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Upcoming Conferences/Events

Join us at one of these upcoming events!

Date(s) Conference/Event Location
June 7 - 9, 2021 Nebraska Career Education (NCE) Conference Virtual
June 27 – July 2, 2021 FCCLA NLC Hybrid
June 30 - July 1, 2021 FBLA NLC Virtual

July 6 – 9, 2021

SREB Making Schools Work Conference


July 19 – 23, 2021

North Carolina CTE Summer Conference


July 26 - 28, 2021 Missouri CTE Summer Conference Hybrid
July 26 - 27, 2021 Mississippi ACTE Summer Conference Virtual
July 26 - 29, 2021 Alabama ACTE Summer Conference Virtual

August 3 - 5, 2021

MBA Conclave Curriculum & Teaching Conference


August 8 - 11, 2021 WA ACTE Summer Conference Virtual
December 1 - 4, 2021 ACTE VISION New Orleans, LA* (in-person and virtual hybrid)

*in-person conferences are subject to change

Previous Conferences/Events

Date(s) Conference/Event Location
April 21-22, 2021 ACTE Region 1 Virtual
January 20, 2021 North Carolina Professional Development Virtual
January 12, 2021 North Carolina Professional Development Virtual

December 8, 2020

Connecticut Professional Development


November 30 – December 5, 2020

ACTE Vision


November 18, 2020

Connecticut Professional Development


November 17 – 18, 2020

Alabama ACTE Conference


November 16 – 18, 2020

2020 NCAC Conference


November 9 – 10, 2020

DECA WRLC – Innovate 2020


October 22, 2020

Connecticut Professional Development


October 16 – 18, 2020

MBA Research Conclave


September 15 – 16, 2020

New Mexico ACTE Virtual Conference


August 18 – 20, 2020

Maryland Professional Development


August 11 – 13, 2020

Wisconsin Professional Development


July 29, 2020

DECA Conference


July 22 – 23, 2020

Mississippi ACTE Summer Conference


July 21 – 23, 2020

MBA Research Summer Series


July 13 – 17, 2020

NC CTE Summer Conference


June 23 – 25, 2020

MBA Research Summer Series


April 28, 2020

Washington Professional Development


April 22, 2020

North Carolina Professional Development


March 26, 2020

North Carolina Professional Development


February 12, 2020

Connecticut Professional Development


January 3 – 5, 2020

FBLA Summit

Reston, Virginia

Click here
for the High School of Business™ Training/Webinar Calendar

Many of our professional development opportunities offer academic credits or documentation for continuing education.  Conclave offers both.  For most one-time webinars we do not automatically issue documentation.  However, if you need documentation of participation for your own purposes, don’t hesitate to ask.  We’re happy to help.

Webinar/session calendar. Previously recorded webinars on our YouTube channel:

LAP Modules:

MBA Learning Center:

Project Management:

State's Connection:



For High School of Business webinars, click here.

MBA Research offers a variety of workshops, webinars, conference presentations, and other professional development activities.  Along with our full-time R&D staff, our adjunct PD Team brings recent, real-world experience.  Each is highly qualified in terms of experience with MBA Research research, products, and services, and has demonstrated high levels of achievement with their own local programs.  All have taught and mentored a wide range of business and marketing students and all have been active in both their student organizations (BPA, DECA, and FBLA) and their professional associations, including ACTE and NBEA.  

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Meet our PD Team:


Tammy Cyrus is the Director of Professional Development for MBA Research. She has been a part of the MBA Professional Development Team since 2014 and has presented at numerous state and national conferences. She was a previous Business Administration teacher in North Carolina.  She has received her Master of Arts in Business Education, National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certification and holds a certification in School Administration, as well as industry recognized certifications in Adobe and Microsoft Office.  Her professional experiences have included teaching at the post-secondary level, working on curriculum development at the state level, serving in leadership roles at the district and school levels, and serving as an adviser for FBLA. She is currently responsible for the PD Team, Teacher Advisory Network, Conclave, Leadership Forum and the ongoing development of professional development for teachers, districts, and state departments from around the country.



