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Our Chapter History

ILEA Minneapolis-St. Paul is the only chapter in the international organization to be recognized as International Chapter of the Year SEVEN times (2020-2021, 2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2009-2010, 2006-2007, 2005-2006 and 2022-2023). Through the enriching networking and continuing education of our monthly programs, and the creativity and innovation of our leadership, our dynamic chapter is recognized as leaders for the special event industry.

Chapter Awards + Milestones

Since its establishment in early 2008, ILEA Cleveland has been a thriving force within the event industry, providing a dynamic platform for event professionals to grow, collaborate, and excel. With a strong membership base of over 100 dedicated individuals, ILEA Cleveland has become a vital community for event professionals in the Cleveland area.

At ILEA Cleveland, we understand the evolving nature of the event industry and the importance of staying up-to-date with the latest trends, techniques, and strategies. Our events are carefully crafted to address the unique challenges and opportunities faced by event professionals in the 21st century. Through a diverse range of topics, our members have the opportunity to learn how to effectively market their businesses, explore green and organic options for sustainable events, embrace and accommodate different ethnic and cultural traditions, and gain insights into upcoming industry trends.

One of the hallmarks of ILEA Cleveland is our commitment to fostering collaboration and connectivity among our members. Our chapter consists of a diverse array of professionals representing various sectors of the event industry. From wedding planners to corporate event organizers, social event specialists to venue owners, vendors to caterers, and entertainment companies to event services providers – our members encompass the full spectrum of event expertise within the Cleveland community.

By joining ILEA Cleveland, you become a part of a vibrant network that thrives on the grit and hardworking mentality that defines Cleveland. Our events provide invaluable opportunities to not only develop and enhance your skills as an event professional, but also to connect and network with peers in the industry. The power of collaboration and building relationships is at the core of our community, fostering growth and opportunities for all involved.

If you haven’t yet had the chance to experience the unique benefits of attending an ILEA Cleveland event, now is the perfect time to join us. The opportunities for professional development, networking, and inspiration are boundless. Our upcoming events page showcases our exciting calendar of events, and we encourage you to explore and register for the events that resonate with you.

At ILEA Cleveland, we are passionate about empowering event professionals and elevating the standards of excellence within our industry. Our chapter serves as a catalyst for growth, creativity, and innovation in Cleveland's event community. We invite you to join us on this exciting journey, where you can expand your skill set, forge valuable connections, and contribute to the ever-evolving landscape of event excellence.

Don't miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to thrive as an event professional and be a part of the thriving ILEA Cleveland community. We eagerly await your presence at our upcoming events and the opportunity to witness your personal and professional growth.

  • John Bibbo

  • Susan Miga

  • Mo Patterson

  • Deb Hermann

  • Laura Hoffman

  • Matt Radicelli

  • Nick Borelli

  • Rachel Fuller

  • Scott Pickel

  • Vince Iannaggi

  • Amy Williams, CSEP

  • Gail Palmer, CSEP

  • Nina Parson

  • Ryan Harmon

Past Chapter Presidents

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