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ILEA Global Event Forum

The Global Event Forum, which took place 15-16 August in Denver, CO, highlights global industry engagement by bringing together high-level influential international live and special event professionals from corporate, association, sport, wedding and live event production backgrounds. Representatives meet in a “G-20” style environment to debate and discuss relevant topics impacting the live events industry globally, including industry value and advocacy.

The 2018 Global Event Forum built off of the conversations started at the Global Event Summit in Scotland in 2016.

Presented by Giants Enterprises


The International Live Events Association (ILEA) released “Unifying the Live Events Industry: A Global Events Industry Report," a report that explores the subject of commoditization of the live events industry: what it is, what it means for the industry and how to manage it. The report is a follow-up to the day-and-a-half dialogue at the ILEA Global Event Forum,  15-16 Aug 2018 in Denver, which invited elite live event influencers from around the globe to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing today’s event industry. Read the report.


This group of invite-only live event influencers will participate in a series of facilitated dialogue sessions addressing topics such as:

  • Future of the live events industry
  • Pricing models
  • Legacy events
  • Event safety and security

Sessions will identify key takeaways to improve the future of the live events industry, identify opportunities and challenges live event professionals need to prepare for, and foster global sharing of ideas and innovations. 

Day 1 - Wednesday, 15 August

Introduction & Orientation
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Sheraton Denver
Brand Sprint Exercise
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sheraton Denver
Depart for Dinner
5:00 p.m.   
Networking Dinner
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. To be announced 

Day 2 - Thursday, 16 August 

Transfer to Botanic Gardens 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Sheraton Denver
Breakfast 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Botanic Gardens
Recap Brand Sprint Exercise
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Botanic Gardens
Opening Discussion: The Commoditization of Our Industry 9:15 p.m. - 9:45 a.m. Botanic Gardens
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Botanic Gardens
Individual Activity: Obituary
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Botanic Gardens
Lunch – to be held in the Orangery
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Botanic Gardens
Group Discussion: The Commoditization of Our Industry
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Botanic Gardens
1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Botanic Gardens
Sub-group Conversations: Action Items
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Botanic Gardens
Group Reveal and Action Items Discussion
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Botanic Gardens
Recap, Next Steps, Moving
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Botanic Gardens

Day 3 - Friday, 17 August (Optional)

Global Event Forum Breakout Session at ILEA Live 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sheraton Denver


*subject to change

Global Event Forum Session at ILEA Live

We encourage Global Event Forum participants to stay for ILEA Live, and join us for the Global Event Forum breakout session on Friday, 17 August from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. This session will include a panel of attendees to discuss the topics and outcomes of our dialogue.  

This session is optional. 

Travel & Accomodations

The Global Event Forum will take place at the Sheraton Denver. Your attendance includes two nights hotel stay, food & beverages.

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
1550 Court Place
Denver, CO 80202 USA

ILEA recommends arriving in Denver the morning of Wednesday, 15 August and departing the morning of Friday, 17 August. Should you plan to extend your trip to attend ILEA Live, ILEA recommends departing Denver the evening of Saturday, 18 August. 

Global Event Forum Participants

A diverse group of 25 elite live event influencers from around the globe will be in attendance at the Global Event Forum. Participants are from USA, Australia, Switzerland, Canada, United Kingdom, and Germany. 

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