Conferences and Meetings


NBEA 2014 Annual Convention

JW Marriott at LA Live, Los Angeles, California
April 15-19, 2014

Educating for Success in Business and Life!

Lights, Camera, Action!  The city of Los Angeles will be rolling out the red carpet for the NBEA 2014 Annual Convention, April 15-19.  Los Angeles is a booming and vibrant city with a variety of attractions, each offering that unique LA experience. 

NBEA is excited to be back in California and this year’s convention will be held at the JW Marriott Hotel located in the LA Live complex—the leading entertainment district in Los Angeles.  Home to the STAPLES Center, Nokia Theater, Regal Cinemas, an eclectic blend of restaurants, nightclubs, and other attractions, including the GRAMMY Museum, business educators from across the country will be energized and invigorated at this year’s convention.   

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. 

Don’t miss some of Los Angeles most famous and exciting attractions!

The GRAMMY Museum 

Located in the LA Live complex, the GRAMMY Museum is an exciting and interactive celebration of the power of music.  Four floors of cutting edge exhibits, interactive experiences and films provide a one-of-a-kind visitor experience — engaging, educational, celebratory and inspirational.

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

This famous theatre hosts many film premieres. One of its attractions is the famous cement forecourt containing hand and footprints of numerous screen legends, including John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Jack Nicholson, to name a few. Since its opening in May 1927, millions of movie patrons and visitors to Hollywood have been drawn to the theatre.

Griffith Observatory

The Griffith Observatory is an icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy, a beloved civic gathering place, and one of southern California's most popular attractions. The Observatory is located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, just above the Los Feliz neighborhood. It is 1,134 feet above sea level and is visible from many parts of the Los Angeles basin.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tours

Come experience the final resting place of some of Hollywood’s most legendary starts. Join historical tour guide Kerry Bible on the walking tour as she shares the storied pasts, scandals and mysteries of Hollywood history. The Cemetery of the Stars Tour, The Jewish Heritage Tour, and The Hidden Hollywood Tour.

Hollywood Museum

See costumes, memorabilia and props from famous movies and shows such as W.C. Field's famous top hat and Pee-Wee Herman's original red bicycle from "Pee Wee's Big Adventure", as well as revolving exhibits from recent shows. The Hollywood Museum contains over 10,000 exhibits within 35,000 square feet on four floors of the Max Factor building. You'll also see where Marilyn Monroe and Lucille Ball had their hair dyed!

Hollywood Sign

Locations from which to view and photograph the Hollywood Sign, with a focus on areas of interest to tourists who have limited transportation options. You can take a shuttle to some view points, or go on a guided tour that includes a view of the sign from an overlook of the city on Mulholland Drive. If you don't want to spend the time to get near the Hollywood Sign, you can download a close-up photo of it for free.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an internationally-recognized Hollywood icon. With about 24 induction ceremonies annually broadcast around the world, the constant reinforcement provided to the public has made the Walk of Fame a top visitor


J. Paul Getty Museum 

The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks to inspire curiosity about, and enjoyment and understanding of, the visual arts by collecting, conserving, exhibiting, and interpreting works of art of outstanding quality and historical importance. The museum houses European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and European and American photographs.

Los Angeles Zoo 

The Los Angeles Zoo is home to more than 1,100 mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles representing more than 250 different species of which 29 are endangered. In addition, the Zoo’s botanical collection comprises several planted gardens and over 800 different plant species with over 7,400 individual plants. Some of the exhibits of the Los Angeles Zoo include: Elephants of Asia, Campo Gorilla Reserve, Sea Life Cliffs, Australia, Red Ape Rain Forest, and many more attractions.


Madame Tussauds Hollywood 

Located adjacent to the historic Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, Madame Tussauds Hollywood is an immersive attraction where guests can interact with their favorite celebrities without velvet ropes or barriers between them, stepping into elaborate interactive sets - as if they are playing the role of a supporting actor or actress.


Rodeo Drive

The famed shopping street is known throughout the world as the center of luxurious fashion. Rodeo Drive stores span three city blocks where visitors can enjoy more than 100 world-renowned boutiques and hotels.


Universal Studios Hollywood 

Opened in 1964 to allow the general public a look behind the scenes into the fascinating world of movie making, Universal Studios Hollywood was an immediate hit. Universal Studios is the largest film and television producer in the world - with more than 9,000 employees overseeing the operations - so who would know more about the world of movies than this well-known company? Combine that knowledge of movies and the movie industry with high-action thrill rides and entertaining shows, and you have a theme park that's ranked among the top 10 in the United States.


The goal of the convention program is to provide sessions and experiences that will enhance the skills of business educators, promote networking opportunities, and challenge attendees to return to their classrooms ready to empower the next generation of business professionals. The program will feature more than 70 educational sessions that meet the varied and common goals of business educators, over 20 technology workshops to expand specific skills and introduce new technology, and three general sessions where prominent speakers will be featured. 

For an overview of the convention schedule, click on 2014 NBEA Convention Schedule at a Glance

Convention Registration Fees:

Professional Member $245
Student Member $160
Retired Member $190
Nonmember $425
Spouse $100

JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE

900 West Olympic Boulevard

Los Angeles, California  90015



The JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE room rates for the 2014 NBEA Annual Convention are $167/single occupancy; $177/double occupancy.  Rates are subject to state and local taxes.  There is an additional $20 charge (per room, per night) to have an extra person in your room.

To make your reservations online at the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE, please click the link below.

JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE Housing Form

Convention Program Brochure and Registration Forms

Convention Registration

Technology Workshops

Professional Development Seminars and Post-Convention Tours

NBEA 2014 Service Project Information

Benefits of Attendance

NBEA 2014 Schedule at a Glance

Business Education Research Conference Program Sessions

General Sessions

Program Information

Exhibitor Information

General Convention Committee


First-Time Attendee Stipends