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SGMP

NATION
2017 Region
5's Partners in
Education (PIE)
Conference a
Success
Region 5's Annual Partners in Education
(PIE) Conference held March 10, 2017 was
a HUGE success! Planners and suppliers
descended on Tulsa, Oklahoma, ready to
learn, and they weren't disappointed. We
heard from industry experts on a range
of topics, from maximizing AV budgets
for meetings and emergency weather
management during an event to finding
the right balance between work and home.
Though we learned a lot, we also
laughed a lot. Members from across
several states had the opportunity to
connect, collaborate and walk away with
many new and valuable friendships. In
addition, attendees participated in a
community service effort to support the
New Day Camp, which gives children with
an incarcerated parent positive camp
experiences to help them process their
hopes, dreams and difficulties. Learn
more about the Wild West Oklahoma
Chapter and the 2017 PIE Conference at
oksgmp.wildapricot.org.
- Leah Scoles

Kelly Roche, Debi Self and Leah Scoles
awarding a check and donated items for
New Day Camp, a camp for children with
incarcerated parents.

2017 Old Dominion Chapter
Conference Focuses on
Change, Stress
The Old Dominion SGMP Chapter
Conference was held February 28-March 1
in Williamsburg, Virginia. The theme was
"Wave of Change: Splashing into the
Future." It was an outstanding conference
with high quality education and an
engaging conference experience! The
opening session with Jameo Pollock,
"It's Not WHAT You Said, It's HOW You
Said It," got us started with a great
teambuilding ice breaker: NASA's Moon
Survival. Keynote Speaker Terrie Glass
spoke about "Leading Change That
Matters," which gave us insights and tools
to help during changing times. During
a session entitled, "Dealing with Your
Emotions During Change," Michele Zehr
took us on her remarkable journey through
the wilderness and life, and she left the
audience with tools on how to deal with

the stressors in our lives. The overall
theme of stress management appeared
to be a timely topic for the majority of
meeting planners, and we all learned new
stress management techniques.
Our host, Great Wolf Lodge, provided
us with top notch meeting space and
delicious food and beverage. Connect with
the chapter at olddominionsgmp.org.
- Marilee Tretina

2017 Michigan SGMP Annual
Education Conference:
Bring Your Best Game!
For those not in the know, there is a bit
of a rivalry within the State of Michigan
between Michigan State University and the
University of Michigan. Our 2017 Annual
Education Conference, March 7-9, was
held on enemy grounds (for some!) at the
Holiday Inn near the University of Michigan
in Ann Arbor. The conference kicked off
with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Big
House, the home of UM football, with a
capacity for 109,901 roaring fans. We
learned about the logistics of managing
this venue and the crowds, including
security considerations and procedures.
Our group was able to set rivalries
aside and actively engage with this year's
amazing speakers. Our first presenter,
Chuck Gallagher, former NEC ethics
speaker, made a huge impact - not only
did he present an ethics session, but

a session on effective communication
and finding one's strong suit using a
clever card playing theme. Our other
speakers covered everything from social
media best practices to proper business
etiquette and protocol.
In addition to the outstanding education
sessions, we enjoyed great food and
two evenings of fun, including tailgating
games and contests the first night, and
dancing and a karaoke contest the last
night. Connect with the Michigan Chapter
at misgmp.org.
- Laurie Nickson
www.sgmp.org

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Spring 2017

President’s Letter
Executive Director’s Corner
Going Places
2017 National Education Conference: Reel in Great Education
Government Events Embrace Competition as a Catalyst for Success
Ten Cans: Real Change Requires an Opener
The Fatal Flaws in Your Active Shooter Response and How to Fix Them
Thought Leadership
Meet a Member
CGMP Corner
SGMP NATION
Advertisers’ Index
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - intro
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - cover1
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - cover2
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 3
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 4
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 5
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - President’s Letter
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Executive Director’s Corner
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 8
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Going Places
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 2017 National Education Conference: Reel in Great Education
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 11
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Government Events Embrace Competition as a Catalyst for Success
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 13
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 14
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 15
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Ten Cans: Real Change Requires an Opener
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 17
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - The Fatal Flaws in Your Active Shooter Response and How to Fix Them
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 19
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Thought Leadership
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 21
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 22
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Meet a Member
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - CGMP Corner
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - SGMP NATION
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Advertisers’ Index
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - cover3
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - cover4
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