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The Event Leadership Institute offers a variety of solutions for your group training & professional development needs, whether you’re looking for a simple training solution or a comprehensive, completely customized learning plan.

Scroll down to learn about our event industry group training options.

On-Demand Library Annual Subscription

Allow your team to learn whenever and wherever it’s most convenient for them. Our Netflix-style library features over 180 on-demand video classes that are divided into bite-sized hyper-focussed lessons, making it easy to fit learning into your team’s busy schedule.

Independent Study Professional Development Courses

Our multi-week online Professional Development Courses provide a comprehensive deep-dive into key event topics such as Event & Meeting Management Fundamentals, Technical Meeting & Event Production, Venue Sales Accelerator, Fundraising Event Management, and more.


You pick the topic and work with us to define your key learning outcomes, and we secure a reputable and knowledgeable event industry leader to present your employees a private webinar, complete with a dedicated interactive question and answer period.

Customized Video Content

Need educational material that the Event Leadership Institute hasn’t developed yet? Starting with a discovery survey, we’ll determine your team’s unique training needs and work with you to create educational content that meets your goals.

Virtual One-On-One Coaching & Mentorship

Provide your team direct access to top minds in the industry through our one-on-one coaching and mentoring sessions. We’ll match your team with an ELI instructor or mentor who can provide qualified advice and guidance, helping them to advance in their roles.

On-Site Workshops and Seminars

Bring the Event Leadership Institute to your team, either at your office or your own venue for in-person workshops, seminars, and more. We’ll bring the same high level event and meetings industry education content to your team, in person.

Why Your Team Will Love Learning with Us

Real-world, Expert Instructors

We offer the highest quality training in the industry. Our instructors average 22 years of experience & many of our classes qualify for continuing education units toward the CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) designation and are ILEA Approved.


Your team can view segments in any order they like, and our system checks off which sections and classes they’ve previously seen, enabling them to jump right back in whenever they’re ready to resume a class.


Many of our learning solutions are completely online, meaning your team can fit learning into their schedule without having to block out time to learn together.

Easy Access

Video classes average 45 minutes, and are broken into micro chapters, making it easy for planners to instantly find what they need. Whenever they need it.
Michael Granek, MBA, CSEP is a successful entrepreneur and award-winning event producer with over
two decades of experience in the special events and entertainment industries. As President, COO of
the Event Leadership Institute, Michael applies his diverse background of business management, adult
education and special events experience to connect event professionals with leading industry
education, training & professional development.

Previous to the Event Leadership Institute, Michael discovered his passion for fostering the next
generation of event leaders during his role as Academic Director at The Art Institute of Vancouver. In
this position, Michael managed the program’s department and faculty, designed and developed
curriculum, instructed various events-related courses, and developed unparalleled partnerships
between the events industry and education. He has also participated in the MPI Meeting and Business
Events Competency Standards (MBECS) Faculty Forum, has judged various event industry awards, and
has delivered numerous seminars and training workshops at leading industry conferences, colleges,
and universities.

Passionate about the growth and development of the events industry, Michael has served on the board
of ILEA Vancouver Chapter for eight years, three of those as Chapter President. Currently, he is a
member of the ILEA education council and sits on the board of the MPI BC Chapter.

With over 20 years of industry experience, Howard is a widely recognized expert and innovator in the
field of special events, meetings and small business growth strategy. Howard is the Founder and
Executive Director of the Event Leadership Institute, provider of best-in-class training and education for
the events industry, through online, on-demand video classes, interviews with industry leaders, white
papers, webinars and live events.

Howard is the founder of Paint The Town Red, Inc., and the former CEO of North America for Global
Events Group, the 13th largest event agency in the world, which acquired Paint The Town Red in 2008.
During his tenure the company won over 30 industry awards. He is a Past President of the ILEA
(International Live Events Associate) NY Metro Chapter; has served on the board of directors of MPI
(Meeting Professionals International) Greater NY Chapter as VP of Education; has served on the
Advisory Board of Special Events Magazine; been a judge of the Gala Awards & HSMAI’s Adrian
Awards. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on a wide range of topics. He currently writes
the monthly In Business column for Event Solutions magazine. He has been profiled in The New York
Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, National Public Radio, ABC News, The Apprentice, and USA
Today, in addition to numerous trade media.

Kevin White has been a storyteller his entire life. That love of capturing attention and engaging people is what brought him to a decades-long career in experiential design. In 2011 he founded XPL, a boundary-pushing agency that delivers bold, powerful live events that transform audiences around the world.

Kevin’s commitment to his industry is demonstrated by his willingness to give back. He was selected by his peers to serve as international president of the International Live Events Association (ILEA). He currently teaches event students through the Event Leadership Institute and has been a professor at New York University.

Technology is part of Brandt’s DNA. Combine that with a degree in Technical Theatre and a core in Psychology, add in 20 years of experience in the meetings and events industry, and you get a powerful event technology cocktail. In addition to being featured on numerous websites and in industry magazines, he’s spoken worldwide, including MPI’s WEC, FICP’s Education Forum,CMP Conclave, IMEX America, IBTM World, Eventex, Connect, Event Camp (London, Chicago, and Middle East), and even a one week intensive for government ministers and guests in Turkmenistan.

He currently provides freelance technical production services to a variety of corporate and association clients, teaches public and private classes on Technical Meeting & Event Production, and is the owner of Event Technology Consulting, an appropriately named meeting and event technology consulting company.

The insights and skills that go into creating meaningful events had their beginnings when Michelle was a student at the Indiana University Kelly School of Business where she majored in marketing and international studies. After working for American Airlines as part of the sales team and being present for 9/11, Michelle considered how she might use her talents to make a difference. Heading West, Michelle became the Event Manager for the California Science Center, and within six years the company experienced rapid growth. In 2009, Michelle founded Sunday Sol Events, where she applies the principle that her work isn’t complete with just one event, but must fit into a client’s long-range plans. As Michelle works on telling the story of each organization, she focuses on the audience. Are we sending a clear message? Is there a call to action? Are we inspiring them? This approach is what sets Sunday Sol Events apart.

What Now?

The first step is to schedule a complimentary 30-minute Training Consultation with our President and COO, Michael Granek, CSEP, MBA, PID. He’ll review your company’s unique training needs, determine gaps in your team’s knowledge and skills, and provide recommendations on opportunities that could greatly improve your team’s success. All with no obligation.
Alternatively, you can fill out the form below or give us a call at 347-349-1060 for more information.
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