The International Special Events Society (ISES) is comprised of over 7,200 professionals in over 38 countries representing special event planners and producers (from festivals to trade shows), caterers, decorators, florists, destination management companies, rental companies, special effects experts, tent suppliers, audio-visual technicians, event and convention coordinators, balloon artists, educators, journalists, hotel sales managers, specialty entertainers, convention center managers, and many more professional disciplines.

What Does ISES Mean?

Professional Development and Certification Affiliation with local chapters provides education and idea exchanges. ISES provides an opportunity for members to stay on top of industry trends through educational programs, the annual conference ISES Eventworld, and other ISES-sponsored classes. ISES offers accreditation through the Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) program.

ISES honors industry excellence through its prestigious awards program, the ISES Esprit Awards. The Esprit Awards fuel a spirit of competition within designated categories. The categories within the Esprit De Corps Awards recognize the best and most creative within the special events industry. Esprit Awards gain global visibility and recognition for ISES members through general participation.

The Vision
Dedicated and Educated to Deliver Creative Excellence and Professionalism in Special Events.

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

To that end, we strive to…Uphold the integrity of the special events profession to the general public through our "Principles of Professional Conduct and Ethics"

Acquire and disseminate useful business information foster a spirit of cooperation among its members and other special events professionals, and… Cultivate high standards of business practices.

What's In It For You?
ISES will deliver more value to all stakeholders and higher levels of member satisfaction. Our mission has commenced but we’ve only just begun.