I could not be more proud of the year Arizona Collegiate DECA has had!
As my term as State President draws to a close, I’d like to reflect on our achievements this year that have been made possible only through our truly #DECAEpic members and leaders.
During this past year, state membership has grown by 30%. Our chapters, which were once just independent, autonomous organizations, are finally united under one banner after the creation of our statewide leadership steering committee. Strong leaders and interest in state office has reached an all-time high. Our participation at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) increased by a third, while our participation at the Collegiate Leadership Academy quadrupled.
State revenue has increased from $2,500 in 2014-2015 to a projected $8,000 for 2016-2017. This has been made possible through multiple avenues, but most notably through our partnership with Lyft.
That partnership was able to provide this year’s ICDC attendees with $50 worth of ride credits to get out and explore the city. Through that partnership, we were able to raise $2,500 while benefitting Collegiate DECA members from all across the world.
This year we were also able to plan Arizona Collegiate DECA’s first-ever, student-led Association Career Development Conference, which saw our highest attendance yet and qualified over 60 students for ICDC.
Out of all the different Collegiate DECA awards you can earn throughout the year, Arizona got the most or tied for the most in more categories than any other Collegiate DECA association. In addition, the global collegiate winner of the DECA Idea Challenge was a team from Arizona State University.
Finally, however, are our multiple achievements at #DECAInDC. In addition to raising over $2,500 for our state and having our highest turnout yet, a quarter of our attendees were either finalists, top 10 winners, or first place champions.
Our chapters were also more connected and felt more like a family than in previous years. However, our proudest moment that brought the #YearOfArizona to a close was Cameron Brown, from the University of Arizona, being elected as an Executive Vice President of Collegiate DECA.
As I say goodbye, I want to thank all of our members and student leaders that helped make this year our best yet. I also want to thank our association advisor, Sue Sandblom, for her passionate, dedicated, and continued support, without which there would not be an Arizona Collegiate DECA.
I’m confident that this won’t be the last #YearOfArizona. Our new state leadership team, led by Jonathan Mills, is up to the task. Every year will be the #YearOfArizona so long as we continue to be #DECAInTheSun!
Innovation has become a hot buzz word in today’s world. Several companies pride themselves in their innovation and are always looking for new ideas and looking to hire new innovative employees to help the company succeed. Innovation is about setting yourself apart and finding a new niche that has not been discovered yet. Discovering or creating the next BIG thing; something new that is going to change the world, is what is going to ensure your success in the business world. So how can you use innovation to complete your Passport Award?
There are several things that you can create in DECA in order to complete the Innovation portion of the Passport award. The one I would encourage anyone to do is to help start a new DECA chapter. Not only will you help DECA grow as an organization but your personal leadership skills will continue to grow. For this section I am willing to mentor a group of members to start a new chapter at either Phoenix College or Mesa Community College. Having started a DECA chapter at GCC and serving as President for two years I have the experience and insight on how to get a business club started.
Another section that might help your own schools chapter membership grow would be to present about Collegiate DECA in different business classrooms. Often times many students are not even aware that there is a DECA chapter at their school. By going into all the business classes you get interest from business majors and that will boost your membership and help your chapter obtain a new level of membership awards! Those are just a few of the things you can do for the Innovation section of the Leadership award. There are many other fun projects you can do in this section to obtain the award. The most important thing with doing the activities for this award is to have FUN with them. Be creative and innovative with these projects. These are meant to help you grow and become more innovative as an individual in order to help you get ahead of the game.
If you are interested in helping start a new DECA chapter or if you have any other questions regarding the Passport Leadership award you are free to email me at email@example.com.
Good luck to everyone!
While completing your individual passport award, it is important to understand what the teamwork category stands for.
Teamwork is more than just showing up to events here and there; it’s about being an active member and contributing to the greater good of your local chapter and DECA as a whole. To complete the teamwork category of your individual passport award, become a crucial part of your local chapter by working with other DECA members to make your chapter the strongest in Arizona! You can do this by participating in your chapter social events, presenting a competition workshop, and/or by serving as a chair of a chapter fundraiser or event.
When you think of integrity, you think of the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. However, as you complete the integrity category of your Individual Leadership Passport Award, also keep in mind its second definition: the state of being whole and undivided. Out of the four categories of the Passport Award, integrity is the one that rounds you out as a DECA member and puts the finishing touches on your experience. The focus of the integrity category is to master your own skills so that you may use them to help others grow in DECA. It shifts your ambitions from what DECA can do for you to what you can do for DECA. If you want to knock out the integrity category, here is the easiest path to doing so (though completing more of its tasks certainly won’t hurt you).