About Us


ILEA New York Chapter

The NY metropolitan area is host to the most events, the most high-profile events, and the most event industry professionals of any city in the world. Our ILEA Metro chapter, founded in 1988, has supported the local members, and the industry at large, through cutting-edge educational programs, dynamic networking events, partnerships with tangential associations, and a peer-to-peer support system that helps our members grow their businesses and their careers. Our Year-end Big Apple Celebration acknowledges the outstanding volunteer work of the Committees and Chapter Members. The Hall of Legends honors the most senior level event professional who has made a significant contribution to the industry. We invite you to join us as our chapter expands in new areas, in lock-step with the expansion of the NY metro area’s outstanding and diverse events.

Letter from the President - Matt Bonavita


My Fellow Event Professionals,

I hope this finds you well. That is usually a platitude, but as we deal with this ongoing health emergency, it carries extra special resonance, I hope you are well.

To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine that attempts to beguile you from a situation that has been so overwhelming.

Our ILEA New York Metro Chapter members and all those in our industry have taken it on the chin, and as a Board and an industry, please know that your pain is felt. If there is something we can do, please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on our Board.

I will not attempt to be a scientist or a public official, I will simply say that we believe in community over competition, and all of the clichés here apply... hang in there, be there for each other, comfort and help those less fortunate and take care of yourself, you are no good to anyone if you compromise your immune system or put yourself in needlessly dangerous situations.

My wish is that we will all come out the other side, real soon.

Looking forward to giving you all a hug, Lord knows I need one too.



ILEA International

International Live Events Association is the new name for the International Special Events Society. We represent and support more than 5,000 members globally – live event professionals who do business together, share knowledge, nurture talent and progress our industry.

ILEA has grown to involve nearly 7,200 members active in 49 chapters throughout the world. Membership brings together professionals from a variety of special events disciplines including caterers, meeting planners, decorators, event planners, audio-visual technicians, party and convention coordinators, educators, journalists, hotel sales managers and many more. The solid peer network ILEA provides helps special events professionals produce outstanding results for clients while establishing positive working relationships with other event colleagues.

For more information about ILEA International, visit www.ileahub.com.



“I benefited because I made really good friends.”
              – Jaclyn Zendrian.  Cure PSP
“I made professional connections in the industry that have elevated my events.”
               – Candice Soldano.  Federal Home Loan Bank Of New York
“Becoming a part of an uplifting community of like-minded industry professionals who are invested in both the growth of one another and the growth of the event industry as a whole.  I love my new friends they are supportive, smart/resourceful  and invested in our collective success.”
                – Elaina Luparello.  Cirque Central Entertainment.

About CSEP

Do you have a desire to become more marketable to employers and clients? An interest in obtaining a designation that illustrates your experience, professionalism and creative events industry acumen? Earn your CSEP and set yourself apart from the competition.

The CSEP designation is the hallmark of professional achievement in the creative events industry. It is earned through education, performance, experience, and service to the industry, and reflects a commitment to professional conduct and ethics.

Please click here to learn more about the CSEP designation and to take the first step toward advancing your career.

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June 2020

When:  Jun 11, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (ET)

December 2020

When:  Dec 8, 2020 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM (ET)
Where:   Feinstein's 54 Below, 254 West 54th Street, New York, NY, 10019, US