Northwood University Collegiate DECA Takes on #CDECAICDC in Anaheim, CA

DECA team photo in professional attireOver the past year, Northwood University’s Collegiate DECA chapter made an impressive impact on their competition journey.  This journey began in February with 30 students competing in Grand Rapids, MI at the State Career Development Conference. In April, 13 students had the incredible opportunity to travel to Anaheim, California to compete at the Collegiate International Career Development Conference.  Our members were extremely grateful for the McIntyre Entrepreneurship Experience for sponsoring this trip.

The Collegiate International Career Development Conference gives members the opportunity to grow personally and professionally by focusing on leadership development, community involvement and competitive events. While attending the conference, our members took advantage of the amazing networking opportunities, various competitions, and exploring Anaheim.DECA Members with their awards

During opening session, Northwood University had five students who were recognized for their impressive leadership within the chapter over the year.  The Leadership Passport Program recognized members who excelled at building personal and professional skills around competence, innovation, integrity and teamwork.  Allison Brown, Taryn Cornman, Ashley Hendley, Amanda Schmidt and Joseph Walsh received this award.

Allison Brown, Ashley Hendley and Samantha Paul were selected to serve on the #CDECAICDC Social Media Team.  These three members stayed active on their social media accounts throughout the conference to share with members active updates on the conference and their experiences.  They also wrote multiple articles for DECA Direct that were published throughout the conference.  These articles varied on topics from their competitions, networking opportunities, exploring Anaheim, keynote speakers and multiple other things that they experienced throughout the conference.

DECA members working on a group projectAs emerging leaders, our members took advantage of the Leadership Training that was offered at the conference. This training provided members with materials to grow their DECA experiences and provided them with resources to bring back to the chapter.  They worked on team building, communication, networking, and various leadership concepts.

Taryn Cornman was nominated and ran for Executive Office for Collegiate DECA.  Her campaign was supported by multiple chapter members and allowed them to network with different members throughout the organization.DECA Team Member Taryn behind her campaign table

The 13 outstanding competitors were given the opportunity to take what they have learned at Northwood University and apply it into their perspective competitions.  Their competitive events varied from business simulations to prepared business plans that were judged by real-world professionals.  Collegiate DECA provides competitors with a competitive atmosphere with emerging professionals so they can test their current knowledge in the their prospective business industries. They had the opportunity to compete with over 1,500 other collegians from around the globe.Four DECA team members holding up medals

Northwood University’s Collegiate DECA chapter is proud to recognize that we had 5 finalists after the first round of competition.  These competitors were Anna Geneseo, Nicholas Krett, Amanda Schmidt, Michael Shaddock and Joseph Walsh.  After the second round of competition we had four students who made top ten in their events!  Anna Geneseo and Amanda Schmidt competed together and placed top ten in Business Research were they focused discovered and presented new findings and strategies for improvements to Barnes and Noble.  Nicholas Krett placed top ten in Entrepreneurship Growing a Business where he wrote a report and presenting his ideas on how to grow his car detailing business. Joseph Walsh was also recognized as a top ten qualifier in Emerging Technology Marketing Strategies where he designed a product using emerging technology solutions.

Our chapter adviser, John Gustincic, was also asked to present to the Collegiate DECA Advisers at the Adviser Professional Development Forum.  His presentation was focused on “Building Bridges Between High School and Collegiate DECA.”  After his successful presentation at this conference, he was asked to present at DECA Amped in June.

Overall, our members had an amazing experience and are grateful for the support they got that made the trip possible!  Our members owned their future and are already to head to Washington D.C. in April 2018!

DECA Team Members Group Photo