MBA Research Conclave: A Curriculum & Teaching Conference

MBA Research Conclave: A Curriculum & Teaching Conference

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

Registration is open!

Who Should Attend?

The national MBA Research Conclave: A Curriculum & 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

This 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

Conference Goal

The goal of MBA Research Conclave: A Curriculum & Teaching Conference 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.

Teacher feedback about MBA Research Conclave, including video endorsements.


Columbus, OH

MBA Research Conclave: A Curriculum & Teaching Conference has become the single most important conference attended by many business and marketing teachers. This three-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!

Hotel Reservations:

Hyatt Regency Columbus

All conference events will be held at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. A group rate is available for hotel reservations. Hotel reservations must be made by September 23, 2024, to receive the discounted group rate.

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Call for Proposals

Share your ideas, best practices, and strategies with educators nationwide.

The call for proposals is now open!

Submit Your Presentation Proposal

Proposal submission deadline is May 17, 2024.

Be a Presenter

MBA Research Conclave: A Curriculum & Teaching Conference aims 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 consider all high-quality proposals, but five focus areas for this year’s sessions are designed to fit the needs of secondary and postsecondary business and marketing instructors, CTE administrators, and state administrators. Focus areas include:

Teacher-to-Teacher Classroom Strategies to include one or more of the following:  Student credentialing • E-Learning • Flipped classroom • Integration of work-ready skills • Mentoring • Project Management • Project-Based Learning (PBL) • The middle school classroom • Student engagement • Work-Based Learning (WBL) • CTSOs • The post-Covid classroom • Using social media • Utilizing apps in the classroom • Innovative classroom techniques • AI in the classroom

Growing Your Program to include one or more of the following: Communication strategies • Unique partnerships between secondary/postsecondary • Use of data for program management and improvement • Teacher credentialing • Creating an Action Plan • Student recruitment • Building the pipeline from middle school • Branding/Marketing your program • Engaging business and industry • The changing classroom • Administrator/Counselor/Teacher collaborations

Using MBA Research’s Resources to include one or more of the following: Understanding the National Standards • Learning Center • High School of Business • Developing a Course through Curriculum Builder • Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative • Understanding a LAP • Best Practices for LAPs • A*S*K Certification Exams • Using our course guides • Middle School Career Exploration

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 • Middle School Ethical Leadership

High School of Businessto include one or more of the following:  Engaging business and industry • Effective steering teams • Developing strong articulation agreements • Strategies for Project-Based Learning (PBL) • Student recruitment • Learning Center strategies • Using data for HSB program promotion • The successful HSB student • Building your program around a School-Based Enterprise

The Celebration!

Our Social Event

The Celebration! is always a big hit during MBA Research 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.

2024 announcement coming soon!

College Credit and CEUs

College Credit. You can receive one college credit for attending MBA Research Conclave (for an additional cost). This is through Valley City State University (VCSU) in North Dakota.

Potential CEU Credit. You can document attendance for each session that you attend at MBA Research Conclave by completing the evaluation for each session and documenting your attendance in our MBA PD portal.

More information on college credit and potential CEU credit will be available in the conference registration packet and the conference app.

2024 Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops are available at no cost. Sign up for Pre-Conference Workshops when registering for Conclave.

Empowered: Engaging Students for Success in the Real World
Friday, October 11, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. − 12:00 p.m.

WARNING: Fun, engaging, hands-on PD session! Empowered focuses on helping you create an exciting, individualized classroom where learning is not just for the moment but for a lifetime. Students learn to think critically and build skills to create value for themselves and others with our Foundational Principles of success. Leave this session with activities to help establish your classroom culture and impact your classroom immediately!

HSB Teachers Only: Getting the Most Out of Your Learning Center
Friday, October 11, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. − 11:00 a.m.

The Learning Center is an integral part of the HSB curriculum. Spend time with us as we take a deep dive into the most pressing “how-to” requests that HSB teachers ask. Learn how to retrieve instructional materials, navigate the Learning Center platform, and learn what’s available to get the most out of the resources for you and your students. NOTE: You must have an active Learning Center account to participate in this workshop. This is a 2-hr workshop. Following the session, an additional hour will be available for FAQ, collaborating with other HSB teachers, or working one-on-one with the trainers.

Non-HSB Teachers Only: The Learning Center: Getting Started and Getting Your Questions Answered
Friday, October 11, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. − 11:00 a.m.

If you have not explored the Learning Center, now is the time. Whether you are a new teacher or a veteran teacher, the Learning Center provides numerous resources to integrate into your classroom. Come see how to set up a course, access topic-specific content, access the test item bank, and more! Also, bring your Learning Center questions to help troubleshoot issues and eliminate any obstacles you have in using this innovative resource. NOTE: An active Learning Center account is required to participate in this workshop. This is a 2-hr workshop. Following the session, an additional hour will be available for FAQ, collaborating with other teachers, or working one-on-one with the trainers.

2024 Pre-Conference Tour

Ohio Stadium VIP Tour: The Business of Being a Buckeye

Friday, October 11, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. − 11:00 a.m.

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the most recognizable landmarks in college athletics. We’ll learn about the history of Ohio Stadium and get an insider look at the operations (after all, college sports IS a business) of a major college venue.

Explore the hallowed grounds and walk the sidelines where college football history has been made. Visit the band center and rehearsal hall of TBDBIL (“The Best Damn Band in the Land”), the home team locker room, the president’s suite, and more, including one of the largest press boxes in all of football.

Following the tour, sit in on a dynamic presentation from one of the OSU athletic department officials. This is a can’t-miss opportunity when you are in Columbus for Conclave! Transportation provided.

Sign up for the Pre-Conference Tour ($55) at registration.

Business & Education Speakers

Presentations by business leaders and educators are a highlight of MBA Research 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: A Curriculum & Teaching Conference allows you 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.

Some of the best and brightest teachers and administrators nationwide attend MBA Research Conclave annually. 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 2024 Sponsorship Prospectus is now available. Click below to access it!

2024 Sponsorship Prospectus

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
  • The 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 MBA Research Conclave speaker materials, including educator presentations.



Michelle Lucero, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel, & Corporate Secretary, Children’s Hospital Colorado
Let’s Level Up
Presentation (PDF)

Carla Dore, CEO/President, Workplace Resource Colorado
Rachel Clark, COO, Workplace Resource Colorado
Creating Spaces for People, Planet, and Community Engagement
Presentation (PDF) and embedded videos: What’s it like working at WR? and Apprentice interview

Stephanie Hojan, President, Health Systems Informatics
Guiding Effective Business Intelligence Today

Mowa Haile, President & CEO, Sky Blue Builders
Connecting the Dots

Christin Crampton Day, Executive Director, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts
Why Art is Smart for Business
Presentation (PDF)

Averly Weiler, Owner/CEO, FreelyFit Coaching
From Business Student to Business Owner
Presentation (Canva)


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, Wonderment
Creative Thinking and Entrepreneurship
Presentation (PDF)

MBA Research Conclave FAQ

When and where is Conclave?

October 11-13, 2024 in Columbus, Ohio

What is Conclave and who should attend?

MBA Research 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 or complete some type of advance preparation.

How many attendees are expected?

MBA Research 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 Research 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?

Potential CEU credit is available by attending and documenting sessions. More information is available in the conference registration packet and the conference app.

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.