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Behind the Scenes with Kari Strolberg



Introducing ILEA Indiana member Kari Strolberg, CSEP, is a board member for the SEARCH Foundation and will be briefly talking to us about SEARCH at the event! You won't want to miss the silent auction and wine pull benefitting the SEARCH Foundation. We will have some great items lined up for you. Keep reading for a behind the scenes interview with Kari!


What does your company do and what makes is different than others like it?

Detail + Design is a full-service event company.  We can manage your event or décor from concept to completion.  We do everything from social events, to corporate events, to weddings and festivals.  My role in the group is focused on helping not-for-profits create events that meet their fundraising goals and help get their mission out.


What lead you to your current career and how long have you been in the field?

I was a Ball State grad student in Public Relations and my Graduate Assistantship was in events – I fell in love with it and never looked back.  That was 25 years ago.


What is your most memorable event/project? Why?

I always say it is like my children – I can’t pick a favorite.  But that is also why I LOVE events.  Each event is different and unique and always keeps me on my toes.


What is one thing people do not know about you?

I was born and raised in Wisconsin, so I am a Cheesehead.  My favorite event to ATTEND is Milwaukee SummerFest.


If you were not in your current career, what would be your dream job?

Can’t imagine doing anything else.


Anything else we should know about you?

I have planned events in 18 states and 3 countries… and still trying to tick more off the list!


We hope you can join us on June 13th at the Hilbert Circle Theatre!

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Introducing Tim Shurr!


Introducing our May guest speaker Tim Shurr, President of Shurr ! Success, Inc. and author of, Get Out of Your Way! 

Tim is transforming the way leaders, sales professionals, and entrepreneurs communicate with themselves, their teammates, strategic partners, and customers. As an expert in human behavior and communication, Tim has facilitated over 10,000 coaching sessions and discovered how to quickly shift the unconscious habits that hold people back from having a greater impact. His Shurr Success formulas are influencing business professionals, franchisees, and association members around the globe.

Tim’s strategies have been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox News and on numerous radio programs around the country. He’s authored several books and programs including The Power of OptimismGet Out Of Your Way, and Sales Mastery. Tim’s a multi-award winning speaker, serves numerous Fortune 500 clients, provides many keynotes nationally and abroad, and is a TED Talk speaker.


Come meet Tim at our May 16th brunch at Black Iris Estate! 

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2017 PACE Award Winner: Best Use of Space

Introducing our next 2017 PACE Award winner, Nate Bennett with NBE Event Group for "Best Use of Space". See below for the event overview and some photos from this Wanderland Prom!  


Utilizing professional audio systems and intelligent lighting we helped turn a fieldhouse into “A Night in Wonderland” for their Alice in Wonderland themed prom. Because of the large size of the room and tall ceilings it was important to make the venue feel more intimate. The committee draped fabric across the arena to create a false ceiling. Placing four vertical totems around the dance floor helped to create the center of the action that would draw students in while the on-stage lighting created effects around the room. Our customized projections around the room helped to fill the space with themed imagery which assisted the committee in saving money on decorating expenses.












Join us for the 2018 PACE Awards on Friday, April 20th at Forum Conference and Event Center. 

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2017 PACE Award Winner: Best Wedding/Social Over 100k

Introducing our next 2017 PACE Award winner, Monica Richard with Mon Amie Events for "Best Wedding/Social Over 100k". See below for the event overview and photos from this beautiful wedding!  





A European inspired wedding rich with opulent food, color and family history, the wedding of Michele and Scott, one of the industry’s own, was a labor of love for the planner because she had worked with this couple on a professional level many times. The team consisted of 12 ILEA members and each was selected by the couple because of their dedication to their skillset and work ethic over the years.
When the industry’s own get married, it’s always an honor to be part of the wedding celebration team. The bride and groom own a lighting and production company so they have seen many spectacular things over the years. When it was time for their own wedding celebration, they hired a wedding planner so they could hand over their vision to their professional friends and enjoy the weekend with their guests. They asked for a wedding which included their deep European family history and to be decadent with food offerings from around the globe. They wanted their guests to feel as though they had escaped to Europe for the evening, so the location for the ceremony and reception had to evoke a European flair, which was found at a private estate available for events.
The celebration was filled with warmth, decadence and laughter as their family, friends and colleagues joined Michele and Scott for an evening of joy almost 30 years in the making. The location, the food, the entertainment and Scott’s tartan all completed the celebration they wanted.

Join us for the 2018 PACE Awards on Friday, April 20th at Forum Conference and Event Center. 

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2017 PACE Award Winner: Best Event with a Legacy

The 2018 PACE Awards are just around the corner! With so many great vendors and teams from our 2017 PACE Awards, what better way to get excited for this year than to showcase some of those winners. See below for the “Best Event with a Legacy”, which went to Forum Conference and Event Center!

The event was called “Water is Life”, presented by the Fishers Rotary Club. The Water Is Life Project served over 130,000 people in 130 rural villages by bringing clean, sanitary water to Sierra Leone. Thanks to all the donations over the years they are serving clean lifesaving water to 2% of Sierra Leone’s total population – which means they are saving potentially 1,000’s of lives each year.






Join us for the 2018 PACE Awards on Friday, April 20th at Forum Conference and Event Center. 



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ISES Indiana Student Membership!

The International Special Event Society (ISES) is looking for student involvement! Are you interested in special events, social events or weddings? Want to connect with a phenomenal worldwide network of professionals and amazing education opportunities? Then you need to join ISES! Start making the right connections today in the Indy Event Industry with your student membership at $50.00 per year!

5 Clicks to an ISES Membership

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the “Join Us Today” within the Homepage. You can also click on “Log In or Join” in the upper right hand corner of the website.
  3. Click on “ISES USA” in the Membership Application box on the right side of the page
  4. Proceed through the application to enter your contact information and become a member of ISES.
  5. Submit your membership dues online or to ISES Headquarters. Send the required proof as a full or part-time student at a two or four-year College/University program with an unofficial transcript or signed Statement by Program Coordinator/Instructor


That’s it! That’s how easy it is to become a member. Student Memberships are $50.00 per year and can be held for a maximum of two years (additional years beyond two will be addressed by ISES International and the schools’ Program Coordinator). Student members must be enrolled as a part time or full-time student in a recognized certificate or degree program. Student members are encouraged to get involved with the chapter by volunteering ten hours to their chapter per year, helping with chapter meetings and event registration, mailings and other chapter business such as coordinating chapter community service and special projects. If you have questions about the process or would like to learn more about membership, contact Katie Putnam or Kate Edwards at Check out the ISES Indiana Website for upcoming events.

Now that you are a member, now get involved! We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.    Sincerely, Your Indiana Board of Directors

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