Some 18,000 high school students will convene at the Anaheim Convention Center for DECA's annual International Career Development Conference held April 24–29, 2017. Students will compete in role-plays, case studies and prepared business presentations in some 60 event categories. The organization needs Orange County business professionals to serve as the evaluators of these events. Professional evaluators are critical to the process as they give the "real world" assessment that is critical to assess the students' preparedness for college and career success. Judge training is provided on-site the day of the event.
If you are a business professional who would like to help prepare our country's next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs, please register online or contact Emily_Rogers@DECA.org or at (703) 860-5000.
DECA's members will pump more than $18 million into the area economy during the conferences. More than 1 million square feet of convention center space will be used; 30,000 hotel room nights will be reserved; 15,000 tickets to area attractions will be purchased; 250,000 meals will be served and countless souvenirs will be purchased.
DECA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. For more information on DECA please visit their web or social media sites.
Quotes from Past DECA Judges
"Over the past 29 years I have followed the foundation concepts of social responsibility and have contributed back in many ways. Some of my most memorable experiences have been as a judge or mentor at local and international DECA events. To me everyone in business should do the same. Give back by shaping tomorrow's business leaders today." Daniel Pacheco, Owner Daniel Pacheco Counseling
"Judging the DECA conference was an enjoyable experience and a great way to serve the community. The high school students that participated in these events all tried very hard, were extremely bright, and I was impressed with the presentation and thought process of several groups that came through my judging station." Jennifer Love, Research Director KSL Television Sales
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