Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - 6

President
Michelle Milligan,
MSW, LMSW, CGMP
Third Circuit Court -
Clinic for Child Study

1st Vice President
Maurine Hill
Missouri Department
of Social Services -
STAT

LETTER

PRESIDENT'S

2017-2019 NATIONAL
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Future is
Bright for SGMP
2nd Vice President
Carolyn Barrett,
CGMP, CHSC
Holiday Inn Express &
Suites | New Orleans
Airport South

Secretary
Tecumseh Deloney,
CGMP, CMP
ZERO TO THREE

Treasurer
Chris McLaughlin,
CGMP
Radisson
Hotel Group

Director
Marie Arighi,
CMP, CHSP
Von Braun Center

Director
Willie Clay,
CMP, CASE
Chicago Marriott
Downtown

Director
Annette Wallace, CMP
Missouri Department
of Economic
Development

Immediate Past
President
Rob Coffman,
CGMP
U.S. Department of
Treasury

Ex-Officio Member
Pamela Valenzuela,
CAE
SGMP

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The National Board, Gilmer Trustees,
ASCENT Management staff and SGMP
contractors have continued our dedication
to achieving our Strategic Plan to drive
the Society of Government Meeting
Professionals (SGMP) forward. I look
forward to presenting updates and
achievements during the 2018 State
of Society at the National Education
Conference (NEC) in Norfolk, Va.
MY PROFESSIONAL HOME
Many of you have been part of the "My
Professional Home" chapter membership
drive that wrapped up last fall. Therefore,
I thought I'd share why SGMP is My
Professional Home:
1. The Relationships: I have developed
lifelong professional and personal
relationships with many of my SGMP
peeps. (Maybe I will make a few more at
this year's NEC.)
2. The Education: I am always impressed
with the education the Gilmer Trustees
put together for NEC and the programs
chapters create for their meetings.
I have attended many excellent
programs across the country.
3. The Leadership: In my daily job, I
have a lot of responsibility and manage a
large department; however, my greatest
leadership joy is leading this great society
into the future for generations to come.
NATIONAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE
This will be our 36th National Education
Conference and our third time in Norfolk,
Va. Our Norfolk hosts are overjoyed

GOVERNMENT CONNECTIONS | SPRING/SUMMER 2018

SGMP is returning to their fair city and are
planning great events. New this year is a
"Jump Start to Your Day" with 2k walks
and 5k runs with National Board members.
We will be meeting at 6 a.m. on Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday and, yes, I will
be your 5k running buddy.
The Gilmer Trustees have done an
amazing job lining up our education
sessions. I am beyond excited to
see our opening keynote speaker
Anthony Melchiorri, TV personality, host
and creator of Hotel Impossible and Extreme
Hotels on the Travel Channel. Rumor has
it he is going to stick around and attend
the Expo. I have seen our closing keynote
speaker at other events, and I know he is
a crowd pleaser! Peak performance guru
Walter Bond is a top corporate keynote
speaker and former NBA star with the Dallas
Mavericks, Utah Jazz and Detroit Pistons.
Items are flying in daily for our annual
auction, which funds our national
scholarships to NEC. If you cannot make
it to the NEC this year, you can still
participate! You can have a proxy bidder
for the live auction and bid online for all
the other items. We have a special live
auction package that is going to be a hot
commodity, The Hawaiian Islands with five
nights of lodging, plus a $1,000 Visa card
towards transportation. I can't wait to see
all your smiling faces in Norfolk!!
SGMP Ignite!!

Michelle A Milligan, MSW, LMSW, CGMