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Who/What inspired you to go into event planning? I’ve always been interested in weddings and special events, as a child I would go to my mom’s work and help setup banquets on days I was off school. I was always amazed at how the space would transform for weddings and corporate events.  In college, I was unsure of my major and took an elective class that was “Intro to Meeting Planning”.  I was instantly interested and knew that was the career path for me.  After two internships in the United Club at Soldier Field, I knew I had made the right choice and landed in catering.   Tell us a few things we might not learn about you right away? I have always ...
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Corporate Event Trends...IMO

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We recently read this great post about 10 corporate event trends, and it really got the wheels turning as we shared it amongst our team. Our always smart and insightful friends over at Event MB have pinpointed some great trends, and we encourage you to take a look at the full post for yourself. With us being us, reading through the post naturally got us asking questions and brainstorming ideas about some of the different trends and topics mentioned in the world of corporate event planning , and in the spirit of continuing the conversation, here’s some food for thought from our team about some of the trends highlighted on Event MB’s list. Read more at: https://onewestevents.com/blog/our-thoughts-on-five-top-corporate-event-trends/
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There are many things we love about our industry and our jobs – the quest to continually raise the bar, the rush of taking on new  challenges , the excuse to pick up new Gala-ready outfits on the regular – but the very best part is hands down the smart, talented, and inspiring people we get to collaborate with. Case in point: Lisa Marks, CSEP, BComm, a multi-talented, whip-smart event prof whom we’ve worked alongside for many years in her role as head of events for Shaw Communications. Lisa recently decided to strike out on her own with her new business  Brand Alive , bringing her decade of industry experience and deep knowledge of experiential marketing ...
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In a time when we have instant access to everything from global news headlines to in-depth thought pieces to truly ridiculous memes, how should industry organizations be adapting, adjusting, and keeping pace? Are these organizations still relevant in an all-online-all-the-time world? Today our Managing Partner, Dustin Westling, CSEP, was officially sworn in as a Director on the International Board of Governors for the  International Live Events Association  (ILEA), and the occasion has us thinking a lot about these questions and our own reasons for continuing to be active in these organizations. Here’s a look at how Dustin will be approaching his time on ...
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For our July Meeting, we partnered with NACE Chicago to bring this event together!  What a great night exploring Chicago and getting to know new industry friends!           Thank you again to our sponsors Corporate Event Interactive, 10Pin, LondonHouse, Aries Charter Transportation & Riva Crab Hou
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Your 2019/2020 Edmonton Chapter Board of Directors have been announced! We are already busy bees discussing event ideas for the upcoming year, and how we can better support and further the activities of the Edmonton Chapter and the live events industry as a whole. Meet your team! Back row L-R: Stephani Harvie,  Christy Parker,  Ashley Cruz,  Hannah Whittaker,  Chris Baker,  Sandra Crawford Front row L-R: Nela Kovacovic.  Nicole Konkin,  Jody Paulson,  Shandel Barr,  Rowena Cui, Elyse Colman  Kelsey Williams (absent) High-five to Bruce from  Moments in Digital Photography  for making us look so goo
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The  ILEA Edmonton Chapter AGM and After Party  was a hit! Guests were treated to a back stage tour, photo-op with the players, and the VIP treatment in our dedicated hospitality lounge. Huge thanks to the  Edmonton Stingers  for hosting and bringing home the win!  Check out more photos  and game day highlights from our ILEA member and event sponsor  Moments in Digital Photograp
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Our inaugural  CSEP Workshop Across Canada  took place on Saturday, May 25, 2019. This Canada wide initiative was developed by Jody Paulson, CSEP and Immediate Past President for the ILEA Edmonton Chapter, to promote the CSEP designation and increase the number of Certified Special Event Professionals in Canada. This highly collaborative workshop saw nine attendees from Edmonton, five in Vancouver, and two in Toronto, all linked through the magic of technology that allowed for real-time interaction between all three locations. There was  one  scenario chosen,  two  CSEP’s on hand to facilitate and work through the content outline,  three  locations across ...
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Get inspired this August in Minneapolis, MN. The Edmonton   chapter hopes to have a strong presence at ILEA Live 8-10 August 2019, and we want to see you there! Secure your spot by June 7th to take advantage of early-bird registration rates. More information and registration is available online . We hope you’ll join us
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Join the ILEA Board

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Nominations are now open to join the 2019/2020 ILEA Edmonton Chapter Board! Why Join the Board? If you are looking to gain more industry knowledge, connections, and opportunities, then joining the ILEA Board is for you!  Volunteering for the ILEA Board is an incredible way to make new industry friends and connections, have opportunities to travel to international conferences (like ILEA Live & TSE), gain CEU's for industry designations (like CMP and CESP) and be a part of creating meaningful (and fun!) monthly events for Edmonton industry professionals to enjoy and be inspired from. Nominate now to continue making the Special Events Industry in ...
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April events with ILEA Denver

