Member Benefits

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Maximizing Your ILEA Membership

In today’s demanding world, pleasing our clients’ companies has become more and more challenging. ILEA brings you the resources and benefits to your fingertips. See below to see how we can support you and how to maximize your ILEA membership.

Not Yet a Member?

Join ILEA Napa-Sonoma to access benefits like complimentary Sip & Learn session, complimentary Networking Mixers, discounts and more! Learn more about Member Benefits and how to join!


Local Networking in Napa and Sonoma

Networking is one of the primary reasons we join and why we stay members for many years.  Our local chapter is a great way to meet industry colleagues in the Napa-Sonoma area.  Our local chapter is a fantastic way to volunteer and become recognized within Napa-Sonoma special events industry as a leader. Local Networking Mixers are complimentary for ILEA NSC Members.

Networking Across the World, or 10 Miles Away

ILEA Napa-Sonoma members also can register to attend events in sister chapters across the world.  Connect with other chapter membership throughout the world for limitless resources. Whether it is at a Napa-Sonoma program, through the member forum, or various social and networking opportunities at ILEA Eventworld, we guarantee you will connect with first-rate special event professionals through your ILEA membership.

Affinity Discount Programs

Special offers for members provide savings on high quality products and services while simultaneously supporting the efforts of the association. The programs offer members competitive pricing and special savings on a variety of premier products and services, including business management products, car rentals, and shipping. Members: More information HERE.


Napa-Sonoma ILEA Chapter Programs and Events

Our local chapter hosts educational programs several times a year as focused gatherings for the purpose of education, information-sharing and idea exchange. Members receive discounts on event registration on Educational Programs. Networking Events and Sip and Learn sessions are free for ILEA NSC members. 


An Institute for Professional Development. With education, recognition and one huge celebration, ILEA presents ILEA LIVE each year to shine the spotlight on the industry.


Learn how exceptional creative event professionals improve and extend their achievements and drive continued innovation in the industry with ILEA’s Esprit Awards and Spirit of Excellence Awards.

CSEP Certification

Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) designation is the hallmark of professional achievement in the special events industry. It is earned through education, performance, experience, and service to the industry. It is recognized and respected worldwide. The CSEP can make you more attractive to potential clients and employers by demonstrating that you are the best professional you can be.


Live Events Showcase

The remarkable events produced by ILEA members are showcased on ILEA’s website. Members can submit their events here.

ILEA Communities and Forum

Member communities provide ILEA members a forum to discuss hot topics, business practices, risk management, and many more issues affecting the special events industry.

ILEA Membership Directory

Because of its structure, the ILEA Directory is an excellent peer-consulting tool, with members cross-referenced with their areas of expertise. The directory also includes advertising which provides you with exposure to our 5,000+ members worldwide. 

ILEA Education

ILEA Webinars are an ILEA members-only benefit but may occasionally be offered to non-members as well. Each webinar will focus on a specific theme: Business Growth, Marketing & Trends, Operations or Education & Certification.

ILEA Career Center

ILEA online career center is devoted to helping special event professionals and employers find the perfect match for professional development.

ILEA Special Events Magazine

You will receive a complementary subscription to Special Events Magazine which features the latest trends and contains great educational articles.


Global Benefits

  • Get access to the wisdom of a broad member collective who plan and execute over 1 million special events each year –the brightest, most accomplished creative event professionals in the industry who execute some of the world’s most recognized live events.
  • Experience stimulating ideas and knowledge sharing with other creative event professionals from around the world at the annual ILEA Live conference.
  • Establish your professional network and connect with new business opportunities by getting involved in one of ILEA’s 53 international Chapters
  • Learn how exceptional creative event professionals improve and extend their achievements and drive continued innovation in the industry with ILEA’s Esprit Awards and Spirit of Excellence Awards.
  • Receive up-to-date deadline information for the Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) designation—keep updated on all of the information needed to gain your CSEP designation and show potential employers or clients that you are committed to the craft.
  • Use the ILEA Member Directory to find and connect with fellow creative events professionals around the world for advice and support.
  • Find resources, toolkits and tip sheets to grow your new client pipeline, increase revenue and manage the day-to-day tasks of running a business – available only to ILEA members.
  • Take your job or candidate search in the right direction by exploring the ILEA Career Center.
  • Save on high-quality products and services that add value to your event with the ILEA Discount Programs.
  • Eligibility for Referral Program