• Education at ILEA Conference to Offer Actionable Takeaways

    POSTED July 18, 2018

From August 16-18 Denver, Colorado will be filled with creative, event-centered minds from all over the world. The International Live Events Association (ILEA)'s 2018 conference, ILEA Live, is offering live events professionals and event business owners an exclusive opportunity to focus on business strategies, creative output, inspiration and trends.

ILEA’s annual conference offers interactive education sessions and workshops in a variety of styles, including peer-to-peer learning, hands-on opportunities and multiple interactions. Attendees can pick and choose their desired sessions, giving them a customized experience for the professional growth, and they don’t just leave with head knowledge. Through ILEA’s education program, attendees can earn education credits as well as walk away with practical strategies and ideas for to implement for their business. This year, ILEA Live is offering in-depth workshops on certain topics including storytelling, spaces, and small business solutions. Featured keynotes will include:

  • William Espey, the branding visionary for Chipotle Mexican Grill, who will the creation of a brand experience and discuss how transcendental motivation can create consumer engagement beyond a single transaction.
  • Rodrigo Espinosa, Vice President, Head of Latin America + Growth & Development, North America, George P. Johnson Experience Marketing, who will discuss the customer experience across different sectors of the economy and methods for embracing adaptation in the rapidly changing live events business.
  • Brent Mather, the award-winning Design Principal for Gensler Architecture, who will discuss how to craft innovative solutions that are functional and differentiate talent in the marketplace.

This educational, collaborative experience will be an opportunity for creative event planners/producers, event business owners and live event suppliers learn about everything they need to produce a memorable event, from technology to member growth to vendor relations to creative collaboration.

“As a business owner in the events industry, I’m excited about the dedicated time ILEA Live provides to meet hundreds of live event professionals to build industry relationships, get inspired, and take new strategies back to my business to implement immediately,” says Ingrid Nagy, CSEP, ILEA president.
For information on schedules, speakers and sessions, visit ilealive.com

There is not denying that something big has happened with Colorado’s culinary scene over the past decade. Throughout the state, from the Front Range and mountains to the Western Slope, creative chef/owners, research and development chefs for catering companies and resort executive chefs are using loads of local ingredients and shaking up menus and atmospheres in unexpected and delightful ways.


Luxury guest ranch C Lazy U Ranch recently won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the third year in a row and simultaneously announced the appointment of Certified Level II Sommelier Elise Blann. Blann will work closely with Executive Chef Dennis Kaniger at C Lazy U to select the perfect wine for each meal. The dining program specializes in regional ranch cuisine, such as Rocky mountain trout, rosemary rack of lamb and aged western beef.


Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center recently announced the addition of Director of Food & Beverage Saddiq Mir and Executive Chef Fabian Ludwig to its culinary team. The resort destination is set to open in late 2018 and will feature a wide variety of F&B options, including a steakhouse, a sports grill, a sushi bar, a cocktail lounge and multiple coffee and quick bite spots.