Judge & Volunteer


Volunteers are key to the success of Washington DECA’s events and programs. Help make an impact on the lives of countless students by joining us as a volunteer! From running competitions, to helping students prepare for competitions, to being a friendly face to greet and assist DECA members at conferences, you can make a difference by contributing your time…and have fun while doing so!

Each year Washington DECA recruits more than 200 business professionals to volunteer at the Fall Leadership Conference (FLC) and 400 volunteers for the State Career Development Conference (SCDC).

Experts from the business community are a critical element of DECA competitions. In DECA, we call these individuals business and community “judges”. Judging simply requires a background in business and an interest in helping high school students. You must be 4 years out of high school to participate.


Western Region Leadership Conference
  • Principles of Entrepreneurship or Marketing Communications Role-Play Judging
    • November 8, 2024 (Friday) from 12:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Mock Job Interview Judging
    • November 9, 2024 (Saturday) from 8:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Location for both dates: Hyatt Regency of Bellevue


2025 State Career Development Conference
  • February 27 (Thursday)
    • 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • February 28 (Friday)
    • 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Downtown Bellevue (various locations based on competitive event)

Judge in marketing, hospitality and tourism, finance, business management/administration, or entrepreneurship events


Written Event Judging (virtual)

From the comfort of your home, office, or favorite coffee shop, evaluate student written projects. We’re looking for judges in the areas of project management, operations research, and entrepreneurship

  • Judge on your own time, late January 2025


Area Conferences

This map shows the locations of each of the 11 regional Washington DECA areas. If you would like to volunteer to judge at an Area Conference, please contact the applicable Area Leader linked below.


Wondering what it's like to serve as a DECA Judge? Take a look at some of our key tips on how to be an effective judge.


Never miss out on an opportunity to judge in your area! Get added to our list of volunteer judges today!


Speaking & Workshops

Being a conference guest speaker or workshop presenter is one of the most direct ways to connect with students and help them discover their passions and career paths. If you are interested in volunteering as a speaker or workshop presenter, please contact Lori Hairston at or at 206.285.1195.

Classroom Speakers

Visit a high school classroom and serve as a guest speaker. DECA advisors/marketing educators are always interested in hosting guest speakers who will inspire students by sharing their career experiences and business expertise. Contact to get started.


A critical component of a student’s DECA experience is the participation in DECA’s competitive events program. These events apply learning, making the connection to business, and directly contribute to every student being college or career ready by focusing on the following outcomes:


DECA’s competitive events provide an avenue for members to demonstrate National Curriculum Standards through individual or team activities and to develop and employ the key skills of analysis, application of knowledge, creative problem solving, and logical presentation.


DECA’s competitive events help members explore their communities, participate in collaborative environments, and recognize their responsibility to the community.


DECA’s competitive events help members explore their communities, participate in collaborative environments, and recognize their responsibility to the community.


DECA’s competitive events provide constructive avenues for team expression, initiative, and creativity. Students participate at the local regional level in early January, with the winners proceeding to state competition in early March.