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The 2017 Conclave electronic program is now ready! Click here to access the app.

Friday, October 6 

7:30                 MBA Board Meeting 

8:00                 High School of Business: Principles of Finance     
                        High School of Business: HSB Refresher Training                 

8:30                 CFO Business Speaker 

9:00                 Hands-On! Workshops (9 AM - 12 PM):                             
                              W17-1 Resources and Strategies that Work!
                              W17-2 Ethics in Leadership Pilot Project
                              W17-3 The (Almost) New Learning Center

12:00               MBA Teacher Advisory Network Luncheon with MBA Board (by invitation) 

1:30                 MBA Teacher Advisory Network 
                        Hands-On! Workshops (9AM - 12 PM):
                             W17-5 Tech Tools to Make You a Superhero!
                             W17-6 Isn't a Successful Teacher Also a Good Project Manager?

5:00                  Opening General Session 

7:00                  The Celebration 

Saturday, October 7 

7:30                  DeepThink
                         MBA Research Consortium Breakfast Meeting 

8:00                  High School of Business: Principles of Finance 

8:30                  Concurrent Sessions

9:30                  Featured Presentation 

11:00                Concurrent Sessions

12:00                Networking Luncheon (Optional: Join an MBA Research Board Trustee)
                          HSB Luncheon 

1:00                  Concurrent Sessions

2:00                  Concurrent Sessions

2:45                  Break. Visit your favorite exhibitors

3:15                  Concurrent Sessions

4:15                  QuickStops

4:35                  QuickStops

4:55                  QuickStops

5:15                  PD Team Wrap-up (by invitation) 

Sunday, October 8 

7:30                  DeepThink 

8:00                  High School of Business: Business Economics
                         High School of Business: Business Strategies 

 8:30                 Concurrent Sessions

9:30                  Featured Presentation 

10:30                Break. Visit your favorite exhibitors

11:00                Concurrent Sessions

12:00                Networking Luncheon

1:00                  Concurrent Sessions

2:00                  Concurrent Sessions

2:45                  Break. Visit your favorite exhibitors

3:15                  Concurrent Sessions

4:15                  QuickStops

4:35                  QuickStops

4:55                  QuickStops

5:15                  PDTeam Wrap-up (by invitation) 

5:30                  Leadership Forum Follow Up (by invitation)

Monday, October 9 

7:00                  High School of Business: Business Economics
                         High School of Business: Business Strategies

7:30                  NASBE Wrap Session (breakfast, by invitation)

8:30                  QuickStops

8:50                  QuickStops

9:10                  QuickStops

9:30                  Break (Check out of hotel!)

10:00                MBA Research Consortium Meeting (by invitation)

10:00                Concurrent Sessions

11:00                Closing General Session 

Hands-On: Resources and Strategies That Work!

Friday, October 6, 9 AM - 12 PM

Looking for resources that are industry driven, teacher tested and student approved? Look no further than this session! Bring your computer as this will be a highly interactive workshop that will provide you with access to many free resources (and a couple that are very low cost). Looking for case studies, projects, lesson plans, assessments, support for your CTSO, SBE or WBL program? You will find this and more in this hands-on workshop led by Kim Guest and Jennifer Milke--experienced teachers and MBA PD Counselors. Participants will leave this Hands-On workshop with:

  • Resources to support program management and curriculum design
  • Instructional strategies that will engage students
  • Industry-driven resources to support teaching
  • Projects and case studies to support your curriculum

Kim Guest is currently a local CTE Director, marketing and accounting teacher, as well as a DECA advisor at Kearsley High School in Flint, MI. Kim has a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Administration with a concentration in CTE along with a Masters Degree in Education Technology.  She operates a Gold Certified SBE. Kim has served on the Michigan Marketing Educators (MME) Board for seven years, and is currently the president.  Kim was also a teacher leader for the Economics in Marketing initiative in the state. She has worked on various curriculum alignment projects and co-chairs the Michigan Summer Marketing Academy sponsored by MME. Kim has presented at numerous state and national conferences.

Jennifer Milke is a Marketing, Small Business, and Personal Finance teacher, as well as a DECA advisor at Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights, MI. Mrs. Milke received her BS in secondary education from Central Michigan University and is vocationally certified in marketing and business. She received her Master’s in public administration with an emphasis in educational administration at the University of Michigan Flint.

