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2017 Conclave, Vancouver - Conference Evaluation Comments

  • "A great business education conference. The content shared benefits the areas that are taught in our business courses. Collaboration was always encouraged and embraced throughout each workshop I was a part of." -Sydney Kobza, Business, Marketing and Management Career Field Specialist Nebraska Department of Education.
  • "I left the Conclave inspired to teach again!!" -Christie Woods, Kansas
  • "This conference will meet all your business/marketing professional development needs! Information and activities that you can take immediately back to the classroom and implement!" -Terry Ertman, NV
  • Conclave has been so beneficial for me both as a teacher and as a state administrator. It is a gathering of the the best in our profession and we are given the opportunity to learn from each other. It is awesome to be with a group that all have the same common goal to provide the best in business and marketing education."
  • "Conclave is one of the most organized and informative conferences I have the opportunity of attending annually in my position as Business & Marketing Program Supervisor."
  • "MBA Conclave was a great opportunity to discuss what is happening across the nation in business and marketing education!" -Marcia Pedersen, WA
  • "Great opportunity to meet teachers from around the country and their best practices!"
  • "As a first-time attendee of the MBA Research Conclave, I was very pleased with the quality of breakout sessions that related directly to my teaching area. In addition, I learned about the resources available through the MBA Research website and had opportunities to access those resources with the help of MBA Research staff." - Andrea Long, Oklahoma
  • "Learning what is best for students in the world of work is the best learning an educator can take away from Conclave!"
  • "While many claim to have an outstanding conference the MBA Conclave truly was planned with the participant in mind. From opening to closing all presentations were focused on ways to improve my experiences as an educator."
  • "Conclave is the best professional development you can do for yourself. It's like an infomercial - you keep getting more and more for the same registration price."
  • "Thank you for the opportunity to learn and share with other professionals!"
  • "THIS was unlike any other marketing & business conference I've EVER attended. As a Plan 2 Marketing teacher coming from industry to the classroom, it was a refreshing reminder of the evolving world that awaits us each day & that we need professional development to help us reach our goals."
  • "MBA Conclave changed my life. The Keynote speakers and sessions were wonderful and they have given me extensive tools and insights that will be with me for the rest of my life no matter which careers or experiences I will pursue. I now believe that I can truly make a difference in the world." -Amelia Barbre-Strayer
  • "Hands down, this is the best conference I have ever attended. I came home energized, overflowing with ideas, and anxious to share my learning and experiences with others!"
  • "DON'T GO TO THIS CONFERENCE....unless you want your teachers to be the most effective teachers in the classroom. Learn the best techniques, what's trending, and ways to yield the highest level of results from students." -Kathy Frommer, Arizona State DECA Advisor
  • "The size of the conference was great and the sessions were amazing."
  • "MBA Conclave 2017 in Vancouver, WA was a great professional development activity; I would absolutely attend it again. I learned things that will make me a better teacher and gained valuable tools that will enhance my students' experiences in my classes. It was nice to be treated as a professional and to travel without students for a change! I came back refreshed and ready to implement new ideas with my high school classes."
  • "I loved this years Conclave, I have learned many new things that I can immediately add to my teaching toolbox."
  • "I can always count on MBA to deliver quality speakers and professional development opportunities at the National Conclave. This conference is one of best for business and marketing educators."
  • "MBA Conclave provides actionable professional development in a positive, engaging environment!" -Lisa Whitling, Prairie High School (WA)
  • "I really loved all the sessions I went to! They were very helpful and beneficial to me!"

2016 Conclave, Mobile - Conference Evaluation Comments

  • Sessions were very real world and I am able to use the information gathered tomorrow!
  • Seemed to run seamlessly.
  • Loved the new online program - made it easier to choose and evaluate the sessions that best fit my needs
  • Found ways through presentations to better my classes
  • MBA Conclave is an exceptional professional development opportunity for high school and CTE business and marketing teachers! An enormous wealth of practical, usable course content and teacher applications are offered by both educational and industry leaders from across the US. The networking opportunities alone are invaluable. It is very encouraging and informative to be able to dialog about what is happening in classrooms like mine across the country! I appreciate MBA Research and the industry fed curriculum and great customer support they offer! Thanks for hosting this amazing conference!
  • Conclave is a premier event that brings business, industry and education together. It allows collaboration that makes education relevant for students.
  • The only conference focused on Business Administration programs and features sessions from businesses in area. Hearing directly from business professionals about what is happening across the country is crucial to our profession.
  • Conclave is a very valuable and practical conference for business and marketing teachers as well as instructional leaders in this area. Every time I attend this conference I walk away with great resources for the classroom and CTSO! The materials within this organization and their curriculum would take any teacher in business and marketing to the next level!!! -Carol Von Tersch (IA)

2014 Conclave, Cincinnati

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2012 Conclave, Denver - Conference Evaluation Comments

How does this conference compare with others you’ve attended?

