January 30 – February 1, 2018
Conference: January 30 – February 1
Exhibits: January 31 – February 1
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center • New Orleans, LA

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AfWPi is an international community of wedding and special event professionals, providing marketing resources and exposure to members, education opportunities, and support for the wedding industry. More info, visit afwpi.com


NACE CPCE Fast Track Study Review Seminar
Part 1: January 30, 2017 – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Part 2: January 31, 2017 – 9:00 am – 1:15 pm

The CPCE designation is the catering and event industry’s most prestigious professional certification. Now open to a wide range of event professionals! Prepare for the CPCE exam with the Fast Track Study Review Seminar. All attendees are welcome to participate in the seminar. For exam info, visit nace.net/cpce.


The International Live Events Association (ILEA) is the home for more than 5,000 special events industry professionals working in 50-plus individual disciplines within the meetings and events community. From event designers to event producers to every imaginable type of event supplier, ILEA serves as the key continuing education provider and business networking link for all parts of the special events industry. ILEA counts membership on five continents and operates more than 50 local chapters throughout the world. ILEA developed and administers the Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) certification – the recognized standard of excellence in special events. We deliver special event continuing education through live, virtual and hybrid seminars and workshops in addition to two annual conferences that attract a global attendee base. Visit www.ileahub.com to learn more about the benefits and services we offer to all special events professionals.

MPI Gulf States Chapter

MPI Gulf States Chapter, founded in 1997 in New Orleans, LA is the Gulf Coast’s #1 resource for the meeting and events industry. www.mpigulfstates.org. Meeting Professionals International (MPI), founded in 1972, is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide. Learn more at www.mpiweb.org.


The National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) is the first non-profit, national association for caterers, event planners and event professionals dedicated to providing education, certification and a network of resources for members in all segments of the hospitality industry. For more info, visit nace.net.


The Student Event Planners Association (SEPA) is a national, professional organization that caters to millennials in the event planning and hospitality industry. Our mission is to develop student event planners into professionals by providing an outlet for members to gain knowledge and experience, develop skills, and network. Learn more at studenteventplannersassociation.com.


WIPA - The Wedding Industry Professionals Association was launched in 2008 as a non-profit association that brings together talented wedding professionals from all over the country. Our goal is to advance our members professional education and lead the country as the primary source of expertise in the wedding industry. Visit www.wipa.org.