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Our motto of "ILEA Strong" is now more important than ever as we support our community in a variety of ways.  As an organization focused on connecting people, we will continue to share resources and opportunities with you. View our Community Resources page
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Are you looking for a way to support the local community while also connecting with your ILEA colleagues? ILEA-MSP has offered our volunteer support to the  Sanneh Foundation to help maintain their garden, which is providing food to BiPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) families. Volunteers are needed on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm June 19 - August 7 Location: Conway Community Center, 2090 Conway Street, St. Paul If you are interested: Sign-up for one or more shifts using this volunteer form . Someone from ILEA-MSP will reach out to confirm your shifts. Complete the Sanneh Fondation Volunteer Interest Form Available ...
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A MESSAGE FROM ILEA INTERNATIONAL We hope this finds you well, healthy and safe. As an association built on a community of people, we are outraged and heartbroken by the senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many other Black people before them. Yesterday, we as a global organization stepped back and took a pause - out of solidarity and in the spirit of listening to the voices raised in protest around the United States. ILEA is dedicated to bringing people together in celebration which means we adamantly reject violence but understand the pain and anguish that sometimes sparks it. We are committed to the greater fight for ...
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COVID-19 Resources

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Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, ILEA has been developing and collecting resources for live events professionals, and hosting discussions around legal guidelines, crisis communications, recovery planning, and other best practices.   The  most up-to-date collection of COVID-19 resources for ILEA members and all live events professionals can be found at: https://www.ileahub.com/Education/COVID-19-Resources  for webinars, initiatives, guides, and other international documents and outlines. http://www.ileacanada.com/covid-19-resources/  for Canadian focused content.
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Tell us a little bit about yourself… Who/ what inspired you to go into event planning? I have been in sales my entire career, so it was just another transition.  I can’t say that there was anything that inspired me but it turned out to be the best decision! Tell us one thing we might not learn about you right away? I adopted a baby from China, 24 years ago. What do you love the most about what you do? I love to see the results of all the planning that go into the events.  The wow factor when people come in and see the incredible view from the 99 th   floor – and see the city from a totally different perspective. We live in an incredible ...
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1.       Who/ what inspired you to go into event planning? I actually went to school for and worked in Special Ed for many years and was starting to need a change. Around that time, the Event Coodinator at the restaurant/bar I bartended at on the side decided to leave her position for something new. They approached me with the opportunity, I said yes, and the rest is history :) 2.       Tell us one thing we might not learn about you right away? Writer's block on this question ... feel free to ask me this question at the next ILEA event! 3.       What do you love the most about what you do? I love all the amazing people I get ...
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1.     Who/ what inspired you to go into event planning? A long time ago, when my two oldest kids were small, I bought one of those cheap Little Tikes bounce houses for them. It ripped within 2 days and had me wanting to buy a commercial-grade unit instead. A day later, I saw a van for a small bounce house company pass through my subdivision . Realizing that I lived in a big new development filled with young families, that was my “a-ha” moment. I bought 8 different types of inflatables a short time later and Jiggle & Giggle was born in 2008. I quickly realized that inflatables were a seasonal business and started adding year-round attractions ...
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Who/what inspired you to go into event planning? I spent about six years as a freelance theatre producer, actor, and director before moving into events. I have always been inspired by individuals and relationships, and I thrive working on a team of varied perspectives and backgrounds. Also, I watched the movie My Best Friend’s Wedding so much growing up that I wore out two VHS tapes before they released the DVD… destined to work with couples and weddings from a very early age, I’d say. Thanks, Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, and Dermot Mulroney! Tell us one thing we might not learn about you right away? I love Japanese botanicals. I’m not ...
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Tell us a little bit about yourself… Who/ what inspired you to go into event planning? Really not a specific thing or person, just my natural personality. I instinctively plan things out to hopefully create the best possible time. Whether it’s for me, me & my husband, friend & family or clients.  I guess you could say, I got it from my momma lol. She would plan our routes in Disneyworld to maximize our time and make sure we all got to go on all the rides we wanted and have time to make it to the other resorts like Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Islands of Adventure...I digress.  Tell us one thing we might not learn ...
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Tell us a bit about yourself… Balloons By Tommy started over 20 years ago when I was learning my craft in high school.  Over the course of the past 6 years, we have had some amazing growth that has allowed our company to expand throughout Chicago and Southern California while still maintaining top quality art in our field. Who/ what inspired you to go into Balloon Decor I have always loved the magic of balloons.  When I was a child, my parents took me to a convention that featured balloon professionals from around the world.  I was so inspired by the artists and work that I knew it would be my life’s calling, at about 8 years old. Tell us ...
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Who/ what inspired you to go into event planning? I planned events long before I started doing it professionally. Growing up in Germany, I was always the one planning elaborate trips and parties for my friends and I. When I moved to the U.S. and started hanging out with more magicians, it was natural for me to start a magic themed party. It quickly became obvious that planning an entertaining show was something completely different than planning an amazing party, and luckily we've been able to merge the two at every single Magic Penthouse experience. Tell us one thing we might not learn about you right away? I am half German and ...
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Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Message from the President Saturday, 14 March 2020 Hello ILEA Family, It has been an unprecedented week around the world due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The spread of the virus continues to impact the experiential industry with cancellations and postponements of upcoming special events, conferences, sport gatherings and concerts to name a few categories. This has had an impact on the businesses and lives of our members. As the global situation evolves, we as an organization continue to monitor, hour by hour, the happenings around the world. Our members and their families and teams are consistently on ...
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In Search of an Esprit Award