  • I learned so much and took away tons of useful information
  • Excellent topics, knowledgeable presenters, inspiring keynotes
  • Among the top – organization, content, quality of presenters and of attendees.
  • Very good, well-organized
  • Already is (number 1)
  • Excellent speakers and sessions.  They were valuable lessons.
  • I would attend every year if I cold afford to.  My school district won’t pay…

How were the speakers from industry?

  • Most were really good.
  • Chipotle and Red Robin were terrific.
  • Excellent – industry perspective is lacking in many educational settings.
  • Fascinating, candid, inspiring
  • Excellent, relevant material
  • Very good.  It is nice to have speakers that are current and up-to-date.
  • Focus on marketing and business

How were the speakers from education?

  • Awesome ideas
  • Very knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful.
  • Solid – great ideas to take home and use
  • Good.
  • Standards-based grading information was great – maybe add a more detailed session on getting started
  • Like having examples to share
  • Loved the behavioral interview guy – it updated my standards
  • Good preparation and good lessons –some cutting edge.

What did you think of The Celebration?

  • Food was excellent; gambling/music was fun.
  • Heard it was great! Chose to stay back – tired!
  • Loved it!  The casino, the food, the views were fabulous

Other comments:

  • Best: The information and ideas
  • Best: What I left knowing
  • Best:  Contacts made
  • Best:  Networking (3)
  • Best:  Keynotes, business speakers
  • Best: New format for sessions and breaks were good
  • Best:  the tight schedule with lots of offerings.

Do better:

  • Make it more family friendly
  • Lower the price – you should be able to do this conference for under $200
  • Some of the sessions could have run longer.  It seems like time was short and we were rushed at the end with no real time for questions without being late (for next session).
  • More technology in classroom sessions;  sites to use and ideas on how
  • Smartboard session
  • More CTSO how-to sessions
  • Create both introductory and advanced sessions on some topics
  • Share best of High School of Business concepts for those of us who can’t join the program itself
  • Give us a lunch break without a speaker or roundtable.
  • Drop the 4:30 session – too late in the day
  • Not sure if anything should be improved

Conclave 2012 was an exceptional opportunity to share ideas, gain insight, and make contacts.  It was worth the price!  This was a great conference.  I enjoyed everything.
Everett Vaughan, Colorado
July 2012
Conclave is always the highlight of the year for me as an educator. I was thrilled that Colorado had the honor of hosting this past year’s Conclave. I have heard nothing but great things from those that attended. I would highly recommend for states to look at the possibility of hosting a conference of this kind. Opportunities for building relationships with business and industry from your home state will be overwhelming, as well as the contacts made through your fellow educators from across the country. To top it off  the HSB training has provided my teachers with the energy to look forward to the coming school year. My teachers loved it! Thank you to MBA Research staff for the numerous hours that went into the organizing and implementation of this conference.
Laurie Urich, Colorado
July 2012
2012 was my first Conclave; it certainly won’t be my last!  This workshop has great value for counselors and administrators as well!
Kristi Enter, Idaho
June 2012
This is not your standard education conference.  This conference provides opportunities to hear directly from businesses – name recognized companies to entrepreneurs.  The biggest take away is learning what is going on in today’s companies – how they over come challenges, marketing practices and the changes in the market place.  Additionally, you get a good handle on standards and the connection to curriculum as well as student organized events – you learn the system!
Melissa Scott, Nevada
June 2012
Conclave is the only totally uninterrupted time I get to really “think about”, network, and work on my program.  Everyone wants to keep up to date and do the best for their students and this is the place I get re-energized.
Sherril Daniels, Oregon
June 2012
This was the best conference that I have ever attended. Everything was just for business/marketing teachers, so there was not anything that did not pertain to me. I now have more ideas than I could ever use. It was definitely money well spent!  
Chrissy Burke, Alabama
July 16, 2010

Overall Conclave was a great experience and I learned a lot. My only regret was my school did not allow me to attend but two sessions and there were others I would love to have attended. It would be great to have LAP, PBL and GoVenture as a teaching resource for my classroom, however, with all the budget cuts, I cannot afford the programs.
Marlena Burrus, Virginia
July 12, 2010

