Conference Info

Conference Information

Interested in learning more about MBA Research Conclave: A Curriculum & Teaching Conference? Check out the following links:

CTSO connections: We’ve partnered with DECA and FBLA to deliver a phenomenal conference this fall!

Conference Goal

The goal of MBA Research 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 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) 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)

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.

Previous celebrations have featured live music, caricature artists, access to a museum, etc.

2024 announcement coming soon!

College Credit and CEUs

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.

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

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 FAQs

When and where is Conclave?

October 11-13, 2024 in Columbus, Ohio

Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 North High Street
Columbus OH 43215

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 well attended and often sell out depending on the size of the space. Sometimes there is a small additional fee for each workshop, depending on the costs of internet access or several other variables. These workshops differ from the regular conference seminars in that they are longer (most are 2 to 3 hours long) 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 nation’s 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 the 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 are included on both days of the conference. Lunch is often a boxed lunch or buffet or occasionally a sit-down meal with a featured speaker. The only dinner provided is at The Celebration! (A ticket is required to attend The Celebration!)

Can I workshop hop?

No, the pre-conference workshops are by registration only so you cannot hop from one workshop to the other. However, the actual conference will have several sessions offered during each time slot for you to choose from. You do not need to select a track and stick to it. We recommend reviewing the sessions offered and selecting those that you think are of greatest value to you.

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 materials?

Yes. After the conference, we will share any material the speakers provide us with on our website. You will be able to access and download for free!

What about endorsements from teachers?

Click here for teacher feedback, including video endorsements.

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This was an excellent opportunity to meet other business teachers from around the U.S. and the FBLA and DECA leaders. I loved hearing from business leaders as they spoke about their challenges and their wins—as well as their future goals. The sessions at Conclave provided a variety of resources I can take back to my high school classroom. Definitely the best PD I have attended that focused specifically on business teachers.

- Denise Hoffman (SD)