Leadership Team

Meet the ILEA Board of Directors!


Jessica Claar

ILEA Leadership Position:
Director, Membership

1. What's Your ILEA Story?

I've been in the events industry for over 10 years, but primarily in the higher education setting. As I became more involved in the Philadelphia wedding scene, I knew I needed to break out of only knowing the higher ed world, and learn more about the corporate special events industry. I found ILEA through a google search, did some research, and decided to join in May of 2016. Eager to get involved I emailed the board offering to volunteer for ANYTHING they needed. My first assignment: check-in at 2016 Liberty Awards. I got to meet every.single.person. that walked through the door that night. Everyone was so friendly, so encouraging of my desire to become involved, and really affirmed that ILEA is a supportive network of peers where you can learn and be mentored. Next thing I knew I was running for and had been elected to the board as Director of Membership, and its been a crazy ride ever since. The connections I've made have been useful in my higher ed career, and also my wedding coordination work, and I know that I have a network of people that I can call for advice, assistance, and support.

2. Describe your Leadership style in 3 Words. 


3. If you could choose 1 song to play every time you walk into the office, what would it be? 

Dorothy: Raise Hell

4. What's your biggest piece of advice for those considering joining ILEA?

Don't just come to meetings. Get involved; volunteer; join a committee. You gain from ILEA what you put in, and your experience will be so much more fulfilling when you go beyond the surface. 



The Mission of ILEA is to educate, advance and promote the special events industry and its network of professionals along with related industries. Learn more.

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