As an extension of the classroom, conferences and events enrich the CTE experience for DECA students. By attending conferences and events, student members are able to connect with business and industry professionals to hear information on what industry is demanding of students and hear updates on the latest innovations in their field, including technology.  Many DECA conferences also feature competitive events, allowing students to apply their classroom knowledge to real-world scenarios in their given career path.

United Fall Leadership Conference

November 13 & 14, 2022

Des Moines, IA

A once every four year conference with FBLA & BPA that promotes chapter leadership event featuring workshops and activities aimed at building high-quality business CTSO chapters.

District Career Development Conferences

First round of competitive event conferences held across three locations in Iowa. District Conferences are held in November, December and January. Official dates and locations will be announced at a later date.

State Career Development Conference

February 26 & 27, 2023 

Des Moines, IA

State level competitive event conference where students get to showcase the skills they’ve developed throughout the year with top students advancing to ICDC.

International Career Development Conference

April 22-25, 2023

Orlando, FL

Annual gathering of 20,000 student leaders for skill development, competitive events, and college and career connection.