Our monthly meetings alternate between networking/social and networking/educational formats. Educational programs vary depending on the topic, and may include a keynote speaker, panel of experts, workshop or other interactive learning experience. Topics range from personal development to business interests to industry-specific subjects. Whether it’s learning about contracts, special effects, current industry trends, accounting practices or special events marketing, you will find that you always leave a meeting with a greater understanding of the industry.
Breakfast Club / Happy Hour / Seminars
Several times a year, ILEA Atlanta offers networking and education opportunities outside of monthly meetings. The 'Breakfast Club' series is geared towards the event professional that loves to get education in before the work day begins at 9:00am. While our 'Happy Hour' meet ups are the perfect opportunity to make new industry connections while networking over cocktails. Breakfast Club, Happy Hour and special seminar events are offered at special prices to ILEA members and costs are specific to each particular event.
Industry News & Conferences
The annual ILEA International conference, ILEA LIVE, is held in varying cities each August, offering track-based educational workshops with education led by global specialists, networking and showcase events.
ILEA International’s partner trade publication is Special Events Magazine. This publisher hosts the international conference The Special Event each January. This conference includes a large exhibit floor, education, networking and showcase events.
ILEA Atlanta offers scholarship opportunities for both of these conferences at various times during each year. Click here for more information on scholarship opportunities for the CSEP and other opportunities.
Other Industry Education Opportunities
The following educational institutions in the Greater Atlanta area offer event management and hospitality courses as undergraduate or continuing education programs. Please check individual school websites for details.