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ILEA Chicago Memberships - Here's What You Get...

ILEA Memberships educate you and help you build your career, promote you as an event professional, bring you together in networking events with other professionals and so much more.   If your not a member yet, or if you know event professionals that would benefit from joining our group, here are some great highlights of membership.  
Here’s just a few of the benefits of joining ILEA:
  • Get access to the wisdom of a broad member collective who plan and execute over 1 million special events each year –the brightest, most accomplished creative event professionals in the industry who execute some of the world’s most recognized live events.

  • Experience stimulating ideas and knowledge sharing with other creative event professionals from around the world at the annual ILEA Live conference.



  • Receive up-to-date deadline information for the Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) designation—keep updated on all of the information needed to gain your CSEP designation and show potential employers or clients that you are committed to the craft.

  • Use the ILEA Member Directory to find and connect with fellow creative events professionals around the world for advice and support.

  • Find resources, toolkits and tip sheets to grow your new client pipeline, increase revenue and manage the day-to-day tasks of running a business - available only to ILEA members in the Member Community

  • Take your job or candidate search in the right direction by exploring the ILEA Career Center.

Not yet a member, watch for our Membership Drive in May and be sure to take advantage of our $50 discount May 7 - 17! #MyILEA
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What makes ILEA such an important part of your business / career development?

Highlights in last 12 months …What did you miss this year?

  • 4 members only events
    • SPiN Ping Pong networking (July 31) Free to members, 
    • Jennifer Perna from Fulton Market Consulting shared sales tips at Row24 (Sept 28 lunch
    • 11am-2pm); 
    • Ricky Hirsh from Think Jerky at Bridge 410 in conjunction with Chicago Food Planet (Jan 
    • 17-lunch 11am-2pm), 
    • Michelle Loretta from Sage Wedding Pros (Feb 20 breakfast 8am-11am) at The Lakewood 
    • Chicago, 
    • Howard Wallich from A-Z Entertainment discussing -Proactive Habits at Pinstripes on Navy Pier (March 20)
  • 19 new members!
  • New CSEP website to explain and promote benefits of getting your CSEP Certification!
  • December program Caroling at Maggie Daley Park in Millennium Park
  • November program Erin Diehl from ImproveIt (nov 14 at The Godfrey I/O)
  • October ILEA/NACE Wisconsin joint meeting at The Shore Club (Oct 11-evening); Speaker 
  • Brad Finkeldei “The Rubber Chicken Guy”
  • August event at Hard Rock Café- speakers Dave Calzaretta from Magnificent Events and 
  • Hayden Moldenhauer from Arena Americas

Still to come!
  • IX Exchange April 12 at Wintrust Arena in combination with Choose Chicago’s Annual meeting 
  • and Global Meetings Industry Day
  • NICE Awards – April 17 at Theater on the Lake 
  • Leaders Summit at House of Blues Foundation room - May 7
  • Esprit Awards – August 16-18 in Denver, CO at ILEA Live

Join Us! The best opportunity to join ILEA is May - get 14 months for the price of 12. During our special week - May 7 - 17, new members can save an additional $50 off their membership. 

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