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E.L.I. Classes: What's on Tap for Fall 2014

A look at the Event Leadership Institute's fall courses available for current and prospective event and meeting professionals.

September 10, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

Registration is now open for the Event Leadership Institute's fall professional development courses. Brush up on your technical production knowledge, get an in-depth look at the role of events today, or learn what skills are needed to become a successful event designer. With the exception of the Launching Pad, all courses qualify for CMP. credits and offer the opportunity for students to earn digital credentials.

Event & Meeting Management Fundamentals
Kevin White, founder and chief strategist, XPL
Location: Online
Duration: 10 weeks
Start date: Week of September 15
More information and registration: here
If you're looking to become an event or meeting planner, or if you've been planning events for a while but never got proper training, this is the ultimate course for you. Here you'll get a thorough understanding of how events work, why people and companies host events, how the industry is configured, and how to strategically plan and coordinate a typical event from A to Z.

Event & Meeting Management Fundamentals
Nicole Halton, director of corporate events, ABC Television
Location: Convene at 101 Park Ave., New York
Duration: 12 weeks, Mondays 6:30-9 p.m.
Start date: Monday, September 29
More information and registration: here
The same general content as the online course, now available in person. Students will also get an opportunity to apply their skills and plan an upcoming E.L.I. Maverick Series event, gaining hands-on experience, building industry contacts, and adding a high-profile event to their portfolios. In addition, four to six industry leaders will join the class as guest speakers.

The Launching Pad: Starting Your Own Event Company
Howard Givner, executive director, Event Leadership Institute
Location: Online
Duration: 6 weeks
Start date: Week of September 29
More information and registration: here
Recently gone out on your own, or seriously thinking about it? Feel like you've got the event planning part down pat, but not so sure about your business skills? Whether you're a relative novice who's exhibited a flair for events, or someone with decades of experience looking to start your own firm, this course will provide you with the tools and skills you need to build a strong foundation for your company's success.

Wedding & Event Design
Lindsay Landman, president and creative director, Lindsay Landman Events
Location: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Start date: Week of October 13
More information and registration: here
Today's designers are pushing the boundaries of design further than ever, incorporating food and beverage, entertainment, technology, and branding into their designs for a holistic approach. And they're doing a more thorough job of getting to know their clients' goals and styles to create a customized concept that meets their needs. This course will give you a detailed education on the key strategic and tactical skills needed to succeed as a designer in today's fast-changing event industry.

Wedding & Event Design
Erin MacDonald, creative director, Platinum Events
Location: Grind, 2 North LaSalle St., Chicago
Duration: 8 weeks
Start date: Week of October 28
More information and registration: here (A free information session to learn more and meet the instructor will be held October 9 at Grind.)
The same general content as the online course, now available in person, featuring behind-the-scenes field trips to local design vendors and venues, industry-leading guest speakers, and lots of hands-on experience applying the concepts learned in class.

Technical Meeting & Event Production
Brandt Krueger, consultant
Location: Online
Duration: 4 weeks
Start date: Week of October 28
More information and registration: here
Do you know how many lumens your projector should be? Or whether your lighting vendor is correct in using PAR fixtures instead of Lekos to light the podium? Regardless of your experience level, if your audiovisual proposal looks like a foreign language to you, you're not alone. This course—which is designed for meeting and event professionals, not for audiovisual personnel—will empower you to understand what kind of gear, staff, and set up your event actually needs to function properly, look right, and be cost-effective.

Disclosure: BizBash is an investor in the Event Leadership Institute.

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