ISES Live®: From Nassau to Seattle

When the first ISES Live was announced back in February, we were promised something new, something different for the events industry. The event, which was at Atlantis, Nassau, Bahamas, was billed as the new international event designed for the creative event professional. It was established to deliver an inspirational experience that would provide a platform to stimulate ideas and share knowledge with other creative professionals from around the world. The content and design of ISES Live was to be inspired by thought leaders from a range of creative industries, including event planning and production, film, fashion, music, marketing, art and design.

So, did ISES Live deliver on its promises over its three days in the Bahamas? Debbie Bueckman, DMCP, ISES Live 2013 Education Chair, believes it did that and more.

“We had more than 300 attendees from all over the world, which made it a truly international event, and we were able to broadcast elements of the conference live to thousands of others who weren’t able to be there,” Bueckman says. “The education, which was always going to be the foundation of ISES Live, was particularly successful, with diverse sessions allowing on-demand learning at the attendees' discretion and pace.”

Planning for ISES Live 2014 has already begun with Seattle announced as the host city, a natural choice with Seattle’s reputation for creativity, innovation, arts, culture and technology. Melissa Jurcan, CSEP, is director of sales, marketing and communications at Seattle-based Seafair and a member of the International Board of Governors of ISES. She believes ISES Live 2014 will build on last year’s success.

“Seattle will enable us to move ISES Live to the next level in 2014,” Jurcan says. “We are fortunate to have a number of iconic businesses based here, including Microsoft, Amazon and Starbucks, all of which provides us with the opportunity to draw on some great content, as well as inspiration for our attendees. Seattle is also a very accessible city, which again is important for our delegates, who come from all over North America and around the world. Add to that the great climate in August, outstanding locally sourced food and wine, and, of course, world-famous coffee, and you can see why ISES Live 2014 is going to be something very special.”

ISES Live takes place at The Westin, Seattle, Aug. 18-20, 2014. Learn more at