From North Carolina…

Michelle Bardsley is a career and technical education (CTE), business, finance, IT, and marketing educator with Wake County Schools, North Carolina. For eight years, Michelle has successfully implemented MBA Research materials and strategies into classroom instruction. She is a lead teacher in North Carolina Public Schools (face-to-face and online classrooms) who implements technology, effective instructional strategies, project-based learning, and real-world experiences to motivate students toward strong academic success. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration-finance from Old Dominion University. She serves on her school's Instructional Leadership (ILT) and SREB teams, and is an FBLA Advisor and Microsoft Innovative Educator. She holds certifications in Word, PowerPoint, and A*S*K Marketing & Entrepreneurship. Michelle has presented at numerous NC CTE conferences, managed FBLA conferences, and directed a summer STEM camp. She has a passion to encourage educators, equip her students with 21st century career skills, and build solid relationships with local community stakeholders.


From West Virginia…

Adam Feazell is in his eighth year of teaching in Putnam County, WV. He started his career as a technology integration specialist in the elementary and middle grade levels, then spent the next 4 years as a business education and special education teacher. The past two years he has worked as a business/marketing education teacher. Adam attended WVU Institute of Technology’s Community College where he received his AS in Accounting, and then attended Marshall University to earn a BS in Business Education. He obtained an MA in Multi-Category Special Education and an MA in Leadership Studies. When he started teaching, Adam served as a school advisor for both FLBA and DECA. This is Adam’s second year as the West Virginia DECA’s Chartered Association Advisor. 




From Michigan…

Jennifer Milke is a Marketing, Small Business, and Personal Finance teacher, as well as a DECA advisor at Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights, MI. Jennifer received her BS in secondary education from Central Michigan University and is vocationally certified in marketing and business. She received her Master’s in public administration with an emphasis in educational administration at the University of Michigan Flint. She became an International DECA Certified Trainer in 2012 and trained teachers at the the state and regional levels. She has been on the Michigan Marketing Educators (MME) Board since 2009, and served as the president and secretary. In 2010, Jennifer received the Dr. Jack T. Humbert New Professional of the Year Award. She was selected as a lead teacher for the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Marketing in Economics Curriculum Integration Grant administered through Berrien RESA. Her leadership resulted in the development of 45 lesson plans aligned to the State’s economics standards allowing teachers to grant state graduation credit through State Approved Marketing Education Programs.


From Kentucky…

Will Morgan is a national instructor for the High School of Business program and a retired Army Warrant Officer who specialized in budget management and managed a culturally diverse workforce of military and civilian employees. After the Army, Will worked in manufacturing, specializing in supply chain management, special projects operations, budget management and staffing large complex departments. Will later entered the world of academia as an instructor at Eastern High School (KY) and a part-time facilitator with University of Phoenix. Will has instructed courses ranging from web design, German language, critical thinking, finance and marketing, to action research. Will utilizes his educational background which includes a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral work in management, seeking personal and professional improvement while sharing with others. 



From Idaho…

Tami Perez is currently an online business and marketing teacher for Idaho Technical Career Academy in Meridian, Idaho and an adjunct professor at College of Southern Idaho. Tami earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Idaho State University and a Master of Education from the University of Idaho. The first 10 years of her career was in payroll and human resources for Idaho school districts. This is her 10th year in the classroom. Tami was the first High School of Business site in Idaho and spent six years at a project-based learning New Tech Network high school. She shares her love of PBL by training new teachers. Tami is currently an advisor for Business Professionals of America (BPA).




From Ohio…

Nadine Scott is a Marketing Instructor and DECA Advisor for the Penta Career Center at Oak Harbor High School in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Over the past twenty years, she has taught several courses and is currently teaching Digital Marketing, Integrated Marketing, Marketing Applications and Strategic Entrepreneurship. Mrs. Scott holds two bachelor’s degrees from Bowling Green State University in business and secondary education. She received her Master’s degree in business administration from Ashland University. Her work experience also includes eleven years in the financial services industry and teaching at a local community college. Nadine’s leadership roles include Ohio Marketing Education Association executive board where she has held the titles of membership chair and president. For the past ten years, Nadine has been a co-chair for DECA District 2 and has been instrumental in organizing several DECA events. She has also been a member of the MBA Research Teacher Advisory Network since July 2014. She has been a top-ten honored educator for Ottawa County on three separate occasions. In 2012, she received the Ohio ACTE Outstanding CTE Professional in Community Service. 

