Networking Events

At ILEA Live, networking happens everywhere. In addition to ILEA Live’s educational offerings, the conference provides unique opportunities to connect one-on-one and build relationships during the ILEA Live opening event and other off-site activities. Network with colleagues at several dedicated receptions and evening events which provide ample opportunity to connect throughout the conference. Check back for more information as it becomes available. 

Elevate Your Networking with Cocktail Hour in Colorado

Wednesday, 15 August, 5:30 p.m.
Denver Speakeasy and The 360 at Skyline
435 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO

ILEA Denver invites you to join them for cocktails and conversation at two unique venues in the heart of downtown Denver. Receive a private tour of the wine cellar at the Denver Speakeasy and take in some Instagram-worthy views from The 360 at Skyline. Enjoy entertainment, light appetizers and an urban-chic event space for a night of networking with fellow #eventprofs in town for ILEA Live.

Requires additional ticket purchase.

SEARCH Foundation Event

Wednesday, 15 August, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
200 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80223

Ever wonder why the best in the industry have so much in common? Often they are market leaders, volunteers, philanthropic, and make it all look so easy? We’ll let you in on a little secret - they spend time with others who are also the best at what they do. The author Jim Rohn, wrote that “you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
Here’s your opportunity to join our best and brightest giving back to OUR industry through SEARCH. Because it’s a SEARCH event, you’ll also be doing it in style! Right out of the gate you’ll have the chance to toast your success while listening to live music and creative event design. The night will continue with new inside jokes you’ll be a part of, renewals of friendships that span thousands of miles, and introductions that could take your career to the next level. All this and your ticket price and bidding will contribute to life changing aid to those who need it the most in our industry. 
All it takes to be successful is the right attitude and the right collaborators. You bring the attitude and we’ll provide the best hearts and minds our industry has ever known. See you in Denver!  Learn more.

Requires separate ticket purchase.

Tickets: $65 prior to 1 August; $75 after 1 August

The SEARCH Foundation Event is being hosted by the SEARCH Foundation and is not an official ILEA Live hosted event. 

Opening Event

Thursday, 16 August, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
History Colorado Center
Theme: Cosmopolitan Colorado; Attire: Dress to Impress/Business Casual

Join fellow live events professionals at the History Colorado Center to kick off ILEA Live 2018. The History Colorado Center opened in 2012 in Denver’s Golden Triangle Museum District. An award-winning tourist destination and a hub for learning and entertainment, the Center houses exhibitions, public programs and events, educational programs, and unique rental spaces. Learn more about the ILEA Live 2018 destination by exploring all the exhibits and re-connect with friends old and new over drinks, dinner stations, and surprise entertainment.

Shuttles from 5:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Pick up location: Sheraton Denver Downtown, Court Place Entrance 

Included in full conference registration.


Esprit® Awards Gala

Friday, 17 August, 6:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Wings Over the Rockies
​Theme: Mile High Revelry
Attire: Formal; Black Tie Suggested

Celebrate the achievements of creative event professionals at Wings Over the Rockies. Join us for a glamorous cocktail hour, plated dinner, award presentation, and dancing and music from the Jordan Kahn Orchestra. Black tie optional but encouraged. View the nominees.

Requires separate ticket purchase.

Shuttle from 5:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Pick up location: Sheraton Denver Downtown, Court Place Entrance


2017 Esprit Awards Gala Photo Credit Burnett Photography