Message from the President

Message from our Chapter President

Dear ILEA Hampton Roads Members and Future Members,

A new decade brings with it new opportunities and new adventures.  As we move into 2020, I want to thank everyone who has contributed their time and energy to the success of the Live Events Industry over the previous years.   Looking into the future our opportunity to further the education and diversity of our industry starts now.    We need to reach out to industry leaders to mentor and share their expertise with those just getting started so that we can continue to build the Hampton Roads event community to a higher standard.

Our growth and success is dependent on YOU as part of our community.  Whether you are a seasoned professional or a student, your knowledge and talents are valuable, now is the time to become more involved. ILEA has several committees that exist within this organization and are the fastest way to connect with your peers. Put your membership and your knowledge toward serving in order to strengthen your relationships within the Chapter and beyond, while showcasing your talents. 

The next year may also see some changes and that should not be stifled but embraced and allowed to develop so that together we can continue to build GREAT events and GREATER event professionals.  Your feedback is vital but your participation in critical to collaborate and grow new ideas.  We will bring you educational meetings as well as networking opportunities during our monthly meetings to open the doors to new networks and deeper understanding of our industry. It is up to you to build on that education and networking but we are here to help you. 

I look forward to serving the ILEA Hampton Roads Chapter this year and work alongside our Board of Directors. We hope to see you at a meeting or event soon!

Barbara Barrington
ILEA Hampton Roads

The history of ILEA International

ILEA, formally the International Special Events Society, was founded in 1987 to foster enlightened performance through education while promoting ethical conduct. ILEA works to join event and meeting professionals to focus on the "event as a whole" rather than its individual parts. ILEA has grown to involve over 5,500 members active in over 51 chapters throughout the world. The solid peer network ILEA provides helps special events professionals produce outstanding results for clients while establishing positive working relationships with other event colleagues.

For over 25 years ILEA has been a valued and trusted partner in the events industry. An industry that generates over $200 billion for the global economy and supports over four million jobs.

ILEA members are regarded as the very best in what they do, creating a powerful and influential community of event professionals around the world, working together to find new ways to communicate through the power of live events.

As our association continues to expand and engage, reaching new audiences and markets around the globe, so the ILEA brand continues to evolve. Today, we have a new brand vision and story to tell our clients, colleagues, suppliers and partners. ILEA is changing. We are launching our new vision to become a community of creative event professionals. A community that values creativity as part of our culture and our spirit. A community that is looking to the future with confidence and anticipation, and looking back at our achievements with pride.