Hands-On: Ethics in Leadership Pilot Project

Friday, October 6, 9 AM - 12 PM

The time is now to teach ethical leadership.  Thanks to the Daniels Fund High School Ethics Initiative, course guides and LAP’s (learning modules) are free for teachers interested in expanding their curriculum or adding a new course.  Join teachers experienced in the use of the Daniels Fund materials as they share ideas on how to get district approval to offer an Ethical Leadership course, how to market the course, and where it can fit into your business administration program.  Tips and strategies will also be shared on how to integrate the lessons into currently taught courses.

Participants will leave with:

  • Tips and strategies for implementing the Ethical Leadership course
  • Sample lesson ideas
  • Access to digital downloads of course guides
  • Access to digital downloads of LAPs


Rachel Nelson Loupee has been a Business and Marketing teacher at Marshalltown High School in Marshalltown, Iowa since 2001. She currently teaches Financial Literacy, Principles of Business, Accounting, and Marketing. Rachel is excited to be able to offer the new course Ethical Leadership to her students starting this fall. She has always prided herself on the number of accountants her program has turned out, but she is now looking forward to helping create more ethical citizens of the business world. Rachel is just beginning her work at the state and national level after starting her family. Rachel has studied at Creighton University (BSBA Marketing '98), Buena Vista University (BA American/World History and Secondary Education '01), Iowa State University (Financial Planning coursework) and Viterbo University (MA Secondary Education '08). 

Hands-On: The (Almost) New Learning Center

Friday, October 6, 9 AM - 12 PM

Join experienced users of the new learning center and spend time setting up or improving your Learning Center.  Bring your computer because as you will create a course, import content into the course, import additional resources including videos, assignments, and assessments and learn some tips and tricks for making your life easier through the use of the Learning Center.  This workshop is designed for those who have access to the MBA Learning Center, powered by Canvas.

Tammy Cyrus is a Business and Marketing Education teacher at South Central High School (NC).  She has received her National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification, her Master of Arts in Business Education (MaED) and will graduate with a Master of Science in School Administration (MSA) this summer.  Her professional experiences include working as adjunct faculty at Pitt Community College, working as a consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, serving as Department Chairperson for the CTE Department, secretary of the School Improvement Team, mentoring beginning teachers, and working as a CTSO adviser for FBLA.

Lacee Manus is a Marketing Education teacher at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, NM. She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in Secondary Education. Lacee has served on the NM ACTE Board for the past 4 years as well as the NM DECA Board for the past 8 years.  After being elected as the NM DECA Teacher of the Year in 2013, Lacee also assisted in developing the Marketing Curriculum for NM Marketing teachers (with the help of MBA Research of course). 

Hands On: The Art of Questioning in the CTE Classroom


Hands On: Tech Tools to Make You a Superhero!

Friday, October 6, 1 PM - 4 PM

Learn and get hands on with a variety of technology tools…whether it's tackling VR or flipping the classroom, or using various tech tools or methods to make PBL projects more interactive and presentations more dynamic. BONUS: Feel free to bring your own tech tool to share with others as well! Prizes will be awarded to the best tech tool share. 

Snehal Bhakta worked in business and technology consulting for 15 years before entering education. When the opportunity presented itself for him to develop his own program at a Career & Tech Academy, he jumped at the opportunity to fuel his passion for helping others and working with tomorrow’s leaders. He started the DECA Chapter at West CTA and has served on Nevada DECA’s State Board of Trustees for the past 4 years. In his free time, Snehal enjoys watching movies, spending time with his daughter, and learning about anything related to technology.

Hands On: Isn’t a Successful Teacher Also a Good Project Manager?

Friday, October 6, 1 PM - 4 PM

Today the role of the teacher is to guide students to find answers on their own, to be a leader, manager, facilitator, and co-learner/coach. But what skills help teachers accomplish this? In this session, attendees will learn how project management skills can help them with their own projects and also make it easier to facilitate learning projects with their students. Is PBL part of your classroom? Project management makes PBL easier because it create a structure that helps both students and teacher keep projects on schedule so you can accomplish all of your learning objectives.

At this interactive session you will learn:

  • The connections between project management and CTE as a way to build career and college ready students
  • The PM phases and work-through phases using a sample project
  • The value that project management adds to project-based learning
  • Where to find high-value, no- or low-cost resources and training in managing learning projects
  • Strategies to help you implement project management into your programs


Diane Fromm is the Programs Manager for the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) and has responsibility for the development of global K-12 education programs, including resource development and strategic partnerships. Her prior roles include management of PMIEF’s scholarships, awards and grants programs. Her previous experience includes management positions in sales, marketing and education in the IT Industry including UNISYS, IBM and Shared Medical Services.

