About Us

What is ILEA?

The International Live Events Association (ILEA) is comprised of over 5,500 professionals in over 50 countries representing special event planners and producers (from festivals to trade shows), caterers, decorators, florists, destination management companies, rental companies, special effects experts, tent suppliers, audio-visual technicians, event and convention coordinators, balloon artists, educators, journalists, hotel sales managers, specialty entertainers, convention center managers, and many more professional disciplines.

ilea vision

Our vision expresses our place in the world. It captures our reason for being and defines our direction as an association.

WE ARE THE PRINCIPAL ASSOCIATION REPRESENTING THE CREATIVE EVENTS PROFESSIONAL, GLOBALLY

ilea Values

Our brand values are a set of principles that we believe in; that define who we are, what we do, and how we do it. Our brand values also help us to craft what we say and how we say it. Each of our values are communicated internally throughout the organization and carefully explained. We tell people what our values mean to them and how they can share them.

Our Core Values Are:

CREATIVITY

INSPIRATION

TEAMWORK

EDUCATION

RELATIONSHIPS

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, and…

  • Cultivate high standards of business practices.

ilea History

The International Live Events Association (ILEA) was founded in 1987 to foster enlightened performance through education while promoting ethical conduct. ILEA works to join professionals to focus on the "event as a whole" rather than its individual parts. Membership brings together professionals from a variety of backgrounds and professional disciplines. The solid peer network ILEA provides helps special events professionals produce outstanding results for clients while establishing positive working relationships and resources with other event colleagues.

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