MBA Conclave is a MUST for all Marketing Instructors who wish to stay up on the latest developments in their career and provide the best possible instruction for their students. This is a conference every teacher should attend - yearly!
Don R. Ide,  Washington
June 29, 2010

The information obtained about the Google applications was great; I wish there were more sessions. Also, the sessions where teachers explained how they planned and executed a specific event were very helpful.  The Kodak presentation was excellent; great representation of a successful entrepreneur and how the business has grown and changed with technology.
Cheryl Niedzwiecki, Vermont
July 12, 2010

Conclave provided materials and information that I can directly use in my curriculum.
Anonymous, Ohio
June 27, 2010

The workshop sessions, speakers, accommodations are really first class and a must for any educator passionate about his/her profession. The Conclave has really given me inspiration for coming up with new ideas in the classroom in the Fall!
Cindy Mennig, Wisconsin
June 26, 2010

It was definitely worth attending, however for $359, the planners should consider opting for slightly better menu. :-)
Rhonda Johnson, Georgia
June 26, 2010

Top-notch presenters provided excellent information.
Candy Stanley, West Virginia
June 25, 2010

This was a great conference that included something not just for my Marketing class but for all business classes that I currently teach. The resources I received will help improve my marketing strategics and assist coaches at my school with Sports Marketing strategics
Julia Ruffin, Louisiana
June 25, 2010

This was one to the best conferences I have attended, sessions were very good and very relevant to what I teach.
Eugene Pennison,  Louisiana
June 25, 2010

MBA Research's annual Conclave is exceptional in relation to the business speakers (who gear their presentations directly to current business and marketing issues/trends) and the educational presenters. Whether the attendees were Career Tech administrators or business/marketing teachers, I heard nothing but great comments about the "take away." I can rely on Conclave to be substantive, not "fluffy."
Linda Smith,  Georgia
June 25, 2010

Conclave provided relevant information that I can use in what I do. Dynamic presenters, too!
Candy Stanley, West Virginia
August 26, 2010

As a new marketing teacher, I found Conclave to be an invaluable tool. I would highly recommend Conclave to all marketing teachers.
Ashley W. Kieffer, Georgia
August 18, 2010

The conclave provided excellent opportunities to network and attend sessions which provided outstanding materials that could be used in the classroom.
Timothy Bufford, Georgia
August 17, 2010

The Conclave had the latest and best practices from schools throughout our county. I had a great experience at the Conclave in Atlanta.  
Sherry Baggott,  Georgia
July 21, 2010

The Conclave Conference has always met and exceeded my expectations. The social networking, keynotes, and sessions have been educational and informative. I return home with many ideas and techniques that are a huge success in my classroom.
Deanna L. Canterbury-Penn, West Virginia
July 20, 2010

Entrepreneurship Conclave is an excellent conference to attend in that you are put in contact with people with a specific focus. Some of the presenters have had failures along with their successes and this is important to deal with the risk of starting your own business.
Charlie Tucker, Georgia
July 18, 2010

I found Conclave to be very motivating with good ideas to take back to the classroom. It is always good to share ideas with your peers.
Kay Rothschild, Illinois
July 15, 2010

I had a good time and learned of several ideas for use in my class.
Isom Weems, Georgia
July 15, 2010

Walked away with project ideas and technology aids.
Anonymous, Ohio
July 13, 2010
This was a fabulous experience.  I enjoyed all of the sharing and tips I received over the three-day period.  I am sure to make it again each year.
Vishaun Ezell, Michigan
June, 2010

The Conclave provided me the opportunity to collaborate with business and marketing teacher from around the U.S.  It was great to hear about innovative ideas that have not been introduced here.  National perspective is necessary for our state to maintain its great reputation as a “future thinking” education district.
Lane Tomey, North Carolina
June, 2010

With its combination of industry and educational workshops, the Conclave gave me the opportunity to attend a conference that was focused (specifically) on my needs with current information.
Tim Bufford, Georgia
June, 2010

Showcase your program and your expertise by submitting a proposal to present at Conclave. 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. 

