HISTORY: In its twenty-second year, the ILEA Esprit Awards® program has a rich history of honoring excellence in the special events industry. The awards competition was conceptualized as a means to increase industry awareness, elevate professionalism, and inspire growth in an emerging profession. Established in 1995, the awards recognized ILEA members’ influential contributions that impacted the advancement of the creative events industry.
As the events industry experienced worldwide success and advanced into a sustainable industry, the Esprit Awards became a symbol of industry excellence and evolved into one of the most respected, prestigious awards competitions.
The awards application has changed over the years to reflect the advancements and developments of the events industry; however even though the application changes, the ILEA Esprit Awards continue to mirror the original vision and purpose of the program’s founders -- to celebrate and honor ILEA members best, most creative and innovative contributions to the industry.