Menlo Collegiate DECA Wins Top Award at the 2016 Collegiate International Career Development Conference

Menlo Collegiate DECA Wins Top Award at the 2016 Collegiate International Career Development Conference

In April 2016, six students represented Menlo College at the 2016 Collegiate International Career Development Conference in Washington, D.C. In their first year as a competitive chapter of DECA, Menlo students Cole Simpson ‘17 and Dylan Severson ‘16 placed first internationally in the Entrepreneurship: Starting Your Own Business Event, following their business plan pitch to professional judges. Menlo student Angela Tsung ‘19 placed as a finalist in the Fashion Merchandising and Marketing Event. The Menlo delegation, elated with their impressive accomplishments as a first-time group in an international competition, vied for their awards with top business students from colleges across the country and overseas.

Delta Epsilon Chi and Distributive Education Clubs of America, known as DECA, is an international association of students and teachers. The organization prepares leaders and entrepreneurs for careers and education in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and other business areas.

The competitive aspect of DECA gives students the ability to apply what they learn in the classroom to the “real-world” of business. Students gain public speaking skills and confidence through their experience with DECA, while they also build a network of prospective business associates.

The co-founders of the Menlo Collegiate DECA chapter are Cole Simpson ’17 and Carolina Gonzalez ‘18. “DECA has allowed me to create long-lasting friendships with people from all over the country, including professionals who are currently in the field,” Carolina said. “DECA also believes in giving back to the community through opportunities and fundraisers for the MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association). Competing at the high school level helped me decide to continue my business education, majoring in marketing,” she added.

“I knew that the student body here could benefit from DECA, so I made it a part of the Oak Community,” explained Carolina. “I was encouraged to pursue it by my previous advisor and mentor, DECA Board Member Christina Charlton, but I was not entirely convinced that I would be successful. Then I met fellow student Cole Simpson, who had been a DECA Chapter President. Our team began with our advisor, Menlo Professor Kathy Lovelace, and officers Camilo Arias ‘18, and Angela Tsung’18. I am incredibly proud of all that our chapter accomplished this year, from having a school-wide blanket drive for the Davis St. Community Center, to hosting our first mini-conference. I’m excited to now enter my fifth year with DECA, and to continue working with students.”