Author of the highly acclaimed books
Event Coordination and Risk Management for
Meetings and Events, and a four-time ISES Esprit Award winner for Best Industry Contribution for her
educational programs, Julia taught Meeting & Event
Risk Management and Meeting & Event Coordination topics for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
(UNLV) Distance Learning and UNLV Singapore. She served on the Board of Governors
and Certification Committee of the
International Special Events Society and as Curriculum Consultant
and lecturer for The George Washington University Event
Management Certificate Program.
She designed and wrote the Event Management Training Program for South Africa's
Tourism Learnership Project National Certificate in Tourism: Event Support, as
well as numerous distance learning lectures, instructional videos, CD ROM
and magazine articles on event management topics, and presented lectures
all over the world on event management practices.
Julia led the
Event Management Body of Knowledge (EMBOK) Project that
international endeavor to establish global process standards for the event
industry, which was recognized by the International Special Events Society with the 2004
Esprit Award for Best Industry Contribution.
Julia started her career(s) at age 14 in the community theaters of Albuquerque, New
Mexico. Since then she had been a costume designer, melodrama and
vaudeville performer, art history librarian, hand painted silk
clothing designer, arts & crafts fair manager, and president
& creative director of a special event design and
production firm in Albuquerque.
Julia retired from public life
after the death of her husband Larry in
2011. In 2013
she donated her entire library of event management books and research materials
to the Julia Silvers Resources Centre at the Skills Village 2030 in Johannesburg,
Julia Silvers, 2010
Julia Rutherford Silvers, CSEP,
and Janet Landey,
accepting the 2003 ISES Esprit
Award for Best Industry
for the Event Management Training
Program for South Africa.
Julia as a Virginia City
Player in 1976