Topics of interest for 2018
All session topics will be considered but there are seven focus areas for sessions this year - designed to fit the needs of secondary and postsecondary business and marketing instructors, CTE administrators, and state administrators. The focus areas are:

  • Instruction (including elearning, flipped classrooms, project-based learning, substantive projects, project management, and integrated technology)
  • Positioning and communication strategies
  • Unique partnerships between secondary/postsecondary/business and industry
  • Use of data for program management and improvement
  • Integration of and support for 21st Century Skills
  • Student engagement strategies
  • Credentialing

Types of sessions/Travel stipend
There are several different types of sessions and each offers a stipend to help cover part of your cost of participating. Stipends are available only to individuals registered for the conference and registered at the conference hotel (local presenters excepted). (You may earn stipends for up to three different activities.)


  • 2 1/2-hour hands-on workshops ($250*)
  • 6-hour hands-on workshop ($400)
  • Concurrent 45-minute sessions ($150*)
  • QuickStop 20-minute show and tell ($50*)
  • DeepThink Roundtable (90-minute) facilitator/presenter ($150*)

*For repeated sessions (same topic), the stipend is 50%.

How to apply
The person submitting the form will be the contact for all presenters of the session. Educational presenters must be registered for Conclave. If you have specific questions regarding your presentation, please contact Brenda Clark, MBA Research President/CEO, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You will receive confirmation of your presentation within five business days of your submission.  All proposals submitted before May 1st will be considered. Submissions between May 1 and August 1 will be considered on availability basis.
Click here for the Conclave 2018 Presenter Form


Don't need transcribed, university academic credits, but want documentation to meet continuing education requirements? All Conclave registrants will receive documentation of participation INCLUDING documentation of specific sessions attended. It's free, but here's the catch: We can document your participation only if you submit the appropriate survey for each session. Here's how it works: 

  • Attend session at Conclave (and be sure to remember its name).
  • On the electronic program (app), under each session's description, there will be a link to the survey for that session.
  • Click on that link to open the survey.
  • Complete survey and click "Done."
  • On the next page, you will receive a confirmation that your survey was submitted and a code for that session.
  • Click the link provided in your confirmation and enter your code (one code per session).
  • Be sure to use the same email address for each code that you enter. Your CEU confirmations will be emailed to you at that address. **CEUs are organized by email address in our system, so using multiple email addresses will cause you to have multiple entries in our database with difference CEU credits in each. 

The Premier Gathering of Business, Marketing, Finance, Entrepreneurship, & Management Educators 

MBA Research Conclave provides you with the opportunity to interact with  business and marketing teacher leaders, state supervisors, and others interested in teaching business and marketing education at the secondary and postsecondary levels.

Each year, the best and brightest teachers and administrators nationwide attend Conclave. While it is a smaller conference, you will have the chance to impact approximately 200 decision makers from across the country—state and local supervisors who influence purchasing, and business and marketing teachers who make purchasing decisions for their local programs.

Many sponsorship opportunities are available. 

  • View Sponsorship Prospectus
  • Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 614-486-6708 x211 for information


State supervisors (30+ states annually) and lead teachers of business and marketing: 

  • 150+ teachers who are engaged at the state and national levels
  • Majority are CTSO Advisors
    • BPA
    • FBLA
    • DECA
  • Thought-leaders and trendsetters from 35–40 states 
  • Attendance averages 200



Featured Session, Saturday
Donna Deeds, Kauffman Foundation
The Two Cups of Coffee Challenge: Building Bridges with Business and Industry

Featured Session, Sunday
Danny O'Neill, The Roasterie
Growing Globally, Roasting Locally: Reflections of Bean Baron

Closing Session
Steve Weaver, The Candle Lab
The New Age of Business Is Now

Charles King, Evergy
Handle with Care: Customer Service in the Age of Data Breaches

Heather Miller and Erica Hart, EVERFI
Breaking Barriers for your Students through Financial Education
“Teacher, how do I become a...?” Inspire your students to pursue STEM and entrepreneurship careers
Quick Start Quide
All Course One-Pager

McKenzie Humann, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
The Federal Reserve Tour

Ryan Hogue, Kansas Speedway
Marketing at 200 MPH!!

Breeze Richardson, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Marketing Communications: Fifty Ways to Tell Your Story
Presentation Notes


Snehal Bhakta, Clark County Schools (NV)
Building a Successful CTE Business Program
How Can We Jump on the STEM Rocket!?!?
To VR or AR or Not?

Nina Merget, Harrison High School (MI)
How Improv Training Addresses the Soft Skills Gap

Gabriel Silva, East Career & Technical Academy (NV)
Kristen Stuart, West Career and Technical Academy (NV)
Time Management for Teachers/CTSO Advisors

Christopher Young, DECA
DECA’s Competitive Events Framework
DECA's Competitive Events Update
DECA’s New Integrated Marketing Campaign Events


Lisa Berkey, VP, Strategic Communications
The Why & How of High School of Business

April Miller, VP, Product Development
Doing What's Right in the Real World
Need Certifications? Just A*S*K!


