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Supporting Associations


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 to learn more about the benefits and services we offer to all special events professionals.


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

Industry Partners


For more than 10 years, the Academic Event Professional (AEP) conference has offered a forum for sharing best practices and exchanging ideas to help develop and hone professional event skills in an educational environment. With a program designed by academic event planners for academic event planners, AEP provides an invaluable experience where both seasoned planners and newcomers alike can learn from their academic peers. For more info, visit


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


The SEARCH Foundation supports event professionals confronted with a catastrophic occurrence and fosters, develops and promotes educational initiatives for the advancement of the industry. Learn more at


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


SPIN is the only network of senior-level meeting and event planners and industry suppliers. We average around 20 years of experience and our dialogs are different. SPIN members impact personal success through an authentic community that is rich in meeting & event expertise by providing Support, Education, Rejuvenation and Fun. For each other. Whenever they need it. Visit


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