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President's Letter


Maria Cabrera Hutera, CMP
ILEA Minneapolis-St. Paul President

Together Is Better

Steve Jobs once said "Creativity is just connecting things” and I truly believe that creativity and connections are the essence of our ILEA community.  We are a global community connecting thousands of creative event professionals whose skills, expertise and experience not only design but also execute some of the most influential live events around the world.  Our community connects event planners/producers, caterers, meeting planners, decorators, audio-visual technicians, convention coordinators, entertainers, educators, journalists, photographers, hotel sales managers and more.  Together, through collaboration, teamwork, innovation, thought-leadership and idea sharing, we are able to deliver the very best work to our clients.  We have amazing professional diversity and talents in our ILEA community and simply stated – together truly is better!

On that note, I would like to thank Past President, Christie Altendorf, together with last year’s Board of Directors, for their hard work.  Their achievements will continue to shape our chapter’s legacy for many years to come. 

To our ILEA members, live events community and 2017-2018 Board of Directors, I am honored to serve as President of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter.  We are entering our 19th year as a chapter and I look forward to the opportunities to rise up together on our journey ahead.    

On behalf of the Board of Directors and myself, we stand committed to providing you with collaborative networking, education, professional development, and inspirational opportunities.  As a valued member and stakeholder, we encourage you to get involved in making a difference in our association by volunteering, sponsoring, joining a sub-committee or providing ideas and feedback to enhance member experiences.    

I am confident this will be a fantastic year and look forward to seeing you at an upcoming ILEA program.  





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Welcome New Members

Jon Young Heroic Productions
Ariel Gutierrez Student
Harvey Johnson Student



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Monthly Program


Tuesday - August 22, 2017
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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Shindig Event Space
105 South 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Is a hectic event schedule plus this summer heat wearing you out?

Well ILEA MSP has the perfect fix!

Escape reality for an evening at Shindig Event Center, one of the newest veneus in downtown Minneapolis. As you indulge in food and drink from the always innovative Blue Plate Hospitality, pause to create some memories with your new networking friends with some of our best local enterntainment vendors. The Slow Motion Booth will capture you letting loose before you move one to have your palm read by Wildflower Mystical Entertainment and find out what the rest of your season has in store.

But the true icing on the exclusive preview of what's to come this 2017/2018 for ILEA MSP!

Parking: 5th Street Towers ($7 after 4pm); 517 Marquette; Nicollet Mall Light Rail station




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Board Member Profile

Sarah Cash-Darvell, CSEP

Senior Event Planner

Augburg College

ILEA MSP Board -VP/Education and Programs


Why did you join ILEA?
I was looking to change career paths and break into the event's industry. ILEA was recommended to me. After my first meeting I had 2 interviews lined up. I ended up being offered one of those jobs and started my event career! 
What do you love about the live event industry?
The adrenaline! I've a very predictable person but found I love the excitement of live events. 
What do you want our membership base to know about you and what you do?
I'm a Senior Event Planner at Augsburg College and love providing interactive and memorable experiences for our college community. I'm also fortunate enough to collaborate with many ILEA partners to make those events happen. 
What was your favorite program?
The Event Producers Tell All at Loring Corners was one of my favorite programs! We had a sneak peek of the hottest newest venue in town, enjoyed some savory bites and heard from 6 veteran event planners. It was a well thought out program and covered many angles. 
What is one fun fact about you?
When I'm not planning events I love playing a little hockey. 



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Thank You to our Strategic Partners!

ILEA-MSP is currently accepting Strategic & Program Sponsors for the 2017-2018 year. Becoming a Strategic Sponsor is a great way to support the events community throughout the year. Your company will be involved with amazing event professionals throughout the year and gain the networking and exposure that comes with helping put on these great events. Contact Jessica Barrett at for more details.




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