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When and where is Conclave?

October 16 - 18, 2020. The location has changed from Denver to an online, virtual event. 

What is Conclave and who should attend?

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.

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 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 computer or complete some type of advance preparation.

How many attendees are expected?

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 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?

Advanced 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 need 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?

Click here for CEU credit info. 

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!).  Click here for hotel info.

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!

How do I get the most out of Conclave?

What to do during the event:

  • Shut down from work (including checking emails)
  • Be flexible (attend sessions outside your industry)
  • After each session, note one thing you will do
  • Approach the speakers

What to do after the event:

  • Connect on social media with people you met (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn)
  • Present experience to your team at work (e.g. lunch & learn)

Endorsements from teachers?

Click here for teacher feedback, including video endorsements.

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