Northood Texas DECA Tours and Competes in New York City

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Northwood University Collegiate DECA attends conference in New York, New York.

CEDAR HILL, Texas – In addition to the Thanksgiving holiday, the month of November causes excitement on the Texas Campus for the highly anticipated DECA Collegiate Leadership Academy conference in New York City. The Collegiate DECA conferences provide a variety of opportunities for professional and personal growth through competitive events, leadership development and community involvement. Members are also provided with unique access to scholarships, internships and professional networking opportunities.

On Wednesday, November 14, Northwood University Texas Campus’ Collegiate DECA chapter took 19 students to the conference. They were led by Chapter Advisor/Admissions Counselor, Josh Shankle, and Director of Alumni Relations, Natasha Elder, both of whom competed in DECA as undergraduate students. When asked to describe the event further, Josh Shankle shared, “The students chose one of five industry tracks to follow, which allowed for ‘behind-the-scenes’ tours and presentations. These included Yankee Stadium, the Bloomingdale’s department store and the Bloomberg Corporation. Each student participated in a role play event surrounding the sites in which they visited, all while networking with Collegiate DECA members from over 30 colleges and universities across North America.” Shankle continued by stating that he was “proud to see the excitement on the students’ faces and that ‘a-ha moment’ for many of them as they worked through real-world scenarios.”

Sirenia Cebrero, a freshman accounting major, stated, “While at the conference, I was able to network with three successful participants who recently returned to college to receive higher degrees. They shared their insight and I learned how to work with people of all ages and backgrounds.” Crystal Dixon, a freshman accounting major, remarked, “I learned that the key to the role plays is persuasion… and I learned to be on the lookout for the cheapest hot dogs!”

The industry tracks that students participated in were: Fashion Marketing & Retail Management, International Business & Finance, Hospitality & Culinary Arts, Sports & Entertainment Marketingand Madison Avenue Advertising.

Overall, the students enjoyed the opportunity to take part in this leadership conference, all while taking a bite of the Big Apple.