Maximize your Momentum:
Preparing Emerging Leaders and Entrepreneurs for

over 75 years

DECA is an academic, professional association of high school and college students with an interest in careers within the fields of marketing, finance, hospitality/tourism, culinary arts, fashion merchandising, retailing, and business management. DECA's purpose is to:

  • integrate into classroom instruction through authentic, experiential learning methods that prepare members for college and careers,

  • apply learning by having members put their knowledge into action through rigorous project-based activities that require creative solutions with practical outcomes.

  • connect to businesses to provide members realistic insight into industry and to promote meaningful, relevant learning.

  • promote competition which drives members to excel and improve their performance.


These purposes determine the character of our chapter activities.  Through these DECA prepares the next generation to be academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, and experienced leaders. 


DECA is comprised of over 220,000 members in the U.S. and internationally.  Louisiana DECA currently accounts for over 1,200 of these members.


DECA is designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

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Louisiana DECA Membership Drive

Chapters which increase membership over last year's membership will receive the following rewards at CDC:
5% increase      12 DECA pins
10% increase     podium banner
15% increase     $60 gift card to ShopDECA

In additional, any chapter with 100 or more members will receive a DECA blazer.
Awards will be given at the state conference.

DECA Inc. and Louisiana DECA stands against racism in all forms. As community oriented and professionally responsible leaders, we celebrate diversity and inclusion and embrace our role in shaping a better future.


We stand in solidarity with the Black communities - our members, alumni, partners and employees - in the fight against systemic racism and injustice.


DECA Inc. is committed to creating and maintaining a healthy and respectful environment for all of our emerging leaders and entrepreneurs. Our philosophy is to ensure all members, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status are treated equally and respectfully. Any behavior in the form of discrimination, harassment, or bullying will not be tolerated. It is the responsibility of all members to uphold and contribute to this climate.


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Asscociation Advisors

High School Association

Paul Grethel


Collegiate Association

Ashley Martinez


26236 Wax Rd.

Denham Springs, LA 70726

TEL    504-301-7194

FAX    225-683-8610

Vice-President of

Marketing & Communications

Isabella Enamorado


Vice-President of Career Development

Shahd Khourshed


Vice-President of Leadership

Devika Dua

High School President

Kate Myers


State Officer Alternate

Nicolas Nguyen



Vice-President of Hospitality

Conner Kinchen

Vice-President of Finance

Chandler Sherrod-Gregory

Association Officers