President’s Letter: Inspiring Chapter Leaders
Thursday, May 24, 2018
by Ingrid Nagy, CSEP
Ah … spring has sprung and I, for one, am excited for summer! I can’t believe it is already the end of May, and soon we will be renewing our memberships. A friendly reminder that your membership renewals are due 30 June, if you haven’t taken care of this already! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to network and be a part of the global ILEA community.
In February, I shared that ILEA was shifting our operational model to welcome all members from Europe, Hong Kong, Middle East, Nigeria, Turkey and the United Kingdom chapters to our community. To continue to build our global presence and relationships with our members in this region of the world, ILEA attended IMEX in Frankfurt last week. We hosted a chapter leader meeting and all-member happy hour meetup to network and get re-acquainted with our live event professionals in the EMEA region. It was a great opportunity for ILEA to elevate our voice, and it is a reminder that building all over the globe is priceless.
The ILEA board met with ILEA EMEA leaders at IMEX. From left to right: Vice President -Education (EMEA), Cornelia Zanger; Regional Vice President (EMEA) Lesley Fair; ILEA Europe President Christian Seidenstücker; ILEA Hong Kong President Hamson Wai; ILEA Executive Director Christie Pruyn and ILEA International President Ingrid Wagner Nagy.
Earlier this month, ILEA wrapped up its cross-country U.S. tour of the Chapter Leaders Summits — an annual gathering for all chapter leaders to prepare for the coming year with tools and resources to effectively lead their chapter. The program included operational updates, best practice sharing, roundtables and a fun evening networking event at a local venue in each city. The feedback received about these summits was overwhelmingly positive. I experienced the enthusiasm and excitement myself at the Chicago Chapter Leaders Summit! You can view photos from the Summits on the ILEA Facebook page. We will connect with our chapter leaders again on Wednesday, 15 August in advance of the ILEA Live conference.
Speaking of ILEA Live, I hope you will join me in my hometown — Denver, Colorado — for the ILEA Live conference, 16-18 August 2018, the principal conference about the business for experiential creativity! On 17 August, we will have our Annual General Meeting. This is a members-only event, and we will provide more updates about the membership pulse surveys, our organization’s financial health and the strategies we’re working hard to put in place to ensure ILEA has a bright future. Don’t forget that the best registration rates expire 29 June! Go to ILEALive.com for more information, including how to book your hotel.
Until next time…
Ingrid Nagy, CSEP