Conferences and Meetings


NBEA 2015 Annual Convention

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
March 31— April 4, 2015

Educating for Success in Business and Life!

NBEA is excited to be going back to The Windy City for the NBEA 2015 Annual Convention, March 31-April 4. The year’s convention will be held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, located on Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue. Named the “#1 Meeting Destination in the U.S.” by Cvent, Chicago has something for everyone. From incredible shopping on The Magnificent Mile, 5-star dining venues, 40 museums, five regional Tony Award-winning theaters, and sports teams for all seasons, you will want to come early and stay late in order to experience all that Chicago has to offer. 

In addition to over 70 educational sessions, hands-on technology workshops will be offered to expand specific skills and introduce additional technology. In addition, keynote speakers, the trade show, exhibitor sessions, and networking functions provide business educators with an exceptional opportunity to learn new ideas and skills that can be utilized in the classroom and workplace.   

Program Topics 

Do you need new ideas for your classroom? Then the NBEA 2015 Convention is where you need to be! The 2015 Convention Program Committee is hard at work putting together cutting-edge and relevant educational sessions for business educators at all levels. A sampling of the sessions on the program includes Flipping the Classroom, You Tube as a Teaching Tool, Google Classroom, Professional Development with Twitter, 21st Century Soft Skills, Community College Session, Entrepreneurship through School-Based Businesses, Promoting Student Engagement through Technology, Creativity & Collaboration, Economics of Sports Marketing, Social Media in Business, Strategies for Teaching Middle School & Elementary Keyboarding, App Development, Rubrics, Online Instructional Strategies, All Things Google, Teaching Tips from New Teachers, Financial Literacy, and many more! 


Chicago is a bustling, energetic city and it's a destination with world-class cultural attractions, diverse neighborhoods, and architectural wonders. In addition to the magnificent shopping and critically acclaimed restaurants, Chicago has amazing attractions you won’t want to miss!

360 CHICAGO (formerly the John Hancock Observatory)

360 CHICAGO sits in the heart of the city, 1000 feet above The Magnificent Mile and Lake Michigan. With breathtaking views of the Lake and the city skyline, it delivers a unique perspective of Chicago. 360 CHICAGO is the ultimate way to see Chicago at its best!

Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum

Opened in 1930 as the first Planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, the Adler excites the imagination of its visitors with fantastic exhibits and state-of-the-art computer technology in the world’s first StarRider Theater, while showcasing a renowned collection of historical astronomy artifacts, including one of the world’s oldest telescopes. Located on Chicago’s beautiful Lake Shore Drive, the Adler Planetarium provides a unique and wonderful experience to explore.

The Art Institute of Chicago

Journey through Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas as renowned works of art spanning 5,000 years inform and inspire you. Experience the artistic genius of Monet, Seurat, Renoir, van Gogh, Hopper, O’Keefe, and more!

Chicago Architecture River Cruise 

Experience one of the world’s most beautiful cities on a 75-minute cruise on the historic Chicago River. On this architecture cruise, you'll head down the main branch of the Chicago River, up the north branch to the East Bank Club, and then south past Willis Tower (Sears Tower) to the old Post Office Building. Take in magnificent city skyline views as you see more than 40 notable buildings, including the John Hancock Center and the Wrigley Building, and learn about their distinctive architecture from an onboard guide. Discover the major events that helped shape the architectural history of Chicago.

Field Museum

Discover Sue, the largest and most complete T. rex ever found! You can get a bug’s-eye view in Underground Adventure, descend into an Egyptian tomb, watch a glowing lava flow, be dazzled in Halls of Gems and Jades, and walk among dinosaurs in the Evolving Planet.

Millennium Park

Enjoy the dazzling music, art, landscape design and architecture – including the mammoth stainless-steel Cloud Gate sculpture – plus ice skating in the winter, splashing around in the interactive Crown Fountain during summer, and alfresco dining from spring to fall.

Museum of Science and Industry

A world of discovery awaits you at the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere, with 14 acres of hands-on exhibits designed to spark curiosity, ingenuity and creativity. Explore the legendary U-505, a German submarine captured on the high seas during World War II; take off on an authentic Boeing 727 airplane for a simulated cross-country flight; descend down a mineshaft for a tour of a realistic Illinois coal mine; witness 12 robots at work in a real toy factory; or take in a thrilling movie at the five-story Ominmax theater.


Navy Pier 

Navy Pier is Chicago's lakefront playground and it's the Midwest's #1 tourist and leisure destination. From rides to restaurants, exhibitions to entertainment, shopping to dining cruises and tour boats Navy Pier has it all - in a location unlike any other! Take a ride on the 15-story tall McDonald's Ferris wheel. Catch a movie at the IMAX Theatre. Visit three floors of hands-on fun at the Chicago Children's Museum inside the Family Pavilion. Navy Pier also offers dining opportunities as diverse as Chicago itself. Dine at one of the fine restaurants or sample a variety of great tastes at the food court in the Family Pavilion.

Sears Tower Skydeck 

View the world from a breathtaking 360 degree view from the tallest building in the United States. Do you want to know the time that the sun will set on the day of your visit? Get the best of both views by arriving at the Skydeck 30-45 minutes prior to your sunset time. Don’t miss the exhibits and high-tech, high-powered telescopes for an enhanced experience from one of Chicago’s most famous landmarks.


Shedd Aquarium 

Visit Chicago’s famous aquarium and experience all it has to offer in its exhibits. Get face to fins with dozens of sharks at the Wild Reef; visit giant turtles, frogs and hundreds of fish at Amazon Rising; travel the world in 90 aquatic habitats at Waters of the World; and at the Caribbean Reef you can ask questions while the diver feeds the sharks, sting rays, and turtles.


Shopping: The Magnificent Mile

The Magnificent Mile offers 460 stores within eight blocks showcasing high-end retail to bargain shopping and everything in between. Walk out of the doors of the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, and experience this cosmopolitan, history-packed section of Michigan Avenue.


Information for the links below will be posted as it becomes available.

For an overview of the convention schedule, click on 2015 NBEA Convention Schedule at a Glance. 

Convention Registration Fees:

Professional Member $255
Student Member $170
Retired Member $190
Nonmember $435
Spouse $100

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

540 N. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60611



The Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile room rates for the 2015 NBEA Annual Convention are $160/single occupancy; $160/double occupancy.  Rates are subject to state and local taxes. 

To make your reservations online at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, please click the link below.

2015 NBEA Convention Hotel Reservations at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

Convention Flyer and Hotel Room Form

NBEA 2015 Convention Schedule at a Glance

Convention Program Brochure and Registration Forms

Convention Registration

Technology Workshops

Professional Development Seminars

Benefits of Attendance

Business Education Research Conference Program Sessions

General Sessions

Program Information

Exhibitor Information

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