register for Conclave on or before August 31.  Visit The Celebration! page for a description of this year’s event (usually announced in early January) and for information on costs for spouse and friends.

Add-on workshops

In addition to the basic conference, we offer value-added workshops.  Most of these occur on Friday, although in some years they are offered on Monday or other days, as well.  These workshops are heavily attended and often sell out.  (In most, space is limited to a maximum of 20 participants per workshop.)  There is a small additional fee for each workshop, with the fee depending on the costs of transportation, Internet access, or several other variables.  These workshops differ from the regular conference seminars in that they are longer (most are 2 1/2 hours, some are all day) and provide more hands-on experience.  Be sure to read the descriptions carefully as some will require that you bring a laptop computer or complete some type of advance preparation.

Conference orientation

Our conference registration desk doubles as our Conclave customer service desk.  Stop by any time with questions or ideas.   Be sure to check the master schedule for additional scheduling details, including the Thursday evening orientation session for first-time participants.

Endorsements

“Conclave is one of the best teacher conferences that I have had the opportunity to attend. The sessions are very specific, informative, and provide 'take aways' for classroom use. Having the ability to network with other educators from different states is priceless! Sharing resources and strategies are tools that help spark excitement in the classroom and has given a jolt to my teaching experience.”
-Tammy Cyrus, South Central High School (NC)

Click here for more teacher feedback, including video endorsements.

What are the dates of Conclave?

October 5 - 8, 2017

What is Conclave and who should attend?

The MBA Conclave is designed for anyone who teaches or administers the teaching of business administration (entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, management/administration, and marketing) build better, bigger, stronger programs at the local level.  Every session is designed for take-home value.

Where is the conference located?

Kansas City, MO

How will I keep informed of conference events, news and information?

All information will be updated on our website, www.MBAResearch.org/GoConclave.  Click on Updates.

What are pre-conference workshops?

In addition to the basic conference, we offer value-added workshops.  These workshops are heavily attended and often sell out.  (In most, space is limited to a maximum of 20 participants per workshop.)  There is a small additional fee for each workshop, with the fee depending on the costs of transportation, Internet access, or several other variables.  These workshops differ from the regular conference seminars in that they are longer (most are 2 1/2 hours or longer) and provide more hands-on experience.  Be sure to read the descriptions carefully as some will require that you bring a laptop computer or complete some type of advance preparation.

How many attendees are expected?

Conclave averages 200, with approximately 65% from the high school arena, 20% from colleges, and an additional 15% from other settings. Participants include high school and community college faculty, local administrators, DEX, DECA, BPA and FBLA advisors, state supervisors, teacher educators and others interested in program development.

Is the conference likely to sell out?

We do not put a cap on the conference however the pre-conference workshops will most likely sell out and The Celebration! will sell out.

Who will be presenting?

Presenters include senior-level Fortune 1000 managers (typically VP and above), entrepreneurs with a unique story, and leading educators, including successful classroom instructors.

What is The Celebration!?

More than a party, The Celebration! is your opportunity to meet and network with many of the nations leading Business Administration teachers and administrators.  Often includes dinner and entertainment located at a venue that highlights our host city.  It’s become a focal point of the annual MBA Conclave!  Nearly everyone participates, so don’t be left out.  Ticket required.  However, register for Conclave prior to August 31 and your ticket is FREE!

When is payment due?

Advanced registration and payment is preferred. However, you may register on-site.  All payment (credit card, checks, purchase orders) must be received by first day of the conference and may be paid on-sight at conference registration desk.

What happens if I have an emergency and need to cancel my registration?

100% refund of basic registration for cancellations prior to October 1; 75% thereafter.  No refunds for no-shows.  Sorry, no refund for sold-out workshops and tours, or The Celebration! after October 1.  (You may send an alternate.  No charge for substitutions at any time.)

How do I get CEU credits?

Click here for CEU credit info. 

Do I have to stay at conference hotel?

No, however we cannot provide transportation to and from the conference or to and from any activity associated with the conference (i.e. The Celebration!).  Click here for hotel info.

Will there be food at the conference?

A continental breakfast and lunch is included both days of the conference.  Lunch is usually a boxed lunch or occasionally a sit down meal with a featured speaker.  The only dinner provided is at The Celebration! (A ticket to attend The Celebration! is required.)  Also, a boxed lunch is provided if you are participating in early back-to-back pre-conference workshops (first session immediately followed by second session).

Can I workshop hop?

No.  The pre-conference workshops are an additional fee for each workshop attended.  They are very in-depth and hands on, you will not have time to “hop” to another.  However, the actual conference will have several sessions offered every hour for you to choose from.

Should I prepare for Conclave before arriving?

Should you? Yes but it is not required.  You will benefit greatly by reading the session descriptions ahead of time.  Our website lists every session description and speaker bio.  Because you have several options every hour, we recommend you take note of what sessions interests you the most and prepare once you’ve received your conference program at registration.  Having a plan ensures that you do not miss the sessions that you most want to attend, guaranteeing you the best conference experience.

Will I have access to speaker material?

Yes.  After the conference we will post on our website any material the speakers provide us with.  You will be able to access and download the material for free!

How do I get the most out of Conclave?

What to do during the event:

  • Shut down from work (including checking emails)
  • Be flexible (attend sessions outside your industry)
  • After each session, note one thing you will do
  • Approach the speakers

What to do after the event:

  • Connect on social media with people you met (Twitter, FB, LinkedIn)
  • Present experience to your team at work (e.g. lunch & learn)