Who doesn't love a good story?

It's time to tell yours...

The best stories are the ones that excite us, peak our curiosity, and keep us in suspense. We’re drawn to stories about life, love, and adventure...but why not write our own epic story to tell? 

This...is your chance.

Western Region Leadership Conference 2018 is the chance to tell your story! Join us in Anaheim, California for the most creative, immersive, and interactive WRLC ever! 

Your story unfolds this November at #DECAWRLC.

Speakers, Trainers, and Special Guests

Jeff Kaylor

Jeff Kaylor

Magical Moments Mindset
Orlando, Florida

Matt Bird

Matt Bird

Relationology: The True Currency of Business
United Kingdom

Byron V. Garrett

Byron Garrett

The ABCs Of Life
Clinton, Maryland


Jenna Bayne

Unstoppable Mindset
Ontario, Canada


Byron Trimble

WRLC Emcee
Tulsa, Oklahoma


Chase Padgett

6 Guitars
Portland, Oregon

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Brian Nhira

The Voice
Nashville, Tennessee

Curtis WRLC

Curtis Haley

DECA Competition Training 
Portland, Oregon

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Jason Lucash

Bay Area, California

Bryant Collier_sm

Bryant Collier

Motivational Speaker and Trainer
Atlanta, Georgia

Claire Coker_sm

Claire Coker

Leadership Speaker and Trainer
Seattle, Washington


Storm Troopers

Galactic Empire
A Galaxy Far, Far Away

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Thursday, November 15th

Your Story Begins Here: Registration + Leadership Concierge Open

Pick up your name badge and swag bag. Learn all things WRLC so you don't miss a thing!

Maya Angelou Room (Platinum 4)
Noon - 6:00 p.m.

***Luggage storage available all day in the Shonda Rhimes Room (Platinum 2)

Pre-Session Programming

Kickstart your conference journey with a few DECA-specific workshops and interactive activities.

DECA Alumni Story Session
Andy Warhol Room (Grand A)
2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Tell Your Story Workshop
Scott Harrison Room (Grand B)
2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

DECA Alumni Story Session
Andy Warhol Room (Grand A)
3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Tell Your Story Workshop
Scott Harrison Room (Grand B)
3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

DECA Alumni Story Session
Andy Warhol Room (Grand A)
4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Competition 101
Scott Harrison Room (Grand B)
4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Room Key Pick Up

Grab your keys and get settled into your humble weekend abode.

Welcome Night - New Advisor & VIP Reception

This is the first of three opportunities to join us for mingling, light refreshments, and an informational session to learn what DECA is all about.

Michael Gracey Room (Grand K)
4:00 - 5:45 p.m.

Competitive Event Testing Session (optional)

We know why you're here. Test, compete, win.

Steven Spielberg Room (Grand E)
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Chartered Association/State Meetings 

Time to meet with your chapter and state to go over what's to come at WRLC! Contact your chapter or state to determine your exact meeting time. 

Fred Astaire Room (Platinum 5)
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Mandatory Advisor Meeting

This is a mandatory meeting for advisors to get the scoop on all conference details and logistics.

Maya Angelou Room (Platinum 4)
5:00 - 5:45 p.m.

DECA Garage Kickoff

Think startup incubator meets Kickstarters meets Shark Tank...DECA style + $1,000 grand prize. DECA Garage is your chance to test your entrepreneurship skills, business prowess, and level of hustle. Pitch your idea in front of a panel of entrepreneurs, business professionals, and a successful entrepreneur who got a deal on ABC's Shark Tank. 

Jeff Bezos Room (Grand C)
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Mandatory Chartered Association Officer Meeting 

If you're an officer for your association, it's time to meet up, network with fellow officers and gain some valuable leadership training! 

JK Rowling Room (Marquis Ballroom South)
6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Kickoff - New Advisor and VIP Reception

This is the second of three opportunities to join us for mingling, light refreshments, and an informational session to learn what DECA is all about.

Michael Gracey Room (Grand K)
7:00 - 8:45 p.m.

Red Carpet Experience

If DECA members have one thing it's style. Arrive to WRLC like a celeb as you walk the red carpet into Opening Session!

JK Rowling Room (Marquis Ballroom South)
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Prologue - Opening Session

Let's set the stage...dim the lights...and kick off WRLC right. This is going to be one wild ride.

Walt Disney Room (Marquis Ballroom Center)
8:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Post-Session Programming

This is the time for chapter meetings, final competition testing, and rehearsal for the Chartered Association Officer Parade. We also might have a few surprises up our sleeve...

Parade of Chartered Association Officers Rehearsal
Walt Disney Room (Marquis Ballroom Center)
10:00 - 11:15 p.m.

Final Competitive Event Testing Session
Steven Spielberg Room (Grand E)
10:15 - 11:00 p.m.


