I believe that being part of our industry associations is critical to the continued success of our industry as a whole. As levels of education and certification build credibility inside and outside the industry, and recognition is achieved for successful events and contributions to event platforms, this all adds up to a greater breadth and depth of expertise available to clients.ILEA is about primarily connecting with like – minded event professionals, not only in our local communities, but around the world, and as we support each other, success will continue to be achieved, no matter what the world throws at us for challenges – from disasters to disastrous economies, together we are stronger. For me personally, it is about bringing energy to our community, and being able to connect with colleagues at industry events. Highlights this past year have included Ian Waddell speaking of how to reach your own summit, a fascinating man and a gripping Everest story, and Andrea Michaels, an industry icon whose down to earth presentation was authentic and inspiring. If you are truly serious about being an event professional, ILEA is an excellent organization to find both people and resources that you will benefit from, enjoy and grow with.
Director, Creative and Production for Cantrav