ILEA International Honors Creativity and Innovation in the Events Industry with the 2021 ILEA Esprit Awards
(McLean, VA, USA, August 18, 2021) — The International Live Events Association (ILEA) presented the 2021 ILEA Esprit Awards — honoring creativity and innovation in event design, production, and execution — during a dynamic virtual program on August 13. Every year, the ILEA Esprit Awards recognize excellence in events of varying types, sizes, and budgets across more than two dozen categories and subcategories. In recognition of the challenging year that meetings and events professionals all over the world endured, ILEA for the first time opened the ILEA Esprit Awards program to the entire community of events professionals and events industry organizations — and added five new categories to recognize their inspiring accomplishments:
- Best Corporate Social Responsibility
- Best Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative
- Best Hybrid Event
- Best Industry Adaptation
- Best Virtual Event
“The ILEA Esprit Awards are one of our signature programs for a reason,” said ILEA International President Corinne Kessel, CSEP. “Every year they spotlight the work of some of the most dedicated and talented event professionals in the world. They show us what’s possible when you bring people together, and that’s a message everyone needs to hear right now. Congratulations to all of this year’s ILEA Esprit Awards recipients!”
The 2021 ILEA Esprit Awards Celebration was powered by CORT Events and presented with the generous support of ILEA In-Kind Partners Allseated exVo, AOO Events, and Endless Events; and featured entertainment provided by Circosphere Entertainment, Innovative Entertainment, JL Imagination, and Pop Fiction and virtual photobooth provided by Memories in an Instant.
“The ILEA Esprit Awards are our Oscars — every year our entrants submit amazing entries raising the bar on competition, and this year was no exception,” said ILEA Esprit Awards Committee Chair JC York. “We had a fantastic program that connected our global community and celebrated the amazing accomplishments of all our honorees. We can’t wait to do it all over again next year!”
Find a complete list of 2021 ILEA Esprit Awards recipients here.
The International Live Events Association (ILEA) is a global community of thousands of creative event professionals whose skills, expertise, and experience power some of the most recognized and respected live events around the world. ILEA advances the live events industry by creating an inclusive global community dedicated to personal and business development, and inspiration to elevate all professionals engaged in live events. ILEA’s events, education resources, and certification program provide members with exclusive opportunities for collaboration, thought leadership, and idea-sharing. For more information, visit ileahub.com.