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With the impact of coronavirus felt throughout the live events industry, ILEA has gathered resources developed specifically to help producers, planners, and suppliers at every level adapt, respond, and recover. Check back often for upcoming live webinars and recordings.

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Upcoming ILEA Webinars

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Recorded ILEA Webinars

Clear Head Strong Mind
Mindset Series Facilitated by Certified Performance Coach Angela Braun 

Date: Thursday, July 30
Time: 2:00 pm CDT
Topic: The Power of Habits

Small habits done consistently can change your life. Think about it...motivation is great, but the truth is, we won't always feel motivated. Adopt habits that will help you achieve what you ultimately want and create your best life, best business, and our best self. Goals are good for planning your progress and systems are good for actually making progress.

The final Clear Head Strong Mind session of the summer provides useful tools to implement this powerful series.

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ILEAKEYNOTE: UVC Light and the Events Industry: Innovation and the Future of Safe Events

Date: Tuesday, July 28
Time: 12:00 pm CDT
Keynote Speaker: Pierre Marleau, CEO and Creative Director, Orange Frog Productions Inc.

As event professionals from all areas of the industry begin to experiment with reopening events and kick starting the industry back into action, we are getting curious about unique and valuable innovation to support us. This ILEA keynote presentation by veteran lighting designer and business owner Pierre Marleau of Orange Frog Productions discusses UVC light: how it attacks viruses, how it can help with airborne risks, and how their team is deploying this innovative solution into various parts of the industry like venues, guest suites, event installations, food service elements and partner supply chains. 

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ILEAFORUM: Convention Center Views - Reopening Large Venues Safely

Date: Wednesday, July 22
Time: 11:30 am CDT
Panelists: 

  • Sabrina Anico - Director of Marketing & External Relations, Miami Beach Convention Center
  • Khalid Al Hammadi - Senior Vice President, DXB LIVE - Dubai World Trade Centre; President-Elect, ILEA Middle East
  • Greg Newton - General Manager, BMO Centre at The Calgary Stampede

Event professionals around the world are eager to support the safe reopening of convention centers, expo halls, and other large-scale venues. This interactive ILEAFORUM featured a discussion with a global panel of convention center leaders who shared how they have prepared for a safe reopening, how they are managing client and guest psychology, and what event professionals can do to support safe events in large venues. 

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Clear Head Strong Mind
Mindset Series Facilitated by Certified Performance Coach Angela Braun 

Date: Thursday, July 16
Time: 2:00 pm CDT
Topic: How to Harness Your Energy for a Powerful Recovery

Time is fixed; energy can flex. Every day contains the same number of hours, but energy swings up and down depending on rest, nutrition and emotional health. Most of us know this already, but making your energy a priority can be challenging. Join us for the next Clear Head Strong Mind session and learn several actions to re-energize your mind and body so you can overcome exhaustion and approach recovery from a place of power.

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Clear Head Strong Mind
Mindset Series Facilitated by Certified Performance Coach Angela Braun 

Date: Thursday, July 2
Time: 2:00 pm CDT
Topic: The Be.Do.Have Model: What It Is and How to Leverage It For Growth 

Once you get really clear about what you want in life and why you want it, the game-changing question to ask yourself is not What do I need to do now? but rather Who do I need to be to achieve it? Who do I need to be now and how will this relate to my personal brand?

Certified performance coach Angela Braun led this session of our Clear Head Strong Mind coaching series to help you understand this philosophy, the formula to apply, and how to leverage this thinking to access your personal and professional dreams.

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Talking Contracts With Steve Adelman

Date: Thursday, 25 June 2020 
Time: 1:00 pm CT

The head of Adelman Law Group and vice president of the Event Safety Alliance (ESA), Steve Adelman, presented an ILEA Keynote webinar. Steve shared insights from launching the ESA's Reopening Guide with event profs around the world and answered questions about contracts, clauses, liabilities, and more as in-person events begin to reopen.

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Giants Enterprises is dedicated to the curation and development of new ventures complementary to the San Francisco Giants franchise by delivering larger-than-life experiences to millions at Oracle Park and beyond. Giants Enterprises creates memorable events, abundant with excitement and engagement both virtually and in-person for their varied partners as well as local and international visitors. Positioned at the intersection of sports, entertainment, meetings, events, tourism, and hospitality, Giants Enterprises provides the rare combination of people, experiences, and platforms necessary to create Giant impressions.
 

Clear Head Strong Mind
Mindset Series Facilitated by Certified Performance Coach Angela Braun 

Date: Thursday, 18 June 2020
Time: 3:00 pm CT
Topic: Why Vision Matters - Especially Now

*This is a rescheduled session from June 5th. 

