Our Chapter


The ILEA Los Angeles functions as part of ILEA International. Leadership of ILEA and ILEA LA is organized as follows:

Internationally, ILEA is led by a twelve member Board of Directors. This Board communicates with the local chapters via Regional Vice-Presidents, each representing a geographic segment of the United States. Additionally, International Committees assist the Board of Directors in areas such as conference development, membership and education.

The ILEA LA Board of Directors governs this local chapter and makes all decisions regarding our local educational programs, finances, communication with our members, etc. Elections to this board are held yearly and offer either one or two year positions.

ILEA Brand Story

About ILEA

ILEA History

The International Special Events Society (ISES) was founded in 1987 in response to phenomenal growth in the industry, a growing demand for promoting professionalism, and providing continuing education. ISES is the only international association which serves as an umbrella organization bringing together the many different disciplines involved in the special events industry. In 2016, ISES changed its name to ILEA, International Live Events Association.

Who is ILEA?

International Live Events Association is comprised of over 2,800 professionals in 27 countries representing special events producers (from festivals to trade shows), caterers, decorators, florists, destination management companies, rental companies, special effects experts, tent suppliers, audio-visual technicians, party and convention coordinators, balloon artists, educators, journalists, hotel sales managers, specialty entertainers, convention center managers, and many more . . .

ILEA helps you get ahead in your career . . .

. . . through your local chapter network. With 29 chapters worldwide, you are able to participate by attending local meetings and education seminars, and receiving chapter newsletters with local industry information & registration. Plus, you’ll meet special events professionals from your region — people who have the potential to become suppliers, clients, and/or partners to your business. A list of local chapters can be found here.

. . . by giving you access to an ever expanding resource library. Expand your horizons — call ILEA Headquarters. We will point you toward the right person, resource or ILEA service. Remember that in any profession, information & registration and advancement go hand-in-hand.

ILEA meets your need for continuing education . . .

. . . through ILEA LIVE, the official publication of the International Live Events Associations. ILEA LIVE introduces you to the latest trends, provides practical information & registration and creative ideas, and lets you stay on top of today’s competitive special events industry.

. . . through the Conference for Professional Development (CPD). Hands-on training, well-known industry speakers and educators, networking, and renewing old friendships and business contacts are just a sample of what this conference offers to you every year.

. . . through ILEA On-Line, a bulletin board service for the special events industry, and the ILEA Web Site. Stay in touch with special events colleagues, seek broad input from industry professionals, access proprietary databases, and more.

ILEA gives you the recognition you want and deserve . . .

. . . the ILEA logo on your business card or in your company’s advertisements and newsletters tells your clients and your peers that they are working with someone who is committed to performing the highest standards of customer service and providing the highest quality of product.

. . . through professional accreditation, the CSEP designation. Becoming a CSEP — Certified Special Events Professional — means you have attained the hallmark of professional achievement in the special events industry.

. . . by participating in ILEA’ prestigious awards program, ILEA Esprit. ILEA Esprit was created to honor the excellence and spirit of cooperation within the special events industry.

. . . by getting your name in print in the ILEA Worldwide Resource Directory. Get your name out to thousands of people worldwide. This type of publicity and resource is worth hundreds of dollars alone. But, as an ILEA member, the ILEA Worldwide Resource Directory is yours free.