International Live Events Association (ILEA) Recognizes Five Certified Special Event Professionals (CSEP)



The International Live Events Association (ILEA) proudly recognizes the following event professionals who recently earned the Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) designation in the July 2019 testing window:

Sammerleigh Becchetti, CSEP, Salt River Project, Phoenix, AZ

Robert Brown, CSEP, McLean Community Center, Washington, DC

Theresa Lind, CSEP, Hart School, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Rachel Podolsky*, CSEP, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Luna Tolunay*, Fun Planners, Orlando, FL

*indicates ILEA member

ILEA endorses and manages the voluntary CSEP program for those who meet established standards. The CSEP continues a remarkable progression as worldwide recognition of the live events industry continues to evolve. Now more than ever, professionals within the industry recognize the CSEP as an influential designation for the education and the promotion of professional ethics and standards. Earning the CSEP designation demonstrates a continuous dedication to enhance individual and professional performance, and ILEA is honored to recognize each of these new recipients on earning this distinguished credential.


“These five dedicated individuals have gone above and beyond in their live event career, and have showed the skills, knowledge, innovation and expertise necessary to earn the CSEP designation,” said Jennifer Trethewey, CSEP, ILEA President. “They have worked incredibly hard for this title, and I am very excited we are adding the talents of five new CSEPs to the industry.”


To remain relevant in an ever-changing live event landscape that includes a growing demand for qualified live event professionals, the ILEA Board of Governors, in collaboration with the CSEP Certification Committee, are embarking on a year-long journey to review and enhance the CSEP exam, beginning January 2020.


The enhanced CSEP exam will address:

  • Modernized system for test taking, including offering remote proctoring
  • Simplified system for grading that offers a faster return of scoring for candidates
  • Enhanced data collection for analysis
  • Annual exam development that includes writing new questions and reviewing the current performance of the exam
  • Increased access to the exam worldwide


More information about CSEP program enhancements is forthcoming.

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