Member Benefits

Benefits of Membership

Being successful is about the investment you are willing to make in yourself. Investing in ILEA through membership and involvement offers you a host of benefits for professional development and recognition through strategic alliances, as well as access to an unparalleled network of event professionals around the world.

Career Enhancement

Through our monthly programs, you will learn about industry topics and trends that will help you gain relevant skills to grow your knowledge base. These programs offer great opportunities to network with local event professionals who can become your event partners on future projects. As a member, you will receive members-only benefits including discounted access to these programs and first communication of new local industry job postings.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Educational opportunities are not limited to local monthly meetings. You have the opportunity to attend the ILEA Live Conference, ILEA international education conference held each August at a member-only rate. Here you can experience hands-on training, well-known industry speakers and educators, networking, and more at this annual international conference.

Membership also automatically includes a free subscription to Special Events Magazine every month for the entire year.


As an ILEA member, you gain recognition as an industry professional. Your name and company will be listed on the ILEA international website so that future clients and ILEA members can find you and the services you provide. You are able to submit your work for award recognition both locally, for the ILEA Minnesota Star Awards, and internationally, for the ILEA Esprit Awards. Gain your Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) designation, the hallmark of professional achievement in the special events industry, and truly set yourself apart in the field.

Strategic Alliances: Discounted business services and exclusive savings

ILEA members receive discounts for a number of special event business services including FedEx, DHL shipping, Alamo, Staples, EarthLink Web Hosting and Shaker Group, Inc. 

Miscellaneous Activities:

Each year we have a variety of one-time volunteer opportunities that provide you with an easy and non-lengthy way to be active in the chapter. Some recent activities have included:

  • Award Judging:
    Each year, we judge the awards entries for another ILEA chapter and need the help of many of our members to get all of the judging done. Communications will go out about dates and times—but, the judging generally takes place in late January/early February.
  • Program Host:
    Each month, we look for a member or ILEA supporter to host our monthly educational program. This person will work closely with the Programming Committee to establish the details for the monthly program.

International Involvement:

The ILEA international leadership teams are responsible for providing the vision and plans across all chapters. The Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter has been honored by having some of our local leaders asked to serve at this higher level.