Greetings, Business Educators! I hope you are welcoming spring in your area and are enjoying some sunshine and warm weather after a long winter. One of the delightful diversions I enjoyed this winter was my trip to Bozeman, Montana, for the WBEA 2017 conference. It was great time of connecting with colleagues and enjoying great professional development sessions. I also had the pleasure of meeting many new friends while networking during our few days together and presenting the Presidents-elect workshop as part of the Professional Development Leadership Institute. The Montana association put on a truly enjoyable conference in Bozeman, my newest favorite city! Like many of you, I have spent most of my career in business education. I taught in the business program at Boise State University for almost 20 years, then at the College of Western Idaho, and then accepted the position of program manager for Business & Marketing Education at the Idaho State Board of Education Division of Career & Technical Education. Seeing such a great need for business teachers, I took a two-year detour to teach at the University of Idaho in the teacher preparation program. Now I am back at the State as Director of Secondary Education. What I have seen through all these years is the need for professional development, networking with our colleagues, and advocacy for our profession. We can meet these needs beginning at our S/T/P association and our regional (WBEA) levels. We have much to glean from each other and to offer each other. I believe we are stronger together and that we can be more fulfilled in our professional lives by the friendships and networks we create in our associations. I am honored to be serving as your WBEA President for 2017. As I rapped the gavel to close our conference in Bozeman, it hit me that my year of being President is off and running. I know it will go by quickly, and I hope to reach out and meet as many members as I can and attend as many of your S/T/P conferences as possible. Please reach out to me as well this year, and let me know when and where and how I can serve you best.
Welcome to the 2018 WBEA Conference in beautiful Boise, ID. Your experience at the conference and in our spectacular city will be unforgettable. Memories are made in experiences and your time in Boise — from the planned special events to the workshops and Adobe Academy to braving our beautiful surroundings—you will find Boise to be a wonderful destination for the 2018 conference.
Welcome to the Western Business Education Association (WBEA), an affiliate of the National Business Education Association. WBEA seeks to share educational experiences that will prepare individuals to excel as consumers, workers, and citizens in our economic systems. WBEA is committed to providing our members professional development, networking, and learning opportunities through online resources and regional conferences.
Working closely with the States, Territories, and Provinces (S/T/Ps) that make up the western region, WBEA provides opportunities for these organizations to connect, share, and support business education programs at the local, state, provincial, regional, and national level.