Conclave Curriculum & Teaching Conference

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

Conclave 2022

  • Minneapolis, MN; September 30–October 3, 2022
  • Hotel Reservations and Transportation (Coming Soon)
  • Registration and Fee Information (Coming Soon)
  • Program

    • Be a Presenter
    • Agenda (Coming Soon!)
      • Pre-Conference Workshops (Coming Soon)
      • Tours (Coming Soon)
      • The Celebration! Social Event
      • Speakers (Coming Soon)
        • Business Speakers (Coming Soon)
        • Education Speakers (Coming Soon)
    • Academic CEUs and Credits
  • Sponsors and Exhibitors
  • Speaker Materials
  • Conclave FAQ



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, 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, FBLA, and FCCLA 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

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.


Conclave 2022 will be in Minneapolis, MN; September 30–October 3, 2022.

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.

Hotel Reservations and Transportation – TBD

Registration and Fee Information – TBD


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 four 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 – Credentialing • E-Learning • Flipped Classroom • Integration of Soft Skills • Mentoring • Project Management • Project-Based Learning (PBL) • Student engagement • Work-Based Learning (WBL) • Strategies that work in middle school classrooms

The Power of Technology – Digital marketing • Social media • Integration of 21st Century Skills • There’s an app for that • Technology that works in middle school classrooms

Growing Your Program – Communication strategies • Unique partnerships between secondary/postsecondary/business and industry • Use of data for program management and improvement • Credentialing • Creating an Action Plan

Using MBA Research’s Resources – Understanding the National Standards • Learning Center • High School of Business • Developing a Course through Curriculum Builder • Ethics in the Classroom • Understanding a LAP • Best Practices for LAPs • Understanding ASK Exams

Call for Proposal Instructions

You must submit your proposal using the link below (coming soon!). 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 deadline for proposal submissions is June 30, 2022.

Coming Soon:

  • Agenda
  • Pre-Conference Workshops
  • Tours
  • Speaker Information
The Celebration! Social Event

The Celebration! social 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 after August 31
  • $59 for guests not registered for the conference

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 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.

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 local programs.

Many sponsorship opportunities are available.

  • 2022 Sponsorship Prospectus – available February 2022
  • Contact Tammy Cyrus at 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
    • FCCLA
  • Thought-leaders and trendsetters from 35–40 states
  • Attendance averages 200

Many thanks to our 2021 Conclave Sponsors!

Speaker Materials

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



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)


Kimberly Payne, Duluth Trading Co.
Culture and Comfort in the Workplace: How happy employees can affect the bottom line

Nikki (Jackson) Lanier, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Leading in Spite of: Honoring your Leadership Lens

Scot Duval, International Trademark Association (INTA)
Trademarks, Brands, and Intellectual Property: Protecting the “Real Deal” in a Counterfeit World

Stacey Yates, Louisville Tourism
The Making of Bourbon Country

Holly Atha and Rick Mangini, MBA Research
Business Trends Across America

Donald Lassere, Muhammad Ali Center
Be Great: Do Great Things—Living the Legacy of Muhammad Ali

Adam Lukoskie, National Retail Federation (NRF)
The Power of Retail: Building Skills and Careers


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

Kristie Larson and Tami Parr, American Royal
Mission Awareness Through Branding

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

Daniel Mack and John Williams, Kansas City Royals
The Result Is Worth Rooting For, But N!=1 (a.k.a. Can We Please Run it Twice?)

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

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?

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 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.