Academic Events

Academic Events Spark New Ideas

The Special Event Company is ready to plan and execute an academic conference, an academic summit or a multi-day symposium. We are a  full-service academic events planning and management company located minutes from Raleigh, North Carolina. We serve the Research Triangle Park area and beyond with strategic thinking and flawless execution. 

Award-Winning Academic Events

Our proven track record in delivering award-winning academic programs, both nationally and internationally, makes us one of the leading experiential educational event designers. We have been designated a Top 50 Global Event Company by Special Events magazine for the past three years and have won multiple awards for our academic programs.

Elon Leads University Campaign
Academic Event For USC

Academic Events Planning Experience

As an experienced provider of academic event planning and management services, we offer a team of experienced academic event planning professionals ready to supply end-to-end support to exceed your program objectives.

Combining strategy, design, creativity, and robust logistics, we have the experience and knowledge to make your educational event a tremendous success.

We develop compelling campaigns to engage your donors, students, alums, parents, prospects, trustees and university leadership to support your delivery of programs and bring an adequate return on investment.

The Special Event Company is also the founder and producer of the Academic Event Professional (AEP) conference. With a passion for achievement, we have the creative strategy to manage and develop your event.

Elon University’s Campaign Launch

Watch how The Special Event Company worked with Elon University to produce its first-ever campaign launch!

Our Academic Events Services

We help great institutions effectively engage with their community.


  • Campaign strategy and delivery
  • Campaign kickoffs & closings
  • Academic conferences
  • President roadshows
  • Alumni roadshows
  • Donor relations strategy & events
  • Celebrations
  • Commencements
  • Homecomings
  • Ceremonies
  • Leadership conferences
  • International programs
  • Virtual events

  • Strategy development
  • Creative concepts
  • A/V and stage set design
  • Branding
  • Content creation
  • Scriptwriting
  • Storyboards
  • Collateral creation
  • Exhibits
  • Apps and technology solutions
  • Virtual event platform design & management

Their input into The Coach K & FSB Leadership Conference has raised the bar for conference management in general at Duke University, and their expertise has been invaluable to us.

Executive Director

Duke Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics

Planning And Executing Successful Academic Events Is No Simple Task

With a tried-and-true operation and a passionate team of professionals, we provide a streamlined, easy process for every client.

Corporate Event Planning Senior Producer Heather Blanken, CMP

Senior Event Producer

Heather Blanken, CMP