Academic Events

Academic Events Sow the Seeds for Reflective Thinking

The academic event planning and management team at 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 event planning and management company located minutes from Raleigh, North Carolina, serving the Research Triangle Park area and beyond. 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.

The Academic Events Planning Process

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.

Producing 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. 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.

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


  • 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

Let us show you how our standardized procedures and best practices for planning academic events lead to delivering a successful event.

Corporate Event Planning Senior Producer Heather Blanken, CMP

Senior Event Producer

Heather Blanken, CMP

Academic Event Planning

The Special Event Company is the founder and producer of the Academic Event Professional (AEP) conference. The conference provides a rare opportunity for event planners in academe to receive tailored professional development, network with one another, and visit with vendors that specialize in products for academic environments. Attracting both seasoned planners and industry newcomers, the conference focuses on topics unique to higher education events and helps them share – and create – best practices for the field.