Festivals and Events

(TELP) Texas Event Leadership Program is a program directed by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University. Together with Texas Festivals and Events Association and Texas Association of Fairs and Events, our program provides in-depth training for event organizers as well as an invaluable network of professional event organizers and experts.

TELP is a benchmark program that offers instructional modules covering up-to-date topics to address the professional development needs of the festivals and events industry. Whether you are planning a new event, seeking to improve an existing event, or working towards a TELP certificate of completion, everyone is welcome.

The Texas Event Leadership Program seeks:

  • To increase the knowledge and skills of event managers and volunteers so that they may better plan, manage, and evaluate a festival, fair, or event in their community
  • To enhance the ability of Texas communities to achieve the desired economic and cultural benefits for producing a festival, fair, or event
  • To promote volunteer service that will result in the establishment and/or improvement of Texas events

Texas Event Leadership Program benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Diversification of knowledge base and skills in the event industry
  • Networking with event professionals
  • Enhancing or increasing tourism in communities
  • Ability to work towards professional certification with supporting organizations
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