Thanks to all who participated in the 2019 Leadership Forum! Click here for the recap video on our YouTube channel. 

MBA Leadership Forum supports states in growing strong business administration education program. The goals of the event are as follows: 

  • Support local/state initiatives to develop a strong in-state leadership network that will foster the growth and development of business administration education in entrepreneurship, finance, management/administration, and marketing.
  • Nurture a better understanding of, and encourage the integration of, national business-validated standards research by MBA Research into local and state curricula
  • Encourage active engagement of the business community to encourage advocacy and partnering initiatives leading to the next generation of business leaders.
  • Further greater understanding of, and encourage local implementation of various initiatives, tools, and services of the MBA Research Consortium of states.
  • Encourage local/state networking, professional development, and leadership activities to support the growth and development of secondary business administration education, including enhanced secondary/college partnerships.


Working sessions to share issues, ideas, rationale, and strategies for:

  • Building exemplary CTE business and marketing education programs appropriate to the contemporary education environment through curricula, pedagogy, and proof of learning.
  • Aligning the work of the Consortium to meet the needs of both local and state Career-Tech business and marketing educators through review and analysis of the tools, services, and initiatives of the organization.
  • Planning in support of local/state leadership to generate advocacy and partnerships among various constituencies, including the business community, colleges, and administrators
  • Development of state action plans responsive to the outcomes and common agreements of the Forum

Click here for the 2019 Leadership Forum Agenda. 

Who should attend?

The MBA Leadership Forum is open to to state leaders and secondary educators with a documented leadership role supporting the growth and development of business and marketing education, including leadership roles in administration, relevant professional organizations, relevant student organizations, or relevant research, curriculum, or instructional design.  State leaders are encouraged to field, at minimum, a team to include at least one state program leader and two high school business/marketing teachers from different career clusters.  Additionally state program leaders may want to consider bringing:

  • Additional state program leaders
  • Local CTE directors with business/marketing responsibilities
  • Principals, assistant principals, or other administrators with supervisory responsibility for business/marketing programs
  • Additional high school business/marketing teachers interested in core business administration subjects (i.e., not solely focused on technology) with appropriate leadership experience either locally or statewide
  • Curriculum specialists
  • State business/marketing professional associations, including ACTE affiliates
  • State student organization board members 

College educators, including faculty or administrators who prepare future business/marketing teachers or who are are interested in growing a national standards-based partnership with secondary programs.  Likely participants:

  • Teacher educators
  • Deans or other administrators
  • Business administration faculty
  • Recruiting/Marketing personnel within business colleges
  • High School of Business™ college partners 

Application, Fees, and Registration


Applications will be reviewed and approved in the order received.  Applicants must document:

  1. Professional standing consistent with the examples above; include documentation of position or description of current or prior leadership role(s).
  2. Support of approving administrator (i.e., permission and funding to attend).
  3. Payment in full of registration fee (refundable without penalty until DEC 31; a 25% cancellation fee will be applied through January 10; 50% through January 17; no refunds after January 18).
  4. Agreement to participate actively in advance activities, including 8 - 10 hours of reading, interviews, webinars, or other activities to ensure rich dialogue on site.
  5. Agreement to participate fully in the entire Forum, arriving for the opening session and departing after the closing session.

Registration fee:  $495 (Member: $395), includes continental breakfast, Saturday lunch, reception, and all collateral materials. 


MBA Research 
1375 King Ave
Columbus, OH  43212
(800) 448-0398 

“The Leadership Forum allowed me to work on a common goal of Business and Marketing Education across state lines and build collaborative friendships to build our profession and brand.” --Matt Schneiderman, teacher, ID


Leadership Forum 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. Click here for a folder of all the pics from the 2019 Forum. 

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Ongoing, extensive research with business leaders nationwide results in learning standards and resources focused on the knowledge and skills students need in career and college.

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This means all course guides, test items, activities, projects, certifications-- everything— support students mastering standards.

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Want to give our resources a try?

We’d suggest starting with one of our lesson modules (LAPs). These ready-to-use lesson plans are each based on a single performance indicator. Every LAP includes student narrative, activities, assessments, discussion guides, video links, and more. Select a LAP from our library of hundreds, or choose from over 70 available for free through our work with the Daniels Fund High School Ethics Initiative.

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