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December 3, 2015


Cowley students attend DECA Leadership Conference



The Cowley College DECA Officer team of Alexis Phakornkham, D’Abreian Bush, Austin Hendrickson, and Ashleigh Huck participated in the National Collegiate Leadership Academy Conference held in New York City, November 11-15.

During the conference, the students were able to engage in conversations with corporate executives, participate in behind the scenes tours and gain industry trends and insight in the career tracks of their choice. Each student chose one of the following career tracks: advertising, fashion merchandising and retail management, hospitality and culinary arts, international business and finance, or sports and entertainment marketing. In their perspective career tracks, each student was placed on a team in which they participated in a case study competition that culminated with presentations to DECA’s National Advisory Board Members.

In addition to the case study competitions and presentations, the Cowley DECA leadership team participated in and listened to various speakers that discussed topics such as dressing for success, how to give an effective speech and possible internships.

“It was a really great trip,” DECA secretary Ashleigh Huck said. “The workshops and case studies we did gave us some hands-on experience that will continue to help us for the rest of our lives. Just reading a book about marketing, or accounting, or hospitality won’t ever provide us the same experiences. The purpose of the trip was to help us become great leaders and excel in our future careers and I am confident that this experience did just that.”

DECA vice president D’Abreian Bush said the conference showed the students how to problem solve with a group of people from other states.

“The tours to the Marriott and the New Yorker Hotels helped us on the project we had to do with our team,” Bush said. “It was great to tour New York and work and network with people from all across the United States. I am so thankful for this opportunity and learning experience.”