Conclave Curriculum & Teaching Conference

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The Premier Gathering for Business, Marketing, Finance, Management and Entrepreneurship Educators!



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 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, FBLA, or FCCLA) 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)

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.


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

Academic credit

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.

Teacher feedback about Conclave, including video endorsements.


Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis, Minnesota awaits your arrival!

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.

Make plans now to join us!
September 30 – October 3, 2022

Hotel Reservations:

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN  55403

Click here to make your hotel reservations and to take advantage of the group discount rate. The group discount rate is available through Monday, September 12, 2022.

(Individuals registering after September 12 can still reserve a room at our rate, but will need to call the Hyatt to do so.)

Registration is closed–We’ll see you next year!

Be a Presenter

The goal of Conclave is to provide teachers and administrators with a comprehensive overview of contemporary curricula, pedagogy, and program development strategies, including dialogue with leading educators and industry executives.

We will consider all high-quality proposals, but there are five 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, along with areas of interest, are:

Teacher-to-Teacher Classroom Strategies to include one or more of the following:  Credentialing • E-Learning • Flipped Classroom • Integration of Soft Skills • Mentoring • Project Management • Project-Based Learning (PBL) • Strategies that work in middle school classrooms • Student engagement • Work-Based Learning (WBL) • CTSOs

The Power of Technology to include one or more of the following: Digital marketing • Using social media • Integration of 21st Century Skills • There’s an app for that • Technology that works in middle school classrooms

Growing Your Program to include one or more of the following: Communication strategies • Unique partnerships between secondary/post-secondary/business and industry • Use of data for program management and improvement • Credentialing • Creating an Action Plan

Using MBA Research’s Resources to include one or more of the following: Understanding the National Standards • MBA Learning Center • High School of Business • Developing a Course through Curriculum Builder • Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative • Understanding a LAP • Best Practices for LAPS • Understanding ASK Exams

Teaching Principle-Based Ethics to include one or more of the following: Ethics in the Classroom • Best Practices for integrating ethics • Strategies to determine the impact on students • How to use different types of ethics-based resources • Using supplemental resources to integrate ethics

Call for Proposal Instructions

Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal.  The link for proposal submissions is now closed.

Presentation proposals are being accepted for Quick Stop and Concurrent Sessions.

  • Quick Stop Sessions are 20-minute sessions (a short presentation on an idea, resource, technology, etc.)
  • Concurrent Sessions are 50-minute sessions.

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 Tammy Cyrus, Director of Professional Development at


The Celebration! Social Event

The Celebration! is always a big hit during Conclave. It is a time that allows attendees, presenters, and MBA staff to come together to celebrate all the hard work you do to ensure students a bright future and a time of just plain fun! Come ready to have a great time!

Ticket required:

  • FREE with conference registration before August 31
  • $49 for conference registrants and guests not registered for the conference after August 31

NOTE: This event is very likely to sell out. We strongly recommend early registration or advance purchase of tickets.

Academic CEUs and Credits

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 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.

Pre-Conference Workshop

Navigating Our New Learning Center Course Guides


Pre-Conference Tour: Target Field (SOLD OUT!)

Pre-Conference Tour: Friday, September 30, 2022 
  • Depart Hotel for Target Field: 8:45 AM
  • Return to Hotel: 12:00 PM
In addition to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Minnesota Twins stadium, we’ll have a chance to chat with, and learn from, the “Team Behind the Team” that makes it all happen for the Twins! Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of how the Minnesota Twins use data both on and off the field, as well as the position that digital marketing plays on the team’s overall marketing strategy. Gather at 8:45 AM to depart the hotel for Target Field.
Post-Conference Tour: Mall of America (SOLD OUT!)

