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Chapter Leaders Summit

Chapter Leader Summits are ILEA’s annual gathering of chapter leaders. These exclusive events are an opportunity for new and experienced chapter leaders to come together and prepare for the coming year. Register now for the 2019 Chapter Leaders Summit! 

29-30 April, 2019
Fort Worth, Texas

Register for Fort Worth

6-7 May, 2019
Chicago, Illinois

Register for Chicago

Chapter Leaders Summit is a must-attend event for ALL chapter leadership positions. Presidents and President-Elects are highly encouraged to attend.

By attending the Chapter Leaders Summit and participating in available activities, you will learn to:

  • Lead and manage your chapter by utilizing ILEA’s policies and procedures to ensure efficiency and consistency
  • Build a cohesive team and handle conflicts to develop as an effective leader and work best with others
  • Generate new ideas using best practices and case studies to take back to your chapter immediately
  • Develop strategies for achieving your chapter goals through formal and informal conversations with fellow chapter leaders, board members and staff

Your education, food functions and networking events provided by ILEA. Hotel and travel arrangements are to be paid by each attendee or chapter.

Book Your Stay

Historic Hilton Fort Worth
815 Main Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Rate: $179
Cut-off date: 5 April, 2019

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DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Chicago O'Hare Airport - Rosemont
5460 North River Road
Rosemont, Illinois 60019

Rate: $189
Cut-off date: 12 April, 2019

For support making reservations, call 1-800-756-5505

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10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

State of ILEA

  • Meet the Board of Governors
  • Who's Who of ILEA Staff
  • State of the Association
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Membership Update

12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Lunch - Get to Know your Role with Case Studies

12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The Business of Running a Chapter

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Role Specific Training
Interactive sessions led by your fellow Chapter Leaders and RVPs

  • President and President Elect
  • Vice President of Membership
  • Vice President of Programs and Education
  • Vice President of Communications
2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Putting it All Together
Led by your fellow Chapter Leaders and RVPs

  • Board Meeting Best Practices
  • Who does what on the board - SmithBucklin exercise
  • Mock Board Meeting
  • Resources for Chapters
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Fort Worth: Local Chapter Evening Social Event 

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.



8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Keynote Presentation

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP)

  • What it is, what's new and how to promote it at the chapter level
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Best Practices Breakouts

  • Option 1: Budget Building
  • Option 2: Membership Recruitment and Retention
  • Option 3: Programming and Education
  • Option 4: Communications
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Lunch - Tasty Topics

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Chapter Leadership Summit Recap and Closing Remarks

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.