Leadership Forum

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Annual Forum for State Leaders & Educators

The MBA Leadership Forum is an annual gathering designed to strengthen business education practices among educators and state education leaders.

Leadership Forum Goals

The MBA Leadership Forum was designed to:

  • Support local/state initiatives to develop a strong in-state leadership network that will foster the growth and development of business administration education in entrepreneurship, finance, management/administration, and marketing.
  • Nurture a better understanding of, and encourage the integration of, national business-validated standards research by MBA Research into local and state curricula.
  • Encourage active engagement of the business community to encourage advocacy and partnering initiatives leading to the next generation of business leaders.
  • Further greater understanding of, and encourage local implementation of, various initiatives, tools, and services of the MBA Research Consortium of states.
  • Encourage local/state networking, professional development, and leadership activities to support the growth and development of secondary business administration education, including enhanced secondary/college partnerships.

What Participants Do

During the MBA Leadership Forum, participants attend working sessions to share issues, ideas, rationale, and strategies for:

  • Building exemplary CTE business and marketing education programs appropriate to the contemporary education environment through curricula, pedagogy, and proof of learning.
  • Aligning the work of the Consortium to meet the needs of both local and state Career-Tech business and marketing educators through review and analysis of the tools, services, and initiatives of the organization.
  • Planning in support of local/state leadership to generate advocacy and partnerships among various constituencies, including the business community, colleges, and administrators
  • Development of state action plans responsive to the outcomes and common agreements of the Forum

Who Should Attend?

The MBA Leadership Forum is open to to state leaders and secondary educators with a documented leadership role supporting the growth and development of business and marketing education, including leadership roles in administration, relevant professional organizations, relevant student organizations, or relevant research, curriculum, or instructional design.

State leaders are encouraged to field, at minimum, a team to include at least one state program leader and two high school business/marketing teachers from different career clusters. Additionally, state program leaders may want to consider bringing:

  • Additional state program leaders
  • Local CTE directors with business/marketing responsibilities
  • Principals, assistant principals, or other administrators with supervisory responsibility for business/marketing programs
  • Additional high school business/marketing teachers interested in core business administration subjects (i.e., not solely focused on technology) with appropriate leadership experience either locally or statewide
  • Curriculum specialists
  • State business/marketing professional associations, including ACTE affiliates
  • State student organization board members
  • College educators, including faculty or administrators who prepare future business/marketing teachers or who are are interested in growing a national standards-based partnership with secondary programs. Likely participants:
    • Teacher educators
    • Deans or other administrators
    • Business administration faculty
    • Recruiting/Marketing personnel within business colleges
    • High School of Business™ college partners

Application, Fees, and Registration


Applications will be reviewed and approved in the order received. Applicants must document:

  1. Professional standing consistent with the examples above; include documentation of position or description of current or prior leadership role(s).
  2. Support of approving administrator (i.e., permission and funding to attend).
  3. Payment in full of registration fee (refundable without penalty until Dec. 31; a 25% cancellation fee will be applied through Jan. 10; 50% through Jan. 17; no refunds after Jan. 18).
  4. Agreement to participate actively in advance activities, including 8-10 hours of reading, interviews, webinars, or other activities to ensure rich dialogue on site.
  5. Agreement to participate fully in the entire Forum, arriving for the opening session and departing after the closing session.

The date for the next MBA Leadership Forum has not been determined.  

The Leadership Forum allowed me to work on a common goal of Business and Marketing Education across state lines and build collaborative friendships to build our profession and brand.

- Matt Schneiderman, teacher, ID

Get In Touch

Contact MBA Research for additional information on the Leadership Forum.