ILEA On-Demand Content Library

ILEA Education Portal Collaboration with Meetings Professionals International (MPI) provides ILEA members with curated education based on the ILEA Core Curriculum. The extensive list of educational opportunities includes topics such as finance, business, risk management, safety and security and more. Full access to the portal is included in ILEA member dues.

Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum is comprised of Key Competencies designed to provide consistent educational frameworks for learning about the special events industry, presented in a standardized format, with content outlines that have been identified and vetted by industry experts within each discipline. Recognizing the need for differences in learning levels and cultural considerations, the outlines allow for local variations while adhering to international standards.

Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) 


When you earn your Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP) designation, clients looking to hire the best of the best will see your commitment to the profession; know you have top-notch creative event ability and a track record of professionalism and success.

You will earn a prestigious designation that carries with it a sense of personal accomplishment and demonstrates your professional competency.

Enrolling in the CSEP program entitles you to CSEP-only events throughout the year for additional insight into topics that address critical areas of your event business.


Get On-board for Mindful Meetings

Nov 20, 2018 11:00am

0.2 CSEP Points | ILEA Core Curriculum: Event Planning - Development
1 Clock Hour | Domain A:  Strategic Planning

Health & Wellness initiatives are an important and growing aspect to meetings and events. Meeting planners understand intimately the level of stress that comes with the territory and science tells us that “stress is a killer”. In this session, learn how to be proactive in shifting this reality individually and for the client by weaving a tapestry of mindfulness practice, personally and within meetings. Incorporating this significant tool as a foundational offering within meetings and events will set the stage for an optimally successful program across the board. Empirical data shows corporations have come to understand the significant value in well-being initiatives within their companies, not only for the culture and harmony that benefits the organization, but also to the bottom line.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn why mindfulness training should be the foundation of any wellness initiative
  • Explore “What is Mindfulness?”
  • Learn how mindfulness training and practice impacts company culture & benefits bottom line
  • Review examples of successful Mindfulness programs within meetings and the impact for attendees.
  • Understand the benefits of Mindfulness programs and practice to the individual personally
  • Explore the benefits of Mindfulness programs and practice to the individual professionally
  • Understand the value that Mindfulness within meetings and events provides the client
  • Understand the significant takeaway of providing a Mindfulness program within a technology-driven world
  • Tap into the stillness and have an experiential takeaway
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Be Unforgettable by Speaking Authentically

Nov 6, 2018 11:00am

0.2 CSEP Points | ILEA Core Curriculum: Business Development
1 Clock Hour | Domain I: Marketing

All too often, meeting and event professionals find courses telling them how to be or what to say - or selling a model to use for “xyz.” The reality is, if you want to be unforgettable and show up powerfully in any interaction, the content of those interactions needs to be sourced from within you – in a way only you can execute. Learn practical, easy techniques and tools of self-mastery, which can be employed to empower your speaking and your way of being to make you unforgettable in every interaction.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the power of being your true self in every interaction
  • Examine your current communication style and way of being
  • Discover techniques to be authentic in your speaking
  • Explore the three practices of self-mastery
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Signs of the Times

Oct 30, 2018 11:00am

0.1 CSEP Points | ILEA Core Curriculum: Event Decor - Development
0.50 Clock Hours | Domain A: Strategic Planning

For years, meeting professionals have used event signs for directional and informational purposes, helping participants navigate event spaces and the experiences therein. Increasingly, however, they’re leveraging these signs to transform meeting spaces into brand experiences, to create a sense of place and to achieve education or networking objectives. Review best practices in sign design and production and identify trends that can create a real wow for attendees around the world. Consider traditional uses, sense of place, sign strategy, the science behind signs and a roadmap for sign success.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discover best practices around leveraging signage at your events to benefit the
    attendee experience
  • Learn the science behind color selection and sign placement
  • Find examples of sign usage that will inspire your imagination
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  • Lori Pugh Marcum, CMP, CMM, HMCC, CED, Head of Meeting Innovation, Meeting Professionals International

“Project Management” – Working the System!

Oct 23, 2018 11:00am

0.2 CSEP Points | ILEA Core Curriculum: Event Planning - Pre-Production
1 Clock Hour | Domain B:  Project Management 

Event success relies more heavily on effective planning than it does on execution. With key principles of effective project management tools and communications strategies in play, you’ll not only assemble the right team, but you’ll communicate effectively, keep them motivated, stay on track, and working in sync. Join us for an interactive facilitated discussion about principles, people, productivity, planning, and practical tips to create a system you can implement.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the key principles of project management and steps involved
  • Understand how people and resources influence the plan
  • Learn how to apply easy-to-use cloud tools to work more efficiently
  • Implement new communications methodologies and strategies to your next project

This Session Graciously Sponsored by Aventri

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  • Lisa Meller, CMP, CIS, CED, Director of Global Sales & Events, Meeting Expectations

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Lead with a Story

Oct 17, 2018 8:30am

0.2 CSEP Points | ILEA Core Curriculum: Business Development

Whether you’re trying to set a vision, lead change, inspire creativity, teach important lessons, market a product or service, or sell your ideas, storytelling can help you do it better. But only if you know how to do it right. Learn how to become a more effective leader through storytelling.



