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Industry Intervention - Confront the Real Issues Facing the Event Industry Today

January 17, 2019
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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The Yard - 7th Floor Conference Center
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003
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Industry Intervention

“I planned my wedding and now I’m an event planner!” grumble
Markups and commissions vs. flat fees and discounting. grumble grumble
“We’re a planning firm but we also do floral. And entertainment. And lighting! Oh, and catering, too!!” grumble, grumble, grumble

Get a group of eventprofs together and you’re likely to hear strong opinions on any of the above (especially after a cocktail or two). It’s time to take those discussions out of the bar and into the light of day. 

As an industry, there are other things going on that we need to talk about (the #MeToo movement in events, lack of diversity in senior leadership of major event companies), and as a local DC event community, too (companies outside our region being sourced for major local events, the generational shift as local event pioneers approach retirement).

Kevin Molesworth, CSEP, current president of ILEA Portland and past president of ILEA Austin, will facilitate our crowd-sourced conversation about the state of our industry locally and internationally. As an outside observer, Kevin can help provide insights from different markets and impartially navigate us through the evening. While we can’t solve everything in 90 minutes, we’ll get the conversation going.

This is the one event where you can’t just “get the notes” – you’ve gotta be in the room where it happens.

January 17. Be there.


Thursday, January 17, 2019
6:30 - 8:00 PM

The Yard - Eastern Market
7th Floor Conference Center
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003 

Ticket Information
Member Ticket - $35.00
Non-Member or Guest - $65.00


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About Kevin Molesworth, CSEP

Kevin Molesworth, CSEP accepted a position right out of college working for Robert De Niro's acclaimed Tribeca Productions where he quickly learned the simple rule that, whatever the assignment, you must get it right the first time. Building on that foundation, he went on to become one of the most sought after event designers in New York as well as an award-winning theatrical director and producer. Kevin moved to Austin, TX in 2007 and soon after founded Brass Tacks Events, an event production and design firm. In 2016, an additional Brass Tacks Events office was opened in Philadelphia, PA.  Kevin is the winner of eight Esprit Awards, an eleven-time Texas Star Award winner and was named one of the "25 Young Event Professionals To Watch" by Special Events Magazine. He served on the ILEA Austin Board of Directors as President where he lead the chapter to new heights in membership growth, earning the distinction of being the largest ILEA chapter in the entire world four consecutive years. During his leadership tenure, ILEA Austin was honored with nine Spirit of Excellence Awards including Chapter of the Year three years in a row. Additionally, he served two terms as Vice President of Programs & Education for ILEA Austin and produced 55 educational programs in a single year.  At ILEA Live 2015 in New Orleans, Kevin received recognition for Excellence in Membership Recruitment for personally recruiting 48 new members for the ILEA Austin chapter was named the ILEA International Volunteer of the Year in honor of his dedication and commitment to our association. He served two terms as the Chair of Membership Growth for ILEA International and currently serves as the Chair of the Spirit of Excellence Committee. Over the past several years, he has been fortunate enough to travel all across the US, Canada and even to Dubai as a speaker on topics ranging from creativity and marketing to networking and ethics. When not busy making ILEA bigger and better, Kevin considers himself fortunate to have had the great privilege to produce events for Walt Disney Productions, Target, Make-A-Wish, Major League Soccer and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to name a few. Kevin graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Oswego and holds degrees in Theatre, English and Education.



$35.00 Current ILEA Member

$65.00 Non-Member or Guest