ILEA Connects Grand Rapids

Starts:  Apr 16, 2024 11:30 AM (ET)
Ends:  Apr 17, 2024 12:30 PM (ET)
Associated with  Michigan Chapter

Join ILEA Michigan for our 3rd annual ILEA Connects Conference as we head to Grand Rapids for the first time! ILEA Connects is our take on a dynamic event conference specifically designed for event professionals.

Industry experts will engage with us in a range of topics that will not only make us better in our business, but also in life. And if top notch education isn't enough to entice you, the networking will be invaluable!

We arrive at the Harris Building in downtown Grand Rapids to a wonderful lunch before diving into an afternoon full of education.

Dinner is on your own and allows plenty of time to explore all that Grand Rapids has to offer, but the fun doesn't stop there as we reconnect in the evening for an afterglow at the Ballroom at McKay that everyone is sure to be talking about the next day!

In the morning, we will come together for a round table session to break down everything we learned the day before, how to implement it in our everyday lives, and what we can do to continue to learn from our peers.

Don't forget to snag a grab and go lunch and make any final connections with your new (and old) friendors before leaving this amazing city!

You won't want miss this opportunity to elevate your event skills and meet some fantastic event professionals to collaborate with!


On Sale Now! Purchase tickets here

Member: $155 

General: $200


Unleashing Productivity, Organization, and Strategic Planning Mastery

Kristen Seaholm

Owner, KS Experiences

The Run of Show - An Event Planner's Best Friend

Beth Schnabel

Director Strategic Events, CFCU

How to Run an Agency - What's in Store for #agencylife in 2024?

Patrick Crosson, CMP, DES

CEO, PC Events & Experiences

Current ILEA Chicago President


Tuesday, April 16:

11:30am Registration Opens at The Harris Building

12:00 pm Lunch

12:45 pm - 5:30 pm Meeting & Speaker Presentations

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm Dinner on your own in Grand Rapids

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Afterglow at the Ballroom at McKay

Wednesday, April 17:

9:00 am - 11:30am Goal Setting and Round Table Discussions

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Grab and Go Lunch & Networking


Hyatt Place Grand Rapids/Downtown


Includes breakfast

$38/night Parking fee

Book directly via hotel:


Want to do more than just attend?! Sponsorship opportunities are available starting as low as $350 and are a great way to get your name in front of attendees while also supporting ILEA Michigan. Please email for more information!



The Harris Building
111 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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Emily Bosh Garner