Academic Events Professional Brady K. Miller, CSEP

I’ll never say “I’ve done that before” – I haven’t. Because each and every event has its own distinct set of goals, each and every event should be a start-from-scratch process to create a unique experience tailored to meet those specific objectives. A remix of an old hat is still an old hat.

Brady K. Miller, CSEP

Brady K. Miller, CSEP

Senior Consultant and Creative Director


Brady K. Miller works with corporate, nonprofit, and university event teams throughout the country to develop efficient and effective event staffing structures, identify opportunities for and design goal-oriented programs, and produce one-of-a-kind event attendee experiences. Miller also works with event technology vendors that have an emphasis on higher education, helping them better understand academic structure and how their products might best support the unique challenges of university events staff.

Prior to joining Stratelyst Creative, Miller spent more than a decade managing executive-level academic events and strategic communications projects for administrative, alumni relations, communications, development, government relations, and marketing teams at Kansas State University, Indiana University, and the College of William & Mary. He also has work experience in nonprofit arts administration and – like everyone – as a barista. Miller is a Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP), a premier events industry certification administered by the International Live Events Association and held by only a few hundred people in the world.

His work has garnered multiple awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the International Live Events Association (ILEA) at both regional and international levels, including the 2012 ILEA Esprit Award for “Best Event Produced for a Nonprofit, Budget under $75,000.” In 2013, he was named one of five finalists in the country for Event Solutions magazine’s “Organizational Planner of the Year” Spotlight Award. He is a regular judge for events industry awards programs and frequent speaker and guest blogger on attendee engagement, creativity, event strategy, event technology, storytelling/programming, and protocol. He has spoken to private groups as well as for conferences including TEDx, The Special Event Show, CASE (regional and national), Academic Event Professional, and the North American Association of Commencement Officers.

Miller holds a master’s degree from Indiana University, where he wrote his thesis on the role of academic ceremonies (specifically commencement) in higher education. He is also an alumnus of The Protocol School of Washington and has extensive experience working not only with academic leadership but elected officials at every level, foreign dignitaries and delegations, military personnel, elite speakers, and celebrities.

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