If this will be your first experience with Conclave, you’re likely to find all of the options and details a bit overwhelming. Here are some tips to help make the process a bit easier.
About MBA Conclave
What is Conclave? 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.
Although every situation is different, we’ve provided some information for preparing your travel proposal. As you prepare to make your request, use our example to help document your own proposal. Be sure to emphasize that Conclave is specifically designed to provide take-home value that will help you build the most effective program possible. ALSO, note that this conference meets guidelines in most states for use of Perkins funding. AND, don’t overlook the possibility of getting some or all of your expenses funded by local companies. Many national and regional companies welcome the opportunity to support their schools.
When to arrive
Most teachers will arrive on either Thursday or Friday. There is one full day of pre-conference activities on Friday including hands-on workshops and The Celebration! that are heavily attended. The workshops are often an additional fee and require pre-registration; however, some spots may be available for purchase on site but not guaranteed. These activities begin early, so most participants arrive the night before. Depending on the venue, there may be social activities planned on Thursday. Consortium representatives and state/local supervisors have special programming at Conclave. Before you make travel plans, be sure to check the master schedule to be certain you have all meetings on your list.
When to leave
Most teachers stay through Monday, planning their return travel late Monday or on Tuesday. (Locals typically leave Monday evening or Tuesday morning.) Depending on the venue, there are often tours/field trips and other events planned for Tuesday morning and early afternoon.
From the airport
Getting from the airport to the conference is different each year. Please check the travel/transportation page.
Everyone starts with the basic registration fee. If you work in an MBA Research member state, use the member rate. (In most cases, the basic member rate is $389.) Participants from member states pay less because the state has paid a membership fee that helps cover part of the conference costs. Your basic registration covers most conference-wide activities from Friday to Monday, including:
- Breakfast and lunch Saturday and Sunday
- All seminars, DeepThink roundtables, QuickStop Show and Tell, and featured speakers
- Friday night social (The Celebration!) IF registration is received by August 31.
Before you complete your registration, be certain to check the many value-added options that are available. First-time participants often overlook the heavily-attended pre- and post-conference workshops. For very little added cost, these optional activities add a great deal of value for most teachers.
Nearly everyone attends The Celebration! on Friday evening. It’s a fun evening and a great opportunity to meet your colleagues from throughout the nation. Different each year, The Celebration! features food, drink, music, and entertainment. It’s usually in a fun, interesting venue that takes advantage of the city we’re in. Best of all, it’s free IF you register for Conclave on or before August 31. Visit The Celebration! page for a description of this year’s event (usually announced in early January) and for information on costs for spouse and friends.
In addition to the basic conference, we offer value-added workshops. Most of these occur on Friday, although in some years they are offered on Monday or other days, as well. 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, some are all day) 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.
Our conference registration desk doubles as our Conclave customer service desk. Stop by any time with questions or ideas. Be sure to check the master schedule for additional scheduling details, including the Thursday evening orientation session for first-time participants.
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