Rest up! You'll want to bring your A-game for Day 2.

In Your Own Rooms
11:30 p.m.

Friday, November 16th

Morning Dance Party!

We know you like your business suits, but you know what's also fun? Throwing on some workout clothes and dancing your face off at sunrise! Khakis not welcome.

JK Rowling Room (Marquis South)
6:30 - 7:30 a.m.

DECA Studio Lounge

You also won’t want to miss the DECA LOUNGE where you can hangout, connect with other DECA members, and snap some great photos for your Instagram Story.

Scott Harrison Room (Grand B)
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Doors Open

Grab a latte and a good seat for General Session!

Walt Disney Room (Marquis Center)
8:00 a.m.

General Session I & Mindset Yoga

Stir your curiosity and stretch your mind with this inspiring morning session!

Walt Disney Room (Marquis Center)
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.


Choose your own adventure with a selection of top notch academies!

Competition Strategies
Steven Spielberg Room (Grand E)

Shonda Rhimes Room (Platinum 2)

P .T . Barnum Room (Platinum 3)

Robert Redford Room (Grand F)

Find Your Voice
Fred Astaire Room (Platinum 5)

Made Up In The Moment
Constance Wu Room (Grand G)

9:45 - 11:45 AM

Teach DECA Advisor Training

Get the rundown on how to Teach DECA in the classroom!

Morgan Freeman Room (Orange County 4)
9:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

DECA Nuts & Bolts
9:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Utilizing Project Management for DECA Written Project Success
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

DECA Inc. Open Forum on Chapter Events
12:30 - 1:00 p.m.

Teach DECA Conversations
2:30 - 3:15 p.m.

DECA Garage - Grind Time I

Develop your business plan and elevator pitch with Jason Lucash.

Jeff Bezos Room (Grand C)
9:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

DECA Studio: Ballin’ on a Budget: Video Production Style

In the digital world, video is where it’s at. We’ll walk you through how to set up the perfect space to tell your story through video. From professional production equipment to ballin’ on a budget, we’ll go over some the industry secrets & some affordable hacks to make your videos stand out from the crowd!

Andy Warhol Room (Grand A)
9:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Art of Leadership Academy I: Storytelling on Canvas

A splash of yellow here and a dab of blue there...now you have green! Let’s mix it up! Applying creativity to your everyday life and your future career can unlock extraordinary results. In this academy, get ready to put on an apron, grab your paint brush, and dive right in to explore your own creativity! This painting on canvas art session is made for all and no experience is necessary since our art experts will guide you every step of the way.

J. R. R. Tolkien Room (Orange County 3)
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Best Advisor Series & Story Hour

Think you have the best advisor in the Western Region? Tell us why in the studio and your advisor could win a $100 gift card! This is also your chance to tell your story in the DECA Studio! Whether you write, rap, sing, draw, speak, or rhyme... you have a story to tell! Come down to the studio and we’ll record you sharing your story! Who knows? You might make it on the big screen at closing session! 

Andy Warhol & Scott Harrison Rooms (Grand A & B)
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Time

Chow down at a local eatery or food truck!

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Doors Open for Act II: General Session II

Walt Disney Room (Marquis Ballroom Center)
12:45 - 1:15 p.m.

Act II: General Session II

More speakers, more entertainment, and more surprises in store!

Walt Disney Room (Marquis Ballroom Center)
1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

DECA Garage - Grind Time II

Develop your business plan and elevator pitch with Jason Lucash.

Jeff Bezos Room (Grand C
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.


Choose your own adventure with a selection of top notch academies!

Competition Strategies
Steven Spielberg Room (Grand E)

Shonda Rhimes Room (Platinum 2)

P .T . Barnum Room (Platinum 3)

Find Your Voice
Fred Astaire Room (Platinum 5)

Moguls In The Making
Robert Redford Room (Grand F)

Unstoppable Mindset
Constance Wu Room (Grand G)

2:30 - 4:30 PM

Art of Leadership Academy II: Behind the Scenes in Animation

Think of your favorite animated movie - maybe a Pixar film or a recent Disney movie. That movie is your favorite because what you see on the screen is engaging, entertaining, and fun! But what does it look like behind the scenes in the making of animated films? Don’t just wonder...experience it for yourself with our in-house animation artist and storyteller! From building a storytelling framework, to learning simple sketching and drawing techniques, to actually creating storyboards for your own story, go behind the scenes and experience the engagement, entertainment, and fun the animators create and experience when making your favorite animated films! 

JK Rowling Room (Marquis Ballroom South)
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

DECA Studio Story Hour

This is your last chance to tell your story in the DECA Studio! Whether you write, rap, sing, draw, speak, or rhyme...you have a story to tell! Come down to the studio and we’ll record you sharing your story! Who knows? You might make it on the big screen during closing session.