Start planning now! Every session is designed with the classroom teacher in mind! Take home specific, actionable ideas that can change how you do business in your own classrooms. Here’s what you’ll find at the 2017 Conclave:

Effective this date: 10/2/17  (TOPICS links below will be updated frequently until all slots are filled.)

  • Hands-On! Workshops: Roll up your sleeves and come ready to work! These Hands-On! sessions are offered in two flavors: 3 hour introductory workshops and in-depth full-day workshops. In either case, the goal will be to work through a specific topic so that you are ready to act on it when you get home. Here are the available TOPICS as of the date at the top of this page.
  • Concurrent Sessions: These are your traditional conference presentations where you’ll find a mix of 45-minute sessions presented by business executives, local entrepreneurs, and some of the nation’s leading business/marketing educators. EDUCATOR, BUSINESS, and KEYNOTE as of the date at the top of this page.
  • QuickStop Show and Tell Sessions: These QuickStop sessions (15-minutes each) are designed to send you home with a laundry list of actionable ideas. Sort of like a TED Talk, each QuickStop presenter is charged with sharing something of significant value while the clock ticks. TOPICS as of the date at the top of this page.


Along with senior executives from the business community, and a ton of “best-practice” teaching ideas, the MBA Conclave 2016 will feature a new Teacher- Leader Forum.  This special program track is targeted at local teachers who have accepted statewide leadership roles.  Together, we’ll work on strategies to better position business and marketing education in a very challenging STEM-oriented environment. 

Who should attend? The Teacher-Leader Forum is for association’s 2016-17 officers who are likely to remain in a leadership role in 2017-18.  Although states use different terms, the Forum is designed for officers of six key groups:

  • business education professional associations
  • business education division of the state’s ACTE affiliate
  • BPA/FBLA advisor boards
  • marketing education professional association
  • Marketing education division of the state’s ACTE affiliate
  • DECA advisor boards

Agenda:  The Teacher-Leader Forum will run concurrently with the regular MBA Conclave program (with an extended schedule).  The Forum will be a mix of presentations and working sessions, all focused on building a stronger presence for business and marketing programs through growth and development of our various professional associations.  Agenda details will be released beginning approximately April 1. 

Registration:  Please be certain to register specifically for the Teacher-Leader Forum, NOT for the regular MBA Conclave.  Your Forum registration WILL INCLUDE all regular MBA Conclave activities in addition to the special Forum agenda.  You will have the option to choose activities in each time slot throughout the conference.

Click here for more info about the Teacher-Leader Forum.

The Celebration! is an opportunity to network with other teachers and administrators from around the country as we celebrate all the hard work you do to ensure your students a bright future. The Celebration! will be held at Warehouse 23 on the Columbia River on Friday night of Conclave. Warehouse 23 is a local gathering spot for Vancouverians as it has dueling pianos and life-size game boards in the game room, including a life-size Scrabble game.

Ticket required: 

  • FREE with conference registration before August 31
  • $29 for conference registrants after August 31
  • $49 for guests not registered for the conference

NOTE: This event is very likely to sell out.  We strongly recommend early registration or advance purchase of tickets.

Waterfront Tours by the Port of Vancouver

Looking to bring real world examples to your Channel Management unit?  Want to learn more about the logistics and the economic impact of a port on the local community?  Join us on a tour of the Port of Vancouver and learn about channels of distribution and how those channels are managed as you hear what it takes to move product internationally by boat and train to reach businesses across the U.S. and in your hometown.  Attendees will leave this session with:
  • Data and facts about the economic impact of the shipping trade
  • Information and examples on logistics and supply-chain management
  • Ideas to incorporate into lessons, units, and courses

The Port of Vancouver USA is the 3rd largest and 3rd oldest port in the State of Washington. The tour will start at the Hilton Vancouver and proceed to the waterfront which is currently undergoing redevelopment by the port, City of Vancouver and Vancouver Waterfront LLC. Participants will then ride to the port’s main entrance for a tour of its grain facility (the tallest structures in Clark County) and depending on ship activity, will view steel slab, wood pulp, and metal shred. The tour then travels through the port’s mineral bulk facility, through the Subaru import yard and ends at the Terminal 5 loop track which can accommodate trains up to a mile and half long. The tour will begin and end at the Hilton Vancouver for a limited number of participants on both Friday, October 6, and Monday, October 9. The tour will start from the Hilton at 1:30 p.m. each day. Register early – space is very limited.