On behalf of the ISES Austin Board of Directors, I would like to sincerely welcome you to our International Special Events Society – Austin Chapter. We look forward to helping each of you achieve your professional goals. Whether you are more focused on education, personal growth, or networking with amazing event professionals, we encourage you to become fully engaged and involved! Here are just a few of the things that we would love to share with you about what we offer and how you can get more out of your membership.
We strive to provide the best educational opportunities for our members through several avenues. We have monthly educational meetings that include speakers from all over the country. This year, we will also be including educational roundtables and mentor programs. Add those to our list of power lunches, happy hours, and monthly meetings, and there is a chance for you to learn about our industry and businesses almost every week!
We encourage our members to support each other by sharing their knowledge and working together to make our events industry in Austin the best and strongest! We have online forums and our monthly “power lunches”. Both provide a more intimate format to share experiences, knowledge, and learn.
A big part of our industry is getting to build relationships with others, professionally and personally. We host a free Happy Hour every month to give our members and non-members a chance to network and learn a bit more about what ISES Austin is all about! At the beginning and end of every monthly meeting, there is also time available to chat, mingle, and continue to expand our circle of event professionals.
Awards are fun to receive, especially after all that hard work! ISES Austin is excited to host a glamorous annual awards ceremony, The Austin Special Events (ASE) Awards & Gala, at the end of the ISES year, typically in June. Event sponsors and planners from various meeting are automatically eligible, giving our members a chance to be recognized for their outstanding work on different events throughout the year. Our members are also encouraged to submit nominations for Texas Star Awards, a Texas-sized events award gala, and ESPRIT Awards that are awarded each year at ISES Live! by ISES International.
Committees help to run this growing organization and are a great chance for our members to become involved. A chance to work alongside fellow event professionals and see the inner workings of the organization, any member is welcome to join one of the multiple committees we have available, honing their skills in a specific area or challenging themselves to grow in another area. Our committees include: programs & education, communications, membership, special projects, development, ISES Austin Gives Back and much more. Our committee meetings are typically once a month, one hour before our Happy Hours!
The great thing about the International Special Events Society is that it is an international organization! So, wherever you go, there is a good chance that there is an ISES Chapter that you can reach out to for advice, to look for jobs, or seek out event professionals in the area for specific needs. We also have an amazing local events community that shares ideas and support each other. ISES Austin is dedicated to giving back to the Austin community at large and sharing our talents when the need arises, helping us to become better professionals and individuals.
ISES Ausitn Gives Back
ISES Austin Gives Back is a new initiative that we created as a way for our organization to give back to our city! We believe in helping the city that supports our livelihoods and nourishes our lives. To date, we have helped many local organizations such as Make-a-Wish, Operation Blue Santa, Wounded Warrior and many other local groups. We look forward to continuing to grow this initiative in the 2015-2016 year.
We are so thrilled to be able to contribute back to our own membership; it’s an important part of who we are. We offer many scholarship opportunities for continuous education throughout the year. To date, we are excited to offer scholarships to our annual Day of Education, ISES Live!, CSEP reimbursment, and The Special Event Conference!
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Welcome to ISES Austin! And, if there is ever anything that we can do to help, please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask.
President, International Special Events Society – Austin Chapter 2015 – 2016
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