You know this to be true: vision matters now, more than ever. Why? It supports your focus, keeps you aligned to why you started, and enables future strategic thinking.

This Clear Head Strong Mind conversation with certified performance coach Angela Braun explained the difference between vision, mission, and strategy; how to leverage it; and what questions you need to ask to build powerful personal and professional visions for the future. 

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The Future of Weddings and Social Events

Presented on: 10 June, 2020
Pannelists:  Lynn Fletcher CSEP, Sasha Souza, Morgan Doan, CSEP, PWC
Moderator: Lisa Marks 

Industry leaders had a moderated discussion about the impacts of COVID-19 on social events and weddings, how event professionals in the social market are supporting their clients and what's in store for the future of weddings and social events. Their ideas, innovation and fast pivots can be applied to all areas of the live events industry. The Zoom passcode for this recording is: 140586. 

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Clear Head Strong Mind
Mindset Series Facilitated by Certified Performance Coach Angela Braun 

Why a Growth Mindset is Essential to Success

Date: Friday, 22 May
Time: 3:00 pm CT

Join us as we kick off the next segment of our mindfulness series designed to help you focus on mindset shifts that will prepare us all for the uncharted future of our businesses and our lives. This 60-minute conversation with certified coach Angela Braun will bring together our community to let go of the week and enter into the weekend with a clear head, increased mental strength and a renewed sense of optimism for the future.

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Venue Considerations in a COVID-19 World
Panel Conversation 

Date: Tuesday, 26 May
Time: 11:30 am CT

Event professionals are eager to explore the future of working in venues for gatherings of all sizes. Join us for an exploratory panel discussion about the impacts COVID-19 is having on venue managers, how event producers and production managers might partner with venues in the future and considerations for all event teams as we prepare to host in-person events again.

Panelists: 

Judy Brillhart, CSEP, PBC, Director, Catering and Event Management, Sheraton Commander Hotel 
Laura Pallotta, Regional VP, Sales and Distribution, Marriott International Canada 
Sara Grauf, CSEP, Senior Vice President, Event Strategy & Services, Giants Enterprises; ILEA International Immediate Past President

Moderator: Dustin Westling, ILEA International Board of Governors

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COVID-19: Legal Strategies for Meetings

Presented: 17 March, 2020
Presented by: Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum, Esq., Managing Partner, Tenenbaum Law Group PLLC

The news around COVID-19 is changing daily and the situation seems to be getting worse, not better. What can you do now about the threat to your organization’s scheduled meetings and conferences, and what should you be thinking about as you plan for the coming year? 
*Note – this webinar was originally scheduled for Tuesday, 24 March at 10:00 a.m. PT and will now take place on 17 March.

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The #ILEAStrong Community: Persisting and Rebuilding Together

Presented on: 18 March, 2020
Moderated by: Sara Grauf CSEP, ILEA International Immediate Past President

This moderated forum brought more than 300 live events professionals together as a community to discuss strategies and mindsets needed in order to recover and rebuild quickly as an industry.

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"How to" Make Virtual Meetings Happen

Presented on: 19 March, 2020
Moderated by: Tiffanie Rosier, RVP of ILEA South East

This webinar was an educational discussion about the basics of using Zoom, like Account Settings & Tools, different types of meeting options, how to incorporate Zoom into EventBrite, and Zoom best practices.

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Convert Your In-Person Events to Virtual Events Part 2

Presented on: 20 March, 2020
Presented by: Will Curran, Endless Events

With in-person events cancelling all around us, it is time for the events industry to evolve. What better way than to take the experience we have producing in-person events and create virtual events with the same strategy and execution of in-person events. 

Two events industry influencers, Dustin Westling CSEP of OneWest Events and Will Curran of Endless Events, walk you through what you need to be thinking of when producing a virtual event from the strategy to the content to the technology. 

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Insurance Tips for Event Professionals

Presented on: 24 March, 2020
Presented by: Larry Cossio, Cossio Insurance of Brown & Brown

With so much impact of the novel Coronavirus and COVID-19 on the special events industry, we know there must be questions and concerns around insurance for businesses, events and future projects. This informative webinar from US insurance pro Larry Cossio of Cossio Insurance provides data, tips and tricks about insurance considerations during times like these.

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The #ILEAStrong Community: Persisting and Rebuilding Together

Presented on: 25 March, 2020
Moderated by: Sara Grauf, CSEP, Immediate Past President, ILEA International

This moderated forum aims to bring together the special events community to discuss strategies and mindsets needed in order to recover and rebuild quickly as an industry.

