International Live Events Association Recognizes Eight 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 April 2019 testing window.

Liz Bakunovich, CSEP, Epicurean Catering & Events, Detroit, Michigan*
Rachel Cullari, CSEP, HP Inc., Palmyra, Pennsylvania
Chloe Hice, CSEP, Hillcrest Country Club, Indianapolis, Indiana*
Nela Kovacovic, CSEP, Timewise Event Management, Edmonton, Alberta*
Carrie Lauck, CSEP, The Happy Hour Hostess, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Chelsea Lawrie, CSEP, River City Events, Edmonton, Alberta*
Dana Macaulay, CSEP, Sonoma County Vintners, Santa Rosa, California*
Larisa Morales, CSEP, San Antonio Detours, San Antonio, Texas*
*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 eight individuals have demonstrated the knowledge, skills and ability essential to perform all components of a special event,” said Sara Grauf, CSEP, ILEA President. “They have raised the bar of professionalism and expertise in the live events industry and I am proud to welcome them into the global CSEP community.”

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 next and final exam window in 2019 is 15-30 October. Applications and payment are due 1 September at

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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