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Quick Tips for Event Planners:

Your event needs stuff. You’ll need a designer who knows how to use this stuff to create an event that will not only wow your guests but also create a lasting impression. Decor is a staple in successful event planning and execution. How you choose to decorate is one of the best ways to customize your space, as well as connect your theme or mood to guests. Decor also gives you opportunities to engage guests and deepen the connection between them and your organization. An Event Designer should be able to guide you through this process and assist you in creating an event that is impactful and successful.    - See more at: 

Chapter Slate

It is time to appoint those leaders who will guide and direct ILEA Minneapolis St. Paul Chapter for the next 12 months, beginning on July 1, 2017

Please find the proposed slate for the ILEA Minneapolis St. Paul Board and Chapter Officers.  

Regarding the election:

All members of ILEA should take time to consider this proposed slate by the ILEA Minneapolis St. Paul Nominating Committee.  As an ILEA member, please participate in this important process. 

If you would like to petition this slate, 20% of the voting chapter members (must be a full ILEA member as of 4/19/2017) need to petition the Nominating Committee by the deadline in order to change the elections to a ballot.  All petitions should be sent to Christie Altendorf no later than April 27, 2017. If you do not respond to this slate it is automatically assumed you vote in favor of these Nominees. 

Please submit any petitions to the Slate to Christie Altendorf via  If you have any questions on the slate please call Christie Altendorf at 612-238-4012.



The ILEA Minneapolis St. Paul is now electing its 2017-2018 Officers and Directors. The following names represent the nominees as presented to you by the Nominating Committee, comprised of Dawn Dacut, Meghan Gustafson, and Amy McMonigal. 

According to the Bylaws of the Society, the Chapter must have at least the number of Directors totaling one more than the number of Officers (TOTAL of 13). Directors serve two year terms, with one half being elected in odd numbered years and one half being elected in even numbered years. Chapter Officers serve on year terms.

OFFICERS                              NOMINEES

President                                      Maria Cabrera Hutera, CMP
President-Elect   Gretchen Culver
Rocket Science Events
VP-Membership   Jessica Ruth
Children's Cancer Research Fund
VP/Education and Programs   Sarah Cash-Darvell
Augburg College
VP/Communications   Sarah Johnson
Machine Shop
Immediate Past President
(not for consideration)
  Christie Altendorf
D'Amico Catering
DIRECTORS                          NOMINEES

Director of Membership                    Mark Miller
Director of Administration        Jenna Anderson
Solar Arts by Chowgirls
Director of Programs   Nick Peter
McNamara Alumni Center
 Director of Communication   Hayley Matthew-Jones CSEP
Minneapolis Craft Market
 Director of MN Star Awards   Lisa Marie Borchert CSEP
Thrivent Financial

Director of Sponsorship   Jessica Barrett       
Machine Shop   
Director of Communications   Josh Reitan
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Calling All Talented Event Profs!

As we get into the swing of a new year, it's time to look forward in a number of ways. President Christie Altendorf and the nominating committee will be working diligently over the next several weeks to position the 2017-2018 ILEA MSP Board of Directors and they need YOUR input in order to stock the board with Minneapolis and St. Paul's best and brightest.
If you know someone who has vision, creativity and leadership skills, now is the time to nominate them to join next year's team of incredibly talented event profs. If that ideal candidate happens to be you, self nominations are not only welcomed but encouraged!
All nominations are due by Wednesday, March 22nd to Christie Altendorf at Please also email Christie with any questions you may have at this time.
If you're not ready to commit to a board position just yet, committees for next year will be forming soon and info on how to engage and connect will be coming out soon.


Crisis Plan for Block Events

November 2016 Program Banner

Attendees at our November 18 program Proactive > Reactive: Risk Managment had the opportunity to hear from a distigushed panel of experts regarding what event planners and vendors need to consider when conducting an event. The open dialog format offered the opportunity for a detailed discussion into what was most pressing in the minds of the attendees.

In follow up, Sargent Mike Klukow of the Minneapolis Police Department's Special Events & Dignitary Protection team provided a helpful Crisis Plan for Block Events that is available for download here. Keep in mind that as the security landscape changes, contacts noted on this document may change and, while the document is focused on Minneapolis, many other cities across the US have similar departments which you can contact for details specific to your event.

Down load the Crisis Plan for Block Events here.

Want to know about the permit process required in Minneapolis for Block Events? Check out the city permit website for the most up to date information.

Making an Emergency Action Plan (EAP).


Meghan Gustafson has over 10 years of event experience in the Twin Cities is currently the Event Manager for The Basilica Landmark and The Basilica Block Party.  She is also the Immediate Past President of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter

Meghan's article was fearured on the Twin Cities Buisness website:

With all the major events happening in our market, it is time for us to start thinking about events differently. Do you know what your venue security provides for your event? Will they perform CPR on a guest? Do you know where the AEDs are in the facility? What is the weather evacuation plan? What happens if you find your event caught in civil unrest or an active shooter situation? It sounds dramatic, but this is the world we live in, and by creating an Emergency Action Plan, you and your team can be prepared. No event is too small to have some type of plan to deal with natural or human-caused hazards. As the Event Planner, you are often solely responsible for creating an environment that is safe and secure. Read the rest here.


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