MBA Research
Serving high school and post-secondary educators and administrators
Not-for-profit, research-based support for all Business Administration educators: entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, management/administration, and marketing.


About Conclave

Registration is now closed. You may still register on site at conference registration desk. 


Basic Registration            

Member: $389. Non-Member: $529. All educators from schools in the MBA Research member states are eligible for member pricing. 

Basic Registration includes breakfast, luncheon, breaks, miscellaneous conference materials, and all professional development programming. 

Free The Celebration! ticket with registration by August 31. $39 after August 31. Ticket for unregistered guest: $49.

Institutional Registration
Bring the team!  Schools and school districts are encouraged to bring a team of leaders interested in building stronger business administration programs.  Bring your business education and marketing education faculty, counselors, curriculum specialists, advisory committee members, and local administrators responsible for business/marketing programs.  Deep discounts: 30% discount for the third and all additional registrations from an individual school, OR 30% discount for the fifth and all additional registrants from a school district.

Guest Registration 
$89. Includes two lunches, three breakfasts and Celebration! ticket (if registered before August 31).

College Student Registration
$79.  Full-time students in teacher preparation programs who are preparing to teach secondary business administration, and who are not currently in teaching positions, are eligible. Written verification of current full-time status from teacher educator is required.  Rate includes Basic Registration and The Celebration! ticket.

Update! Conclave has changed to a virtual conference. 

Denver, the Mile High City, awaits our arrival for Conclave, October 16-18, 2020. The MBA Conclave Curriculum and Teaching Conference has become the single most important conference attended by many business and marketing teachers. This four-day conference expands over the course of a weekend to help accommodate the greatest number and minimize days out of school without sacrificing the extremely high-quality programming this unique conference offers. For more info about Denver, check out

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 200, with approximately 80% from secondary, 10% from post-secondary, and an additional 10% from other settings. Participants include high school and community college faculty, local administrators, 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.  Details.

Click here for teacher feedback about Conclave, including video endorsements.

When and where is Conclave?

October 16 - 18, 2020. The location has changed from Denver to an online, virtual event. 

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.

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 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, 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.

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-site 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, Facebook, LinkedIn)
  • Present experience to your team at work (e.g. lunch & learn)

Endorsements from teachers?

Click here for teacher feedback, including video endorsements.