Be Even Better at What You Do: Free Educational Technology Tools That Will Increase Student Learning and Teacher Productivity
Presented by Rachel Kahly, Branch Manager, Office of CTE, Kentucky

Behind the Scenes of Vancouver's Waterfront Makeover
Presented by Jonathan Eder, Director of Human Resources for the Port of Vancouver USA

Best Practices - LAPs
Presented by Tammy Cyrus, South Central High School (NC), MBA Research PD Counselor 

Beyond the Stage
Presented by Christopher Young, DECA High School Division Director
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Breakout Into Critical Thinking Skills
Presented by Nina Merget, Harrison High School (MI)

Business, STEM, and Entrepreneurship - We All Need Each Other
Presented by Shashi Jain, IoT Innovation Manager at Intel Corporation

DECA's New Entrepreneurship Events
Presented by Christopher Young, DECA High School Division Director

DECA's Prepared Presentation Topics
Presented by Christopher Young, DECA High School Division Director

Do You Have the Right Stuff to Engage Your Business Community
Presented by Beth Osteen, VP, Research & Development, MBA Research

Engaging Online Learners
Presented by Marcia Pedersen, Bellingham Technical College
Student Engagement Bibliography

Ethics Training Through Analytical Projects
Presented by Nathan Knottingham, The Knowledge Coop

Evolving Strategies for Teaching and Learning in an Era of Innovation
Presented by Meredith Goddard, Five Years In

Game-Changing Strategies for Significant Enrollment, Retention, & Performance Results
Presented by Mark Perna, Founder and CEO of Tools for Schools (TFS)

Global Competence for CTE
Presented by Patricia LeCompte, Monroe Career & Technical Institute (PA)
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Hands-On: The (Almost) New Learning Center
Presented by Lacee Manus and Tammy Cyrus, MBA Research PD Counselors

Hide and Go Speak: Helping Those Around You Find Their True Voices
Presented by Frank Tate
Presentation (PDF)
Presentation (PowerPoint)

I'm a Techaholic: SeeSaw App
Digital Portfolios For Any Classroom
Presented by Tammy Cyrus, South Central High School (NC), MBA Research PD Counselor 

Intrapreneurship: Applying Entrepreneurial Skills to Succeed Within Organizational Structures
Presented by Vera Sell

Isn't a Successful Teacher Also a Good Project Manager?
Presented by Diane Fromm, PMI Educational Foundation

MBA Accreditation: Here's Your Map for Building Exemplary Programs
Presented by Lisa Berkey, Director of Benchmark Programs, MBA Research, and Rick Mangini, Director of Accreditation, MBA Research 

Micro-credentials? Certifications? Proof of Learning? What's the Fuss?
Presented by Elizabeth Mosher, MBA Research PD Counselor

New? This is Your Place
An Introduction to MBA Research and Curriculum Center
Presented by Rick Mangini, Director of Accreditation, MBA Research

Pitch Perfect!
Presented by Dave Barcos, The Bridge Incubator

Principles of Finance - Investing
Presented by David Young, Radiant Senior Living, Inc.

Programs of Study: Changing the Conversation
An Introduction to Programs of Study
Presented by April Miller, VP, Instructional Design, MBA Research

Programs of Study: Get with the Program
Factors to Consider When Building a Program of Study
Presented by April Miller, VP, Instructional Design, MBA Research

Putting the Web to Work for Academic Integration
Presented by Beth Osteen, VP, Research & Development, MBA Research

Understanding and Managing Generational Differences in the Workplace: Helping Students Prepare for What Is in Store for Them
Presented by Alan Cabelly, Portland State University (OR). Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Website:
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Use Data (Today!) to Justify Your Program
Presented by Lisa Berkey, Director of Benchmark Programs, MBA Research

What People Want from Work - Top Trends Influencing Employer Strategies
Presented by Suzi Alligood

The Why & How of High School of Business
Presented by Lisa Berkey, Director of Benchmark Programs, MBA Research

How Can the National Business Administration Standards Help You?
Presented by Beth Osteen, VP, Research & Development, MBA Research

Your 7th Sense Together at Work and School
Presented by Brandon Pelissero and Rhace Smith of Ecolink Inc. (Tucker, GA) and Kari Palmer from Sequoyah High School (Canton, GA)
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