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Fundraising in a Virtual World

Presented on: 31 March, 2020
Moderated by: Jodi Collen, CSEP, Corporate Marketing, Event, Be The Match
Panelists:
Jim Leighton, Founder RAIN
Debby Roth-Bush AMM, BAS - Senior Strategic Relationship Manager, Greater Giving
Jack Wrigglesworth - Director of Business Development, Givergy
Hilary Laney - Owner & CEO, Evia Events

With in-person events and gatherings being put on hold for the time being, it's critical to understand how to move your in-person fundraisers to a digital experience. The goal of this webinar is to unlock ideas for fundraising virtually by bringing together fundraising veterans with a variety of backgrounds. Download the infographic! 

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#ILEAStrong Moderated Forum
Post Pandemic: The Future of Marketing

Presented on: 1 April, 2020
Moderated by: Lisa Marks, ILEA International Board of Governors, and Dustin Westling CSEP, ILEA International Board of Governors

Participants in this open forum discussed the potential future of marketing given the impacts of COVID-19. The forum featured the following global marketing professionals answering your questions throughout the conversation:

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Clear Head, Strong Mind

Presented: 3 April, 2020
Facilitator: Angela Braun, PMP, MBA, of Angela Nicole Coaching

Please join us as we kick off our new weekly series centred around mindfulness and mental strength, featuring subject matter experts, weekly personal challenges, and accountability checks. These 30 to 60 minute online gatherings will bring together our community to let go of the week, and enter into the weekend with a clear head and a sense of mindfulness during this challenging time. Read a recap on ILEA Experience.

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Clear Head, Strong Mind

Presented: 9 April, 2020
Facilitated by Angela Braun, of Angela Nicole Coaching

In the second installment of this series, we explored radical self-care.

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Clear Head Strong Mind
A Mindfulness Series

Presented on: 17 April, 2020
Facilitated by: Angela Braun of Angela Nicole Coaching

Eating Essentials for Working from Home
with Irene Pace, RD, author, speaker, and nutritionist of Pace Nutrition Inc.

Read a recap of the session on the ILEA Communities. This webinar covered: 

  • Why you eat in stressful times even when you try not to (and why it makes sense)
  • What you can do instead 
  • One simple tool you can use to shift your eating for the better
  • Grooving the practice
  • Common obstacles and how to navigate them

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ILEA Helps: Overview of Financial Programs for Event Professionals

Presented on: 3 April, 2020
Facilitated by: Mari Ramirez, CPA

As event professionals, we were one of the first industries to be affected by the COVID19 pandemic. ILEA Austin has invited Mari Ramirez, CPA to help provide an overview of the financial programs (CARES Act, Economic Injury Disaster Loan, SBA Loans, etc) to help the events community understand the next steps for themselves or their businesses.

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Clear Head, Strong Mind

Presented on: 10 April, 2020

In round two of our weekly mindfulness series, we explored radical self-care. Read the recap on the ILEA Communities. 

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The Grand Reopening

Presented on: 21 April, 2020
Presented by: Steven A. Adelman, Adelman Law Group, PLLC, VP of Event Safety Alliance

As we eagerly look forward to getting back to work in the in-person realm, there is so much to learn about the post-coronavirus event industry. Somehow, sometime, we will all reopen again. The world to which we reopen will require thoughtful risk assessment and planning. This webinar offers a framework to help event organizers assess and mitigate your own reasonably foreseeable health and safety risks, and also address attendee emotional needs to feel safe under these extraordinary circumstances.

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The Grand Reopening - Q&A Session

Presented on: 23 April, 2020
Presented by: Steven A. Adelman

As we eagerly look forward to getting back to work in the in-person realm, there is so much to learn about the post-coronavirus event industry. Somehow, sometime, we will all reopen again. The world to which we reopen will require thoughtful risk assessment and planning. This webinar will offer a framework to help event organizers assess and mitigate your own reasonably foreseeable health and safety risks, and also address attendee emotional needs to feel safe under these extraordinary circumstances.

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Clear Head Strong Mind

Presented on: 24 April, 2020
Facilitated by: Angela Braun, of Angela Nicole Coaching

Topic: How to Optimize Your Stress
Presented by: Mike Du, CSCS, CPT, Founder, Revive Lifestyle Fitness

Our body functions best when we're in an optimal state of stress. Our immune system, mental strength, and fitness all improve.  Everyone's optimal state of stress is different depending on your lifestyle and how you handle stress.

This conversation covered:

  • Different types/sources of stress
  • Cortisol's effect on your body
  • How to exercise and eat when stress is high
  • How to measure your stress
  • Best practices to relieve stress and get to your optimal state

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Crisis Communications in the Time of COVID-19

Presented on: 28 April, 2020
Presented by: Alex Plaxen, VP of Experience Strategy at Nifty Method Marketing & Events

With less than 10% of events prepared with a crisis communications plan, it is no surprise how difficult it has become to craft strategic and timely messaging during the COVID-19 crisis. However, we are now in a unique position to do two things

First, follow best practices and use message mapping to communicate to our stakeholders. Second, we must take this time to create a crisis communications plan that works not just for COVID-19, but all future crises we may encounter. It is our responsibility to perform three simple steps; audit your vulnerabilities, write your communications plan, and train your stakeholders.