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Rocky & Terry Toomey from Future Affairs Productions were asked to write up something about their efforts in entering the Esprit Awards.   They have been fortunate to have won numerous awards over the years in the Events Industry .  If you’re thinking of going for the gold (or glass, in this case!) in the International Live Events Associations Esprit Awards, here are a few tips to help you with your quest.  There are rules that must be followed . Read and reread the rules!  Hours and hours of extensive hard work can be dashed by not following just one of the rules in compiling your entry. Read the rules at the beginning, again in the middle ...
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Tell us a little bit about yourself… Who/ what inspired you to go into event planning? Oprah! Yes, you heard that right. I used to work for OWN Network and when Harpo Studios was closing down in Chicago we were all trying to figure out next steps for our careers. I had already lived in Los Angeles for previous jobs and really wanted to stay in the Midwest so after a convo with Oprah and my other co-workers I realized I needed to use my detail oriented skills and love for logistics to transition into an event planner. Tell us one thing we might not learn about you right away? I can tweet like a bird! What do you love the most about what ...
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Tell us a little bit about yourself… Who/ what inspired you to go into event planning? About a century ago, when one would still apply for positions through newspaper classifieds (just before Missed Connections, Births and Obituaries) I saw an opportunity to try out for an account management role with an international trade show organizer. The inspiration within the advert included: International Travel opportunities! Hey presto 16 years later – I’ve moved from Australia to the U.S.A. and still in the events industry. Tell us one thing we might not learn about you right away? I’ve traveled 22 countries of the world and 22 of the United States ...
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Tell us a little bit about yourself… What inspired you to go into event planning? Most of my professional career I have worked in high-end restaurants and hotels. I have done everything from serving, bartending, training, and opening new restaurants. The process of opening a new restaurant or planning unique events has always been where my interest and expertise lies. Event planning allows me to be able utilize my artistic side as well as organizational skills. Every job in the hospitality industry has led me to this career. Tell us one thing we might not learn about you right away? I have a bachelor’s degree in photography from Columbia College ...
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In the hustle and bustle of a busy holiday season, it was super fun to spend a night with all our industry friends at the new Fairlie Chicago , where we got to sit down for a wonderful menu curated by Danielle Wheeler and her team at Maison Cuisine . The tables were beauifully designed by the teams at Ashland Addison and Tablescapes Event Rentals , with the help of Windy City Linen , CTC Destination Management Group , and lighting by Art of Imagination .  Following dinner we got to dance and mingle to the incredible display by Corporate DJ Howard Wallach of AZ Entertainment , and jump in the giant snowglobe provided by The WOW ...
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ILEA Canada at GO West 2020

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ILEA Canada is happy to announce that we are an Association Partner for GO West 2020.  GO WEST  is designed by event professionals for event professionals. Our program is about you and we put you at the center of it. Be prepared for three days jam-packed with social events, bootcamps, keynote sessions, an experiential tradeshow and much more. We are bringing together the best our industry has to offer for you to connect with and learn from right here in Canada. We look forward to seeing you there
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Who/ what inspired you to go into event planning? My Grandma is my inspiration for going into the event industry. She taught me the importance of being a great Hostess, taking care of people and setting a nice table. Instead of talking about school or sports, we would talk about what color palette we wanted to go with for the Christmas dinner table. Believe it or not I was actually on my way to attending Law School, but my Grandma’s voice was ringing in my ear telling me to just follow my passion and do what I love. I haven’t looked back since! My Grandma is 98 years young now, and we still set the table together. Tell us one thing we might not ...
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"We want people to be aware, to understand how these acts are often random. We want people to be prepared and think about a plan, not just in the work place but in daily life. These incidents happen in a very short time frame, you must be prepared to immediately react. Planning can save your life!" Claudine Parsons, Route 91 Vegas Shooting Survivor ILEA Edmonton recently hosted a  What’s Your Plan?  event, focusing on what to do in an active assailant situation with guest speakers Cst. Joel Mackown, Damien DeClercq, and Claudine Parsons. Thank you to our event partners of  La Cite ,  Café Bicyclette ,  Sugar Plum Events ,  Steven Sware , and Chapter Partner  ...
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