2015 Emerging Leader Summit Recap

Hey Nevada DECA! What’ve you been up to in the long, hot days of summer? Ice cream, tanning and beaches? The State Officer Team has just returned from one of the best training’s available: the Emerging Leaders Summit, held in the capitol of our country, the center of leadership. Not only did the officers hear from incredible speakers, learn new techniques about leadership, and meet officers from across the nation, but they also met with your senators and representatives to advocate DECA and CTE-based learning. So you’re in for a treat this year: Team 55 is ready to bring you to success.

The conference started off with a warm welcome from the Executive Officer Team. Soon after, the members learned fun new ice breakers and energizers, networked with officers from DECA regions big and small, and the time flew. The activities lasted far into the night with DECA After Dark: an activity full of fun, small workshops. The conference participants were given the opportunity to learn about technology in leadership, DECA travel opportunities, how to run for executive office, and more. But the learning didn’t stop with workshops. Members also had the opportunity to learn proper manners at the etiquette luncheon the following day; did you know you have to butter bread piece by piece?

In between every lesson, participants had the opportunity to explore the incredible city of Washington D.C. They toured the Capitol, war memorials, many monuments, and the Smithsonians. Absorbing our history as a country was an amazing experience for all of the members and advisors in attendance.

Training ended with a memorable opportunity to apply the skills learned in meetings with the important officials representing our state. Your State Officer Team advocated for continued funding for this incredible organization we all love, and received great support. It was the perfect end to an amazing weekend.

We hope you’ve all had a fantastic summer and are as ready as us to jump into Nevada DECA’s 2015-16 year. This summit has taught what it means to be a leader, and the State Officers are more prepared than ever to bring each and every one of you an EPIC year ahead!