It's gonna be hawt!


for event professionals in San Antonio, TX


cutting-edge workshops, innovative speakers & a fiery community

Event Dates

August 8-11, 2023

Event Location

St. Anthony Hotel—A Luxury Collection
300 E. Travis Street, San Antonio, TX


ILEA Ignite, hosted by the ILEA Southwest Region, is a three-day event in San Antonio, Texas, from August 9-11. Experience cutting-edge workshops, hear from innovative speakers, and connect with a passionate community. Reignite your passion with interactive sessions, creative activities, and sizzling performances. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of ILEA Ignite and set the event industry on fire!

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Meet Our Speakers

ILEA Leadership Training


Tickets are on sale now! Get yours here! Don’t miss this opportunity to attend.


The Esprits are often referred to the “Oscars” of the live event industry.


Book your room at the historical St. Anthony—LBJ honeymooned here.


This is going to be a very hot event; join us as we heat up San Antonio like never before!

Know Before You Go

Dress Code

Texas is hot!! And that is especially true in August when we can experience multiple 100° days in a row. Bring cool, moisture-wicking clothing, comfortable, walking shoes, and your swimsuit! The St. Anthony Hotel has a rooftop swimming pool that gives you visual access to the San Antonio skyline. So bring your poolside clothing and accessories too. This is a must-see!

We also recommend bringing a reusable water bottle. Hydration is key in the Texas heat and humidity!

  • August 8th – Pool Side Party – Attire: Cool & Casual or Swimwear
  • August 9th – Leadership – Attire: Business Casual
    • Welcome Party/Dine Around – Attire: Summer Casual
  • August 10th – Day of Education – Attire: Business Casual
    • Esprit Dinner and Celebration – Attire: Old Hollywood Glam ( we will have to walk 2.5 blocks)
  • August 11th – Farewell Brunch – Attire: Come As You Are!


All of the following event locations do provide ADA accessibility:

  • St. Anthony Hotel
  • Aztec Theatre
  • Lambermont Events
  • Devils River Whiskey Distillery
  • Canopy by Hilton


Valet parking is provided at the St. Anthony from $39/night. There are also many city-owned and privately-owned parking lots within walking distance from the St. Anthony Hotel.


Join us for an unforgettable experience in San Antonio! With just one price, you’ll get full access to three action-packed days of powerful connections, education, and celebration. Our event offers a unique opportunity to connect with your event community, ignite your mind with innovative ideas, and celebrate with industry professionals.

Aug 8, Arrival
Registration Opens | Cascade Room | Poolside Welcome Meetup | St. Anthony Rooftop Pool/Cascade Room

Aug 9, Leadership:
Powerful Connections! Designed for ILEA Leadership to connect about hot topics, hot buttons, and best practices to run a successful chapter. Incoming leadership members are encouraged to attend.
Welcome Party:
We’ll have a hot, happening party at Peacock Alley in St. Anthony Hotel to welcome everyone to beautiful San Antonio.

Aug 10, Day of Education:
Day of Education- Heat up the conversation with a day of education featuring innovative industry speakers and educational seminars. The discussions will ignite your mind and spark a flame for innovation.
Esprit Awards and Celebration:
Live and in-person, the Annual Esprit Awards are back! Join your nominated friends and colleagues for an awards dinner and afterparty in San Antonio.

Aug 11, Farewell Brunch:
Farewell Brunch with good food and sizzling entertainment.


Individual Esprit Ticket only

+$15.19 Fee | Price will not change,
Esprit Awards Celebration ONLY
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ILEA Member-Full Registration-Early Bird

+$35.31 Fee
Includes All Events: Leadership, Welcome Party, Day of Education, Esprit Awards, Celebration and Farewell Brunch
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Non-ILEA Member-Full Registration-Early Bird

+$42.02 Fee
Includes ALL Events
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Farewell Brunch

Farewell Brunch Only
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Event Housing

St. Anthony Hotel-A Luxury Collection.

The St. Anthony Hotel is a historic 10-story hotel in downtown San Antonio. Built in 1909, it was considered one of the most luxurious hotels in the United States and hosted a wide range of film stars, royalty, and other famous guests. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The St. Anthony was the first luxury hotel in the city. All the rooms had mahogany moldings and furnishings and telephones, Half of the rooms had private baths. It also featured doors which opened automatically, and electric lights that turned off when the patron locked their hotel room door. It was so technologically advanced that it was considered among the world’s most modern hotels. The hotel also featured a richly appointed bar and lounge named “Peacock Alley”, added in the 1930s.[4] The hotel’s St. Anthony Club restaurant also became well known for its excellent food. In 1915, the owners doubled the capacity of the hotel to 430 rooms. (wikipedia)

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Canopy by Hilton 

We’re next to the San Antonio River, right on the River Walk. The Alamo, La Villita Historic Arts Village, and San Fernando Cathedral are a half-mile away. Market Square and the convention center are within 10 minutes of our door. Our Domingo Restaurant offers all day dining, and we have a bar.

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Full Schedule

Tuesday, August 8th

Wednesday, August 9th

Thursday, August 10th

Friday, August 11th

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

We do have sponsorships available still! If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Dona Liston at [email protected].

About us

Join us, August 9-11th, for three blazing hot days filled with ILEA leadership classes that will set your mind ablaze, networking opportunities that will ignite your connections, and an ESPRIT awards ceremony that will leave you burning with excitement.
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Event Location

  • Event Location
    300 East Travis Street
    San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
  • Contact Us: Registration Questions
    Dorita Hatchett [email protected]
  • Contact Us: Day of Education Questions
    Armando Seledon, CSEP, Southwest Regional VP [email protected]
  • Contact Us: Speaking Questions
    Vanessa Vass [email protected]
  • Contact Us: Sponsorship Questions
    Dona Liston [email protected]


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