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ISA Elite: Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

The ISA Elite is comprised of 35 young professionals each year who work in the sign, graphics and visual communications industry. The ISA Elite recognizes the talented young professionals who represent the next generation of industry leaders.

Acceptance as an ISA Elite includes:

  • Free entry to ISA International Sign Expo — the sign, graphics and visual communications industry’s leading tradeshow  — as well as to all education sessions.
  • Two (2) night's hotel accommodations, at an ISA designated hotel, at ISA Sign Expo. 
  • Unique networking opportunities with fellow sign, graphics and visual communications professionals and industry leaders.
  • Two-day follow-up leadership retreat held at the ISA Headquarters, in Alexandria, VA .
  • Participants will also have the opportunity to network with ISA Elite alumni during ISA Sign Expo and all year round.

All applicants must:

  • Have been working in the sign, graphics and visual communication industry for at least two years by the time they attend ISA International Sign Expo 2023.
  • Have been born on or after January 1, 1986.
  • Be a member of ISA or a custom sign company member of an ISA Affiliated Association.
  • Have completed at least one ISA digital badge: Digital Badges for ISA Online Learning Courses - International Sign Association (signs.org)
  • Complete the application form and submit a letter of recommendation to support their application. This letter may be from a colleague, supervisor, or a client.

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ISA Elite 2018

See what it's like to attend ISA International Sign Expo as an ISA Elite!


The deadline to submit an application for the 2023 class is October 21, 2022. If you have any questions please contact Iain Mackenzie at (703) 836-5087 or iain.mackenzie@signs.org


Taking industry careers to the next level

"Being a part of the ISA Elite was one of the most valuable experiences I have had to date! I have come to rely on the network I built while part of the ISA Elite, again and again - for guidance, leadership, advice and so much more! This program honestly gave us the push and confidence we needed to really step it up here at Signature Sign and Image, and bring our business to the next level! " —Emily Butko Wallis, ISA Elite class of 2018

The ISA Elite program is designed to combat one of the most pressing issues facing the sign, graphics and visual communications industry. As older workers retire, industry leaders are concerned about replacing workers in both skilled and management positions.