About Us



The International Special Events Society (ISES) was founded in 1987 in response to phenomenal growth in the industry, a growing demand for promoting professionalism, and providing continuing education. ISES is the only international association which serves as an umbrella organization bringing together the many different disciplines involved in the special events industry. In 2016, ISES changed its name to International Live Events Association (ILEA).



The International Live Events Association (ILEA) is a global community of over 4,500 creative event professionals in 27 countries whose skills, expertise and experience power some of the most influential live events around the world.ILEA is a community centered around celebrating all aspects of live event production and management. This enables our members to deliver the very best work to their clients through collaboration, thought-leadership and idea sharing. 

ILEA members include event planners/producers, caterers, meeting planners, decorators, audio-visual technicians, convention coordinators, entertainers, educators, journalists, photographers, hotel sales managers and more. 





The San Diego Chapter, established in 1990, empowers its members to increase their strategic value with industry-related education, professional development, and business growth opportunities.

ILEA San Diego functions as a local chapter of ILEA International and is governed by a member-elected Board of Directors that make all decisions regarding our local events, educational programs, finances, communication with our members, etc. Elections to this board are held yearly and offer either one or two year positions. Furthermore, committees are an alternative to a Board Office and are often used as a stepping stone to board involvement. Committees can vary according to expected time commitment and type of involvement, offering many choices for the individual member.



ILEA helps you get ahead in your career . . .

. . . through your local chapter network. With 49 chapters worldwide, you are able to participate by attending local meetings and education seminars, and receiving chapter newsletters with local industry information & registration. Plus, you’ll meet special events professionals from your region — people who have the potential to become suppliers, clients, and/or partners to your business. A list of local chapters can be found here.

. . . by giving you access to an ever expanding resource library. Expand your horizons — call ILEA Headquarters. We will point you toward the right person, resource or ILEA service. Remember that in any profession, information & registration and advancement go hand-in-hand.

ILEA meets your need for continuing education . . .

. . . through ILEA LIVE, the official publication of the International Live Events Associations. ILEA LIVE introduces you to the latest trends, provides practical information & registration and creative ideas, and lets you stay on top of today’s competitive special events industry.

. . . through the Conference for Professional Development (CPD). Hands-on training, well-known industry speakers and educators, networking, and renewing old friendships and business contacts are just a sample of what this conference offers to you every year.

. . . through ILEA On-Line, a bulletin board service for the special events industry, and the ILEA Web Site. Stay in touch with special events colleagues, seek broad input from industry professionals, access proprietary databases, and more.

ILEA gives you the recognition you want and deserve . . .

. . . the ILEA logo on your business card or in your company’s advertisements and newsletters tells your clients and your peers that they are working with someone who is committed to performing the highest standards of customer service and providing the highest quality of product.

. . . through professional accreditation, the CSEP designation. Becoming a CSEP — Certified Special Events Professional — means you have attained the hallmark of professional achievement in the special events industry.

. . . by participating in ILEA’ prestigious awards program, ILEA Esprit. ILEA Esprit was created to honor the excellence and spirit of cooperation within the special events industry.

. . . by getting your name in print in the ILEA Worldwide Resource Directory. Get your name out to thousands of people worldwide. This type of publicity and resource is worth hundreds of dollars alone. But, as an ILEA member, the ILEA Worldwide Resource Directory is yours free.