Andy Warhol & Scott Harrison Rooms (Grand A & B)
4:30 - 5:15 p.m.

Chartered Association Officer Rehearsal

Walt Disney Room (Marquis Ballroom Center)
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Explore SoCal

With tons of fun things to do, rides to enjoy, and delicious foods to eat; Anaheim is an incredible place to visit! Activities and transportation to/from are additional cost outside of the conference registration. These are to be planned, booked, and coordinated directly by your chapter. While in Anaheim, enjoy the best of SoCal, including: 

  • Disneyland 
  • Disney California Adventure 
  • Downtown Disney 
  • Gardenwalk in Anaheim 
  • Hollywood 
  • Huntington Beach 
  • Knott’s Berry Farm 
  • Laguna Beach 
  • Newport Beach 
  • Medieval Times Dinner Theater 
  • Universal Studios Hollywood 
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain 
  • Venice Beach

5:30 - 11:30 p.m.

Disneyland Twilight (optional)

Now, we're not bringing you all the way out to Anaheim California without giving you ample time to check out Disneyland! On Friday, after you've been inspired by our general session speakers, workshopped your way through the Academies, and checked out our YouTube studio, grab your chapter and some new friends and head to Disneyland...you know, just the happiest place on earth. 

5:30 - 11:30 p.m.


Get some shut eye for a big day tomorrow! 

11:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 17th

Chartered Association Officer Mixer

All Chartered Association Officers are invited to enjoy breakfast and connect with your fellow officer teams. You all traveled all this way, so let’s get you rock stars in a room together!

Andy Warhol Room (Grand A)
8:45 - 9:45 a.m.

DECA Garage - Pitch Prep

Time to perfect and practice your pitches for The Hub.

Sara Blakely Room (Los Angeles)
8:45 - 10:30 a.m.

The Hub: Advisor Sneak Preview

Advisors get an exclusive sneak peak at the DECA Hub before the masses!

Walt Disney Room (Marquis Ballroom Center)
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

DECA Competitive Events: Round 1

You came to win. Let's see what you got!

Steven Spielberg Room (Grand E)
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Workshops - Round I

Choose your own adventure with a new set of exciting academies!

9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

Creative Storytelling
Discover the components of an epic story and how to apply them when creating your own story on paper and in life. Unlock your creativity and learn the power of visualization, storyboarding, and playfulness to create a story you will be proud to live and tell.
Constance Wu Room (Grand G)

Speak Up
Have you ever wanted to become a more prepared and confident public speaker? Then don’t miss out on this fun session that helps you build the confidence you need to claim your voice, convey your message through powerful communication, and be a leader in your daily life. Public speaking will no longer be a challenge after learning the ropes of expressing your message.
C.S. Lewis Room (Grand J)

Coffee Time - New Advisor & VIP Reception

This is the third and final opportunity to pour yourself a cup of joe and enjoy an informational session to learn what DECA is all about.

Adele Room (Desert Springs)
10:00 - 11:45 a.m.


The Labyrinth is a puzzle-based simulation designed to reveal natural tendencies of leadership strengths as well as blind spots we face daily. The inner workings of team dynamics, culture under pressure, rivalries, collaborations, decision- making, and differing communication styles all come to life for examination, reflection, and ultimately growth for leaders at all levels. The Labyrinth lasts about 1.5-2 hours and leaders should be prepared to be on their feet, have fun, collaborate, and work together to unlock the coronation chest and reveal the leadership secrets of The Labyrinth.

Ernest Hemingway Room (Newport Beach)
10:00 a.m. - Noon

DECA Hub - Students & Advisors

You will not want to miss The Hub - the place to create, share, compete, serve, and recharge. Awaken the artist inside you with interactive art stations, (fake) sing your heart out in the DECA WRLC Lip Sync Battle, grab a front row seat at the DECA WRLC Fashion Show, kick back and enjoy some downtime between workshops and competitive events, and engage with other DECA members in our service opportunity. It’s all here for you in The Hub

  • 10:00am - Doors Open
  • 10:15am - DECA WRLC Fashion Show presented by The Valdecio Collection
  • 10:30am - DECA Garage Pitches
  • 11:00am - Professional Headshots
  • 12:15pm - DECA Garage Pitch Finalists Announced
  • 12:30pm - Lip Sync Battle
  • 1:00pm - Magic Show
  • 1:30pm - Live, Interactive Art Demo by Film Animator and Book Illustrator

Walt Disney Room (Marquis Ballroom Center)
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Workshops - Round II

Squeeze every last drop of workshop goodness before closing session!

10:45 - 11:30 a.m.

