Professional membership

An ILEA Membership instantly offers you and your business countless opportunities for professional development and nationally recognized certification, as well as excellent networking events that help you connect with the area’s best event professionals. Gain the extra edge needed in your business to create events that far surpass your client’s expectations, and positively impact your portfolio. If you are looking to learn, to connect, to be inspired, to belong and to be a part of something exceptional – join ILEA today! To read more about the benefits and opportunities as a professional member of ILEA Hampton Roads, click here.


1. Networking and relationship building – create strong, referral-based relationships with fellow Hampton Roads event professionals.

2. Certification, award & scholarship opportunities – earn professional recognition through our Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) Program, submit to win an ILEA Espirit Award, and apply to win chapter awarded scholarships to national conferences like ILEA Live and/or The Special Event (TSE).

3. Gain relevant industry related education by attending our local monthly meetings and learn more about a wide range of topics while visiting new venues all over the Hampton Roads area.

4. Receive an online listing at and, and gain even more exposure for you and your business with our social media platforms.

5. Receive discounts at FedEx, Alamo and Budget Rental, Turbo Tax, Microsoft Office, Quicken, Adobe and more to help you grow your business.

6. With your membership, you will receive a complimentary subscription to Special Events Magazine and ILEA's new digital magazine LIVE!

5 clicks to an ilea membership

1.    Go to

2.    Click on “Join Us Today” within the homepage. 

3.    Click on “ILEA USA” [or corresponding country/student] in the Membership Application box on the right side of the page.

4.    Proceed through the application to enter your contact information to become a member of ILEA.

5.    Submit your membership dues online or to ILEA Headquarters.

That’s it!  That’s how easy it is to become a member.