Post-Conference Tour: Monday, October 3, 2022 
  • Depart Hotel for Mall of America: 12:15 PM
  • Return to Hotel: 4:15 PM

Join us for a behind-the-scenes, educational tour of Mall of America. The nation’s largest retail and entertainment complex is celebrating its 30-year anniversary and we are eager to hear about recent strategic initiatives, past successes and failures, and its historical commitment to green design. This VIP Insider Tour will be led by a seasoned Mall of America executive. You will also get to hear details of the Mall’s most recently added business unit, MOA Press. The Mall of America VIP tour will provide attendees with an insider perspective on how businesses use intrapreneurship to develop new opportunities and revenue streams within their brands. Gather at 12:15 PM to depart the hotel for Mall of America.

Business & Education Speakers

Presentations by business leaders and educators are a highlight of Conclave. These sessions provide teachers with a window into current trends in the workplace and classroom-ready strategies that they can bring back to share with their students.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

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, some of 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 programs.

There are many sponsorship opportunities available. Our 2022 Sponsorship Prospectus provides a listing of the different sponsorship levels available for this year’s Conclave.  Contact Tammy Cyrus at for more information.

Who Attends?

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 across the country
  • Attendance averages 200

Speaker Materials

Visit State’s Connection for more Conclave speaker materials, including educator presentations.



Ty J. Tonander, Partner/VP, Brand Design, Ultra Creative
Ashley Junghans-Rutelonis, PhD, Founder of AJR & Co. Consulting and Bold Wellness
Moving Forward Together
Presentation (PDF)

Stephanie Emenyonu, Consultant, Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
Guided by Ethics: A Day in the Life of a Consultant

Mark Fritz, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Lakeshirts
A Detroit Lakes Success Story (and it’s not the Viking’s Adam Thielen)

Colin Eide, Senior Manager, E-Commerce – Category Lead, Best Buy
Best Buy and Electronics Shopping Trends Today

Shane Zutz, Vice President of Human Resources, Digi-Key Electronics
What Does Being Digital Mean?

Steve Lear, Founding Partner, Affiance Financial
Doug Lennick, CEO and Co-Founder, think2perform
A Teacher, Financial Planner, and Leadership Guru Walk Into a Bar…

Chase Rasmussen, President, KLN Family Brands
What It Means to Be a People First Company


Nancy Schuehler, Director of Fraud Strategy, Verizon
Do You Speak Digital Finance? 
Presentation (PDF)

Joe Saculles, Senior VP of Operational Initiatives, U.S. Bank 
The Future of Banking

Kelly Capatosto,DEI Author, Researcher, and Educator, Columbus, Ohio 
Centering Equity In Education
Session notes and additional resources
Presentation (PDF) 

Ohio State Athletics Digital Media Team
Pat Kindig, Associate AD of Digital Assets; Monique Bowman, Associate Director, Digital Media; Carson Reider, Assistant Director, Digital Media
Insightfully Incite: Ohio State Athletics Digital Media Voice
Presentation (web page) 
Additional Resources: (industry outlets and services OSU uses to stay up to date)

Gayle Saunders, APR, Founder and CEO, The Saunders PR Group
The Building of a Great Career 


Michael Baran, PhD, Senior Partner and Digital Solutions Lead
InQuest Consulting
To Create Inclusive Workplace Cultures, We Must Address Subtle Acts of Exclusion
Presentation (PDF)

Shonna Dorsey, MS, PMI-ACP, Senior Business Systems Consultant in Information Services
Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company 

Community Engagement to Strengthen Employees and Employers

Adam Lukoskie, Vice President
National Retail Federation Foundation

Survival of the Fittest: How Smart Retailers Thrive in a Pandemic

Glenn Elliott, Owner
Olo Mazi

Employees Are Your Best Marketing Tool

Joe Saculles, Senior Vice President of Operational Initiatives
U.S. Bank

Going Remote with Large Teams

Nicole Clevenger & Raygan Barrett, Co-Founders

Creative Thinking and Entrepreneurship
Presentation (PDF)

Conclave FAQ

When and where is Conclave?

September 30–October 3, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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 the 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?

Advance 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 have 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!).

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!

Endorsements from teachers?

Click here for teacher feedback, including video endorsements.