Cruising Through Conflict
Let’s face it—all of us have dreaded working on a team at one point or another. However, teamwork has become unavoidable and employers are seeking people who can be flexible and work on a team. Instead of fearing working with others, learn to embrace and thrive in a team environment by attending this high- energy workshop!
Constance Wu Room (Grand G)

 We tend to forget about the power our voice holds... until we lose it! Discover the amazing power each of us has to influence the world every time we interact with another person - and how powerful our voices truly are!
C .S . Lewis Room (Grand J)

Tell Your Story
Everyone has a story to tell. Learn the power of storytelling through stories of leaders worth following.
Jeff Bezos Room (Grand C)

DECA Garage Pitches

DECA Garage competitors have poured their hearts, minds, and energies into their pitches. Get your DECA Dollars ready!  Listen to all the pitches and using your DECA dollars, practice your venture capitalist skills to invest in THE business idea you want to see on stage for the final DECA Garage Competition!

Walt Disney Room (Marquis Center)
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Lunch Time

Grab some local grub and make your way back for afternoon workshops!

10:45 - 11:30 a.m.

Competitive Events - Round II

The story continues to unfold through your competitive events!

Steven Spielberg Room (Grand E)
Noon - 2:00 p.m.

Western Region Executive Committee and Board Meeting

Adele Room (Desert Springs)
Noon - 4:00 p.m.

Workshops - Round III 

1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

The Life of a BOSS
Learn how to leverage your life by planning ahead, controlling what’s in front of you, playing to your strengths, filling your bucket, picking yourself up and learning to say no. Take a deep breath and make the most of every day!
Constance Wu Room (Grand G)

Making the Most of... YOU
Have you ever wished that life came with an instruction manual? The truth is that most of us have had this feeling; even those who have become pretty successful. Life is made up of many small decisions that create our successes in life. Come join a group of future “BOSSES” just like yourself as we create and discuss how to live and lead like a BOSS! Hopefully when you leave this workshop, you will be filled with a new found perspective on your life and future success.
C .S . Lewis Room (Grand J)

Workshops: Round IV

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Oh, So You’re Mad Mad?!?
The word “teamwork” can sometime spark feelings of anxiety, fear, and even anger all because of one word: conflict! Unfortunately, conflict is inevitable in life but that doesn’t mean it can’t be conquered. This workshop will give you tools, tips, and creative techniques on how to identify, manage, and rectify conflict without damaging your team. Trust me, we all need the help!
Constance Wu Room (Grand G)

Competitive Event Judge Feedback Panel
Interested to know what it’s like to be on the other side of competitive events? Meet our panel of expert judges to ask questions, hear what they liked and rated highly, and learn what they wish they saw more of in competition. This is one of the best ways to prep for state and international competitive events.
C .S . Lewis Room (Grand J)

Chartered Association Officer Rehearsal

Ernest Hemingway Room (Newport Beach) 
4:00 - 7:15 p.m.

Doors Open - Act III: Closing Session & Grand Awards

Walt Disney Room (Marquis Ballroom Center)
8:00 p.m.

Act III: Closing Session & Grand Awards

This is like the season finale of a show...you can't wait to watch, but you don't want it to end.

Walt Disney Room (Marquis Ballroom Center)
8:30 - 11:00 p.m.

WRLC Welcome

CADECA state officers

Hello Western Region DECA!

As you’re getting #READY to take off on your DECA year, here’s some great news — pack your blazers and get ready, because you’re invited to the Western Region Leadership Conference!

Everyone has an epic story to share, and it’s time for you to tell yours. Come join us in sunny Anaheim from November 15th through the 17th to make lifelong friends from across the BESTERN Region and #TellYourStory — all in the backdrop of beautiful Southern California.

Are you a hustler? Participate in DECA Garage — think Shark Tank, but DECA style, with a $1000 grand prize. Do you love a good adventure? Kick back in beautiful SoCal beaches, hit the malls, then have the time of your life at Disneyland with a Twilight pass.

We invite you — yes, YOU! — to write the next chapter of your future, your dreams, and your story with us at WRLC 2018. Can’t wait to see you there!

Sincerely,Emily Zhang, State President
Ananya Veeraragavan, Vice President of Northern California
Enya Lu, Vice President of Silicon Valley
Duke O’Callahan, Vice President of Southern California
Eliza Zhang, Vice President of Communications
Won Bin Lee, Vice President of Public Relations

California DECA State Officer Team 68

Jonathan Wilson, Western Region Vice President, hopes to see every state represented at WRLC!

Your story unfolds in...

Anaheim, California

See you at the Marriott Anaheim!

WRLC 2018 is taking place in the iconic Anaheim, California. Enjoy a weekend full of stories, sun, surf, and Disneyland! This isn't just a conference...this is a story in the making. 



700 West Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802


Site Seeing

Disneyland. Downtown Disney. Surf City U.S.A. Need we say more? Yes we will...


All registrations include a 3-night stay at the Anaheim Marriott!


Anaheim is jam-packed with mom and pop shops, 5-star restaurants, and In-N-Out Burger.

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