November 2018 Print

Upcoming Events

Take advantage of the special “early bird’ rates! Register early to avoid a price increase!

ILEA November Meeting: 
November 14, 2018
Stripers Waterside
333 Waterside Dr
Norfolk, VA 23510

Join us for a unique opportunity of Speed Networking with ILEA Hampton Roads members and amazing entrepreneurs throughout Hampton Roads.  We are excited to be hosted by Stripers Waterside for this special evening of Happy Hour Treats, Education and to Learn about ILEA Involvement Opportunities!  This event is open to ILEA Members, Future Members and Guests.

We'll be collecting non-perishable food items for the local food bank! For more information on the Food Bank contact: Cynthia Roseman at 

ILEA December Holiday Party & Tacky Sweater Contest: 
December 12, 2018
Chesapeake Conference Center
700 Conference Center Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320

We are excited to be at the Chesapeake Conference Center for our annual holiday party and tacky sweater contest!  

ILEA Professional Development Speaker Series: Insurance 
January 8, 2019
S.L. Nusbaum Insurance Agency
500 W. 21st Street, Suite 300
Norfolk, VA 23517

Expect the best, but plan for the worst. This is the first in a series of professional development opportunities being offered this year!

ILEA January Meeting: 
January 23, 2019

More information coming soon!

A special thank you to everyone who came out to the October meeting: Tenting with Bill Cabell, President of Disctinctive Rentals. Thank you Ryan Hinton from Eye Catch Photos for capturing all the fun at our October meeting! Stay tuned for more events like this in the future! 


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Member Highlights

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Want to Get More Involved?

Do you want to get more involved with our chapter? All of our committees are looking for participants, to include our committees for planning our gala and our Knife and Fork competition. If you are interested, please reach out to indicating your interest and you’ll be connected with the appropriate committee chair. Our board will have additional information on committee opportunities at our November event. 

We are looking for raffle items for upcoming meetings- please contact Ashley Fussel at And don't forget to bring cash to upcoming meetings to buy raffle tickets to participate and win some of these great vendor items!

Want to participate in the Grand Illuminations Parade on November 17th? ILEA will be volunteering their time at this fun event and would love your participation. If you're interested in getting more information, please reach out to 

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Updates from Headquarters

Mark Your Calendar for the Next CSEP Application Deadline


Elevate your career by taking the Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) exam.

The next exam application deadline is 1 December. 

The CSEP designation conveys instant credibility when marketing or soliciting new business and is verification of your knowledge, expertise and excellence. Make meaningful connections when you join this elite global community of highly motivated and skilled live events professionals. 

The next exam window is 15-30 January. Apply for the exam and submit payment by 1 December to test during the 15-30 January exam window.

Prepare for the Exam

The ILEA website is packed with resources to help you prepare for the exam including a new webinar from Mary Baird-Wilcock, CSEP: Making the Most of CSEP - How to Prep for the Test and Ultimately, Bring in More Business


Current CSEPs can stay connected by joining our CSEP Facebook Group

Apply for CSEP Exam


Explore the ILEA Communities

This summer, the ILEA Communities received a makeover to make this members-only benefit more efficient for you to connect with other members and find the resources you need to succeed in the live events industry. 

Using the Communities

Learn how to use the Communities or get a quick refresher by watching this webinar. This  recording gives you an overview of how to join, participate, and stay up-to-date with all that's going on in the ILEA Community. 

  • Discuss
    • Have a question only a credible group of your colleagues can answer? Need a place to crowdsource creative ideas? Find solutions by posting a discussion in the Open Forum.
  • Contribute
    • Chat with fellow ILEA members by contributing to a discussion. You can help them find the answers they're looking for. 
  • Find a Friend
    • Use the Communities' Find a Member feature to connect with ILEA members around the world.
  • Join
    • There's a Community for everything - your chapter Community, your Committee Community and Communities for different areas of the live events industry. Search Communities and join in on the conversation. 
  • Resources
    • Explore the Community libraries to find useful resources shared from members and ILEA HQ. Members-only benefits like the new Education Spotlight Series recorded webinars are only available in the Communities. 
  • Chapter Leaders
    • Are you a chapter leader? Connect with other leaders and find important resources within the Chapter Leader community. 


Explore the ILEA Communities

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ILEA Member Perk


ILEA members always receive up to 25% off your rental when you use AWD# D423532, plus enjoy additional offers like dollars off, a complimentary upgrade, or a free weekend day. With a complimentary membership in Avis Preferred®, you’ll travel better, save time and gain access to exclusive offers. Skip the counter and paperwork at many locations and go straight to your car. Visit or call 1-800-331-1212 to make a reservation.

Members, log in to access discount codes and savings information.
Not a member? Join now! 

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