Meet Jodi Whitlock, Director, ILEA Greater Chicago

While new to ILEA, Jodi has been in the events industry since the early 90's. She started working as a freelance staff person for Corporate Event Interactive in 1994, and became a full time staff member in 2004. CEI is Chicago's boutique interactive/teambuilding company, and we offer 150+ customizable events.
As the Senior Event Producer at CEI, Jodi is responsible for staffing events, developing new programs and working with clients to create memorable and fun experiences. CEI has been involved with ILEA for 15+ years, with Linda Whitlock (CEI President) serving as President of the ILEA Chicago Chapter in 1999/2000, and Jodi is thrilled to be taking the reigns as the ILEA rep for CEI in 2017.


Q & A's:

Getting to Know You Q & A ...

What made you interested in participating in ILEA Leadership? I felt that it was the best way to get involved in ILEA and make the most of my membership. I thrive on collaborating and being involved with the Board is definitely that! 

What would you say are the benefits for participating in our ILEA committees?  Developing more meaningful relationships with awesome industry people! And being really in the know as far as what is coming up.

What's your advice for those unsure where to start in becoming active in ILEA?  Just ask! Any board member or committee chair will be thrilled to answer questions on how to be more involved. Express a bit of interest and you will be recruited!

How has ILEA made a difference in your career?  The depth of relationships with industry peeps. My network has grown exponentially is a very short amount of time.

Tell us one thing we might not know about you. I’ve been a Reiki Master for 3 years, and make Reiki-infused baked goods.

What do you love the most about what you do? It’s never the same.

Where did you grow up? Michigan

What's your event gone wrong horror story? Haha! Let’s have a glass of wine and I’ll tell you…

Thanks Jodi!

For more information about Jodi or CEI, you can reach Jodi at: or 312.540.1000

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