How to Work with and Lead People Not Like You

Oct 16, 2018 8:30am

0.2 CSEP Points  | ILEA Core Curriculum: Business Development

Working with someone who’s different from you can be tough. Different people may not see eye-to-eye. They may have vastly different approaches to work. Cultural backgrounds and norms can differ. This straightforward but fun session will show you how to respect differences and be more effective in your role.



Understanding and Eliminating Workplace Harassment

Oct 11, 2018 2:00pm

0.2 CSEP Points | ILEA Core Curriculum: Business Development

The Events Industry Sexual Harassment Task Force presents its first webinar. The webinar is sponsored by AWE, IMEX, MPI and SITE, content support is provided by MPI and is hosted by Martin C. Lowery of OpusVertex International, LLC. In the wake of the MeToo movement, addressing workplace harassment has never been more important or more timely. The webinar defines workplace harassment with an interactive session, reviewing different types of sexual harassment and giving participants a chance to make judgment calls on a variety of scenarios and mini case studies. The webinar also covers strategies for curating events and work environments to mitigate issues of harassment in the workplace. Follow the conversation on social media using hashtag MeetingsToo.

This recording is provided by:

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  • Martin Lowery, Leadership Consultant & Executive Coach, Opusvertex International, LLC

Understanding The Silver Tsunami and In-Person Gatherings

Oct 2, 2018 11:00am

0.2 CSEP Points | ILEA Core Curriculum Event Planning - Development
1 Clock Hour | Domain D:  Financial Management

Meeting and event planners are searching for ways to reach and engage the 110 million people over 50 in the US. While the generation control 70% of disposable income and represent 50% of consumer purchases, they are often left out of traditional marketing and advertising targets. To understand this huge audience Next For Me publishes a weekly newsletter and has been hosting events across the country to discuss work, finance, and what’s next.

In this webinar Next For Me founder Jeff Tidwell discusses what they have learned in the past year and how it can be applied to your business.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the issues facing this large market segment and how to apply those findings to your marketing mix
  • Learn techniques for getting their attention in a noisy market environment
  • How to lead with work, community and next stage aspirations
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How to Market Yourself and Communicate Your Value Effectively

Sep 25, 2018 11:00am

0.2 CSEP Points | ILEA Core Curriculum: Business Development
1 Clock Hour | Domain I:  Marketing

Mastering winning skills in marketing yourself and communicating your value as an event planner is the key to your success and growth in the meeting planning industry.  Value needs to be articulated, framed and communicated effectively, as part of a purposeful relationship management with senior leadership and C‐Suite.  Learn practical and effective strategies for marketing yourself, branding your value and communicating the value of the meetings you plan. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the power of winning value communication strategies
  • Explore the powerful impact of communicating our value on our overall growth and success
  • Master using the VALUE model toward effective communication of your value
  • Discover the three steps of purposeful relationship building with senior leadership and C-Suite
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STRENGTHEN Everything You Write

Sep 18, 2018 11:00am

0.2 CSEP Points | ILEA Core Curriculum: Creative Services - Development
1 Clock Hour |  Domain I: Marketing

(Additional alignment with Event Planning - Pre-Production and Creative Services - Pre-Production)

Meeting planning professionals spend lots of time communicating, often in written form. Poorly written messages can be hurried or unclear, cause a need to double back too often. Beware! Mistakes in writing can affect your reputation and credibility as well as your productivity.

This webinar with Barbara McNichol serves as an insightful refresher for using fundamental writing skills well. Fun and interactive, you’ll focus on specific techniques to improve everything you write.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Write more clearly with fewer words: Whack Wordiness
  • Employ a planning tool to set objectives
  • Tap into the Power of 3 in your writing
  • Use parallel structure to add rhythm and cadence
  • Punctuate and proofread with fresh eyes before sending it out
  • Differentiate between commonly misused words: Word Trippers

Plan to come away with easy-to-apply techniques that will maximize your time, prevent embarrassing mistakes, and strengthen everything you write. And you’ll reap the benefits every day (not everyday)!

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