We’ll answer your burning questions about how to use social media when it really matters. The basic steps of effective crisis communications are not difficult, but they require advance work in order to minimize damage. Learn how to create a communications plan for your event and make critical decisions for your organization. Never be caught unprepared again!

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Clear Head Strong Mind
A Mindfulness Series 

Presented on: 1 May, 2020
Facilitated by: Angela Braun of Angela Nicole Coaching

Topic: The Negativity Committee in your Head - What it is and how to shut it down

In this webinar, we explored the Negativity Bias, how our brains are wired for survival, and tricks to overcome it in order to feel more positive. Enter into the weekend with a clear head and a sense of mindfulness. 

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Proactively Preparing for the Future of Events 
A Brainstorm led by Steve Kemble

Presented on: 5 May, 2020
Former ILEA International President Steve Kemble will lead a conversation about preparing for the future of live events, generating a list of tactics and ideas for event profs to implement into events post COVID-19. Be a part of building new best practices and considerations as we enter into the future state of our industry.  

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Proactively Preparing for the Future of Live Events
A Q&A led by Sara Grauf, CSEP and Dustin Westling

Presented on: 7 May, 2020

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Exploring an Uncharted Experiential Future
with Tahira Endean (Canada) and Jason Megson (UK)

Presented on: 12 May, 2020
On every continent, the experiential industry has been told we must pivot as gatherings over five people have been disallowed, with no changes expected in this until at least Q3. 

So, what does this mean for meaningful experiences now; in three months; next year? What does this mean for clients with stories to tell, agencies that deliver these experiences and ultimately our participants?

Discover insights from the experts:

  • Tahira Endean, Head of Events, SITE Global  (facilitator) 
  • Jason Megson, Vice President, Managing Director, George P Johnson, UK & the Nordics

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Optimizing Your Digital Presence during COVID-19
with Nikki Nuckols, Creative Director, Doodle Dog Creative (Austin)

Presented: 19 May, 2020

Whether you are an employee or a business owner, as you wait for COVID-19 to pass you are likely asking yourself, what can I be doing right now to optimize my business or profile online? Our guest speaker will guide you through a number of tools you can implement yourself, from website auditing to search engine optimization.

You will learn:

  • How to audit your website to be set up for digital success
  • How to create convenience and instant gratification online
  • How to strategize a digital path and convert traffic

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Request Support for an Initiative

The novel coronavirus and COVID-19 have had a substantial impact on live events. As an international organization, ILEA understands and appreciates the need to have a voice with local, regional and national governments around the world regarding potential relief and/or assistance for the professionals and businesses that constitute the special events industry.

While ILEA is not a lobbying association, we do have access to a large community of professionals who care deeply about the future of the industry. As such, we will share vetted opportunities on our platforms for our members to participate in on their own accord.

Initiatives we will share on our platforms may include petitions, templates of letters being submitted to governments, surveys for industry data collection, and more.

Please click this link to submit your initiative support request form. 

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Support an Initiative

Feed the Frontlines Denver

United Way & Windows Catering

Staff Meal Dallas

Go LIVE Together

We Will Recover

Wedding Vendor Relief Fund


ILEA Communities

The ILEA Communities are ILEA's online, members-only discussion forums and resource library. Conversations about the impact of COVID-19 on the live events industry. Your peers are sharing resources and solutions. Join the conversation! 

Conversations are also happening in the ILEA Member Connect Facebook group. If you're not yet in the group, request access by answering the questions. Only ILEA members will be granted access to the Facebook group.


Online Resources

Coronavius Up-to-Date Information 

Guidance for Event Professionals

Insurance and Legal Guidance for Meetings and Events

Government Support Programs

Human Resources

Health and Wellness

Rebuilding/Support

Economics

Crisis Communications

Preparing Your Business

Best Practices

Region Specific Resources

Resources Shared from ILEA Chapters


ILEA Chapter Webinars

Recording: ILEA Edmonton - Crisis Communication & Your Response

Recording: ILEA Austin Helps: Overview of Financial Programs for Event Professionals


Webinar Recordings

MPI’s Emergency Preparedness for Events Certificate Course

Online Panel Discussion: 'After the Virus' by James Morgan and Panelists

Global Meetings Industry Day Recordings:

Meetings Mean Business Mexico & COMIR (the Mexican Association of Meeting Planners)

COCAL (Industry Association for Latin America)

Events Industry Council


ILEA Statements