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 - Jessica Alton
I am proud to be President of the NY Metro Chapter of The International Live Events Association (ILEA). My commitment to the association over the past few years as flourished as I have learned the value of what ILEA can do for me both personally and professionally. And it started because someone asked me to step up and get involved.
My predecessor, Dianne Devitt, was fond of quoting the statistic that the number one reason people volunteer for an association is that they have been asked. Here I am, asking you to take the time to consider joining YOUR industry association.
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. I myself, have worked in catering for the past 17 years. Through ILEA have found opportunities to mentor and teach as well as learn and grow. You too have something to share and also something to learn. And on top of it all, I promise you will meet interesting and talented people that share your passion for our industry.
In addition to networking, there are opportunities to pursue certification (CSEP) and education. You also have access to membership directories from across the country.
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.