The International Live Events Association (ILEA) was founded in 1987 to foster enlightened performance through education while promoting ethical conduct. ILEA works to join event professionals to focus on the “event as a whole” rather than its individual parts. ILEA has grown to involve nearly 7,200 members active in 49 chapters throughout the world. Membership brings together professionals from a variety of special events disciplines including caterers, meeting planners, decorators, event planners, audio-visual technicians, party and convention coordinators, educators, journalists, hotel sales managers and many more. The solid peer network ILEA provides helps special events professionals produce outstanding results for clients while establishing positive working relationships with other event colleagues.

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Overview: ILEA NY Metro Chapter

The NY metropolitan area is host to the most events, the most high-profile events, and the most event industry professionals of any city in the world. Our ILEA chapter, founded in 1988, has supported the local members, and the industry at large, through cutting edge educational programs, dynamic networking events, partnerships with tangential associations, and a peer-to-peer support system that helps our members grow their businesses and their careers. Our year-end Big Apple Awards recognizes the best local events and service providers, and inducts the senior-most professionals into our Hall of Legends. We invite you to join us as our chapter expands in new areas, in lock-step with the expansion of the NY metro area’s outstanding and diverse events.

Mission Statement

The Mission of ILEA is to educate, advance and promote the special events industry and its network of professionals along with related industries.

To that end, we strive to…

  • Uphold the integrity of the special events profession to the general public through our “Principles of Professional Conduct and Ethics”.
  • Acquire and disseminate useful business information.
  • Foster a spirit of cooperation among its members and other special events professionals.
  • Cultivate high standards of business practices.


“Our membership in ILEA is one of our most effective business development tools. Besides meeting and interacting with industry professionals we might not otherwise have the chance to meet, we have built relationships with clients that we never would have developed without ILEA. Our revenues are many times our dues. We are not just seen as a vendor, we are a trusted advisor and colleague”. – Paul Neuman, President, Neuman’s

“ILEA has been an integral part of my career transition into the Special Events Industry. My active involvement in the NY Metro Chapter has enabled me to build several key relationships that have directly resulted in freelance work. And, my election to the Board of Directors has absolutely elevated my profile in the industry allowing me to liaise with leaders in our field that I would not otherwise have access to”. Beth Eisgrau-Heller, Independent Event Planner

About CSEP

Do you have a desire to become more marketable to employers and clients? An interest in obtaining a designation that illustrates your experience, professionalism and creative events industry acumen? Earn your CSEP and set yourself apart from the competition.

The CSEP designation is the hallmark of professional achievement in the creative events industry. It is earned through education, performance, experience, and service to the industry, and reflects a commitment to professional conduct and ethics.

Please click here to learn more about the CSEP designation and to take the first step toward advancing your career.