A Letter from our Chapter President - John Marte
Dear Event Enthusiasts,
I hope this message finds you all in high spirits and eager anticipation for what lies ahead. It brings me immense joy to write this letter to each and every one of you, our vibrant and diverse community, with an invigorating update on the exciting journey we're about to embark upon together.
Fresh off the heels of an exhilarating experience at the 2023 ILEA IGNITE Conference, the fervor and strength of our event family have never been more apparent. It's undeniable – we're stronger than ever, and we're ready to paint the world with our passion and creativity.
Just recently, we came together to celebrate the spirit of unity and excellence at our signature induction ceremony, The Big Apple Celebration. Faces old and new, seasoned and fresh, converged in a dynamic mosaic of event professionals. This convergence is the embodiment of what makes ILEA extraordinary – a seamless blend of tradition and innovation, a celebration of our shared journey.
From the invigorating discussions at our board retreat, it's crystal clear that the collective at the helm right now is exactly what our times demand. We're a team of go-getters, each rolling up our sleeves and stepping up to every challenge that comes our way. But, my friends, there's one thing we can't do without – and that's you. Yes, you reading this very message.
Our theme for this year is a rallying cry that echoes our essence: #TogetherWeGoFurther. We're here to extend our arms to welcome back familiar faces, and we're excited to invite new perspectives and ideas into our vibrant fold. The event industry faced its trials during the pandemic, and many event pros charted new paths in new roles and industries. But remember, ILEA stands as a beacon of support amidst change. We're here to lend our hand, our guidance, and our vibrant community to fuel your journey.
Our focus for the NYC Metro chapter is to broaden our horizons, and that's where you come in. We're creating opportunities that reach far and wide – imagine bringing a plus one without any cost, suggesting speakers who inspire you for our panels, and joining us for marquee events that promise to be nothing short of spectacular. Not to mention, we're throwing open the doors to casual and joyful social happy hours with little to no cover charges.
Now, imagine this year with more of you, your friends, and your colleagues by our side. We're taking steps to make our membership portal more accessible, so you can join our ranks with ease. If you haven't already, connect with any of our dedicated board members to be added to our mailing list. And, don't forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook, where we're unveiling the exciting events we're crafting for this term – events you absolutely won't want to miss!
Let's make this year a symphony of shared success stories, connections that resonate, and events that linger in our hearts. Your presence, your ideas, and your passion are the ingredients that will make this journey unforgettable.
Here's to a year of unity, celebration, and unstoppable momentum. You're not just invited – you're an integral part of the magic we're creating.
President, ILEA - NY Metro Chapter, 2023-2024