A Message from Your IBEA President!

Greetings! What a busy time—I am sure you all share my feelings that there is so much to get accomplished and deadlines to be met before the end of the school year. Where has this year gone??

My first six months as president of IBEA have been both educational and very exciting. I have had the opportunity to attend many different conferences representing IBEA, as well as meet many new people and share many new ideas. It has been a great experience so far and I look forward to attending more conferences and more networking in the next six months. I attended the ACTE Conference in San Antonio, IACTE in Normal, NBEA in Chicago, and will be attending Region III in Lisle June 12-14. By attending all of these conferences, I realize how important it is for all of us to participate in professional development related to business education and why I need to be involved in business education professional organizations.

The best professional development opportunity for business teachers in Illinois is to attend the 57th Annual IBEA Fall Conference. Mark your calendars today to attend the 2019 conference on November 6-8, in Springfield, Illinois at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. The theme for this year’s conference is IBEA – Communicate, Collaborate & Connect in Business Education. IBEA First Vice-President, Patrice Boyles has been hard at work preparing an outstanding schedule, tours and activities for the conference. In order to make this year’s conference a success, please volunteer and get involved. Visit the IBEA website at www.IBEA.org and volunteer to be a presenter or a session chairperson. Be sure to contact your administration or your EFE Director if you need financial assistance to attend the 2019 conference. Don’t wait: start looking today for funding sources and let your administrators know how important these excellent professional development activities are.

In February several members of IBEA attended the Illinois Association for Career and Technical Education Conference in Bloomington. IACTE advocates for all areas of career and technical education at the state level including IBEA. It is important for our membership to support IACTE. If you are not a member of IACTE, please join or renew your IACTE membership today. In today’s times, we must maintain a strong voice to advocate for our business education programs! IACTE provides that voice.

Thank you all for the work you do every day to shape our future business leaders. Enjoy your summer and I am looking forward to seeing you in Springfield in November.

Kathleen Daugherty
IBEA President