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Welcome to April! Spring is here, the trees are budding and the grass is getting greener. Soon the flowers will be blooming and the world will be filled with bright colors. It's time to shake off the winter blues, get out and come see your friends at ILEA Denver! This month we have a lot of things happening that you don't want to miss! We have a new website! We are still putting some finishing touches here and there so things may shift a little, but please take a moment to look around. There is a lot of great information, and we are now tied in with all of the other ILEA Chapters across the world! Using this site as a member will allow you to easily navigate ...
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MASTER'S DINNER EVENT RECAP

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Traditionally held the night before the Day of Education, this dinner, which is invitation only, brings together the Day of Education speakers, ILEA Past Presidents, board members, and Chicago industry VIPs for an evening of networking and discussion.       The night kicked off with fabulous hors d'ouevres, a made to order A5 Wagyu Beef Cart and fun cocktails from   Catering by Michaels , set to the music of   Backthird Entertainment .     Chez-Chicago   was the perfect venue to showcase their amazing tables, the beautiful linen from   BBJ Linen   and the glorious flowers provided by   Kloeckner Preferred Flowers .   Halls Rental   provided ...
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Did you catch Meeting Places Alberta 2019 ? The issue includes a message from the ILEA Edmonton Chapter President, Chris Baker, on what ILEA is to him. Check it out online now !
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ILEA Edmonton at GO West 2019

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ILEA Edmonton Chapter was out in force at the recent GO West 2019 conference. From January 21-22 we connected, built community, and participated in endless professional development activities.  ILEA Canada was thrilled to partner with GO West to present Bootcamp #1: The Event Planathon, Better Brainstorming to Invent a Bright Future with David Adler, for the perfect opportunity to learn from our industry thought-leaders in a small workshop setting.                                          ILEA Canada had a booth in the Experiential Hall and enjoyed chatting with new and old friends. ILEA Edmonton Chapter members who showcased included: Edmonton Convention ...
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The International Live Events Association (ILEA) recently launched Experience , a new comprehensive online content hub that provides commentary, feature articles, news and trends by and for the live events community. Experience is the live events community’s dynamic epicenter of intelligence. It’s an online resource that delivers timely and relevant news, trends and insight that’s updated all the time and available from anywhere on any device.  Read the latest at experience.ileahub.com for articles, videos and infographics that showcases creative work, inspiration and success stories
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Our most recent Lunch  'n'  Learn -  All About SASS  - covered all things Successful Awards Submissions. Hosts  Jody Paulson  (CSEP and Immediate Past President of the ILEA Edmonton Chapter),  Nela Kovacovic  (M.A., CMP and VP Membership with ILEA Edmonton Chapter), and  Caitlin McElhone  (BSc., CMP and Past President of the Chapter) were on hand to share their personal journey and answer questions participants had about the process. A few handy dandy tips were provided: Follow the rules - if it asks for a word count, stay within it. Plan ahead - you have to decide in advance if an event is one you may submit for awards consideration. ...
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It's Award Season!

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It's Award Season, and we have all the details you need! 2019 ILEA Esprit Awards The 2019 ILEA Esprit Awards nominations are now open. The ILEA Esprit Awards honor members' most creative and innovative industry contributions. The awards cover more than 30 categories in live events, ranging from best culinary event to best event logistics and support services.  Submit your nominations  by  February 15, 2019  to be considered. Recipients will be announced at the ILEA Esprit Awards Gala on 10 August at  ILEA Live 2019 .  Edmonton Event Awards 2019 The Edmonton Event Awards recognize excellence in our industry and provide an occasion for #yegeventprofs ...
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2017-2018 Meeting & Education Recap!

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Wow! What a year it has been! From engaging Network & Nosh’s to exciting monthly meetings with inspiring speakers, it has been a great year for ILEA Boston thus far! One thing that we wanted to focus on this year was to bring the best speakers from around the world to our members. Let’s take a look at this year’s past speakers: August 2017 In August, Jordan Carbotti from Perfect Surroundings Intl presented a “Design Lab” at the Waterworks Museum in Chestnut Hill. Jordan brought us behind the design to show us what inspires them when creating an event space for their clients. We all left enlightened with tips and trends to bring our own events to the ...
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Meet Ken Sipes. Kenneth Sipes Cinema Ken is the Owner of Kenneth Sipes Cinema.  Ken got into the industry by “looking into the rabbit hole called Google and stumbled on a modern wedding film… and was hooked!” When working as a solo entrepreneur it’s really useful to get out and socialize, and support others in the industry. “When working as a solo entrepreneur it’s really useful to get out and socialize, and support others in the industry. ILEA is the perfect place to meet and work with like minded professionals. Every meeting I go to,  I’m looking to better myself and others around me. If I can refer a new face with an experienced pro, ...
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Castello di Amorosa is renowned for hosting some of Napa Valley’s most impressive events in a distinct style that can only be offered in an authentic 13th century castle. Featuring 18,000 square feet of indoor space and over 8,000 square feet of outdoor space; unique venues at the Castello include outdoor terraces, wine caves, hidden rooms, an opulent dinner hall and an expansive courtyard. The space you select will be filled with sophistication and artisanal craftsmanship, as well as a touch of royalty. At the center of our hospitality is our award-winning wine portfolio. Our wine education events typically begin with our Spumante del Castello, a classic ...
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