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About Us

ILEA is the principal community representing
creative event professionals, globally.


Formally the International Special Events Society, ILEA was founded in 1987 to foster enlightened performance through education while promoting ethical conduct. ILEA works to join event professionals to focus on the "event as a whole" rather than its individual parts.

After nearly four decades, ILEA is comprised of over 1,500 professionals associated with 40+ chapters in 35 countries around the world who work in the live events industry.


ILEA is a global community of thousands of creative event professionals whose skills, expertise and experience power some of the most influential live events around the world. It is a community centered around celebrating all aspects of live event production and management. This enables our members to deliver the very best work to their clients through collaboration, thought-leadership and idea sharing.

Members include planners/producers, caterers, decorators, audio-visual technicians, entertainers, educators, journalists, photographers and more. And, across a wide spectrum of sectors, including corporate, non-profit, sports, tech, tourism, retail, fashion, arts, entertainment, government/politics, education and beyond.

Parallel Lines


Our mission is to ensure a thriving and global creative events profession by providing our members and stakeholders with:

  • Collaborative networking

  • Education and professional development

  • Inspiration

  • Outward awareness and credibility


Connection | Collaboration | Inspiration


We are the planners and the producers. The caterers. The decorators. The venues. The entertainers.
The florists. The marketers. The lighting designers.

The connectors. The imaginators. The creators. The magicians. The moment makers. 


Events are powerful. They bring people together. They can unite us. They make a difference.
They can change the world.

A local festival. An international sporting event. A non-profit fundraiser. A global summit.

We bring these events to life. We create opportunities for memories. For celebration. We provide a vehicle for stories to be told. Moments that enlighten, moments that empower. We help create lasting impressions that imprint on the mind, and even in the heart.


A wedding. An awards show. A conference. A political rally. A walk for a cause.

Moments that can make one laugh. Cry. Learn. Change. Transcend. Hope. Believe.

Who are we? #WeAreILEA.

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