ISES Live 2015 in New Orleans was a blast! Amy Vecchione, ISES NJ North's Immediate Past president and I attended the leadership meetings before the start of the conference this year. The leadership meetings are a must attend for anyone who participates as a volunteer on the board. The meetings help to clarify why we volunteer and assist us to be effective leaders of the chapter.
Wednesday evening, the President's Reception hosted by outgoing International President Kevin White was held at a local high end bowling alley. It was wonderful to network with leaders from chapters all over the world! Leaders who have been members of the International Special Events Society for 10-20 years were honored that night.
The next day was full of leadership meetings and I enjoyed meeting with Chapter leaders from all over the world to share insights and challenges. During the general session, we learned who the winners of the Spirit of Excellence awards were...a huge round of congratulations to all the chapter winners!
Thursday evening we met up with colleagues from the ISES Hampton Roads Chapter and explored Bourbon street. Know that the party atmosphere of NOLA is alive and rockin'! The next day, Amy and I did our own little food tour of NOLA (hello again, Cafe du Monde!) before heading back to the airport! What a whirlwind trip...and totally well worth it! I encourage everyone to attend this excellent conference next year when ISES LIVE 2016 takes over Austin, Texas!