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Event Leadership Institute
"They provide online, on demand education for event professionals. [Their] goal is to empower and educate event professionals and give them the tools and resources to create, plan and execute better events."
Professional Meeting and Event Organizations and Associations
The Hospitality Department encourages students to join a professional organization. Organizations listed by the Department that offer student memberships are marked with an asterisk below.
Association of Meeting Professionals
"Meeting planners and suppliers. Promotes professional advancement of members. Conducts educational programs; keeps members abreast of industry developments."
Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR)
"For 30 years CEIR has been highlighting the importance of exhibitions in today's business environment. CEIR produces primary research studies that prove the effectiveness and efficiency of exhibitions as a marketing medium."
Connected International Meeting Professionals Association
"Meeting planners, incentive organizers, travel agents, tour operators, and seminar organizers in 42 countries. Works to improve the skills of professional conference and convention planners."
Event Industry Council
"Provide[s] a forum for member organizations to exchange information on global trends and topics, promulgate excellence in best practices and guidelines, collaborate on industry issues and advocate the value of the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events industry." See their list of members to find even more meeting industry associations
Event Service Professionals Association
Formerly called Association for Convention Operations Management. "ESPA is dedicated to elevating the event and convention service profession and to preparing members, through education and networking, for their pivotal role in innovative and successful event execution."
Exhibit Designers and Producers Association
"Firms designing and building exhibits for trade shows and museums. Conducts educational and research programs. PROGRAMS: Cost-Savings Benefits."
Events Industry Council: Centre for Sustainability & Social Impact
"The Centre for Sustainability and Social Impact is a representation of our vision, mission, and values. It is dedicated to providing globally-relevant resources that champion the adoption of sustainable and socially impactful practices"
*International Association of Exhibitions and Events
"Organizers of more than 20,000 exhibitions and buyer-seller events around the world are members of IAEE, and the organization advocates and promotes the awareness of face-to-face exhibitions and events as the primary medium for business development and growth. IAEE provides relevant, timely and innovation education to its members and the industry."
*International Live Events Society
"founded in 1987 to foster enlightened performance through education while promoting ethical conduct." See their Professional Conduct and Ethics
Meetings and Conventions Online
"Since 1965, Meetings & Conventions magazine has been helping meeting and event planners in corporations, associations, incentive houses and independent planning companies excel at their jobs and effectively manage their careers."
*Meeting Professionals International
"Meeting planners, full meeting consultants, and suppliers of goods and services. Works to: improve meeting method education; create an open platform for research and experimentation"
*National Association for Catering and Events
"Encompasses all aspects of the catering and events industry. Dedicated to promoting career success for its members and the professionalism of the industry,"
*Professional Convention Management Association
"PCMA represents more than 6,100 meeting industry leaders from 16 chapters in the United States and Canada. Our members include planner professionals, suppliers, faculty and students."
Society of Government Meeting Professionals
"Our mission is to enhance and promote the expertise of government meeting professionals. Our objectives are to improve the quality of, and promote the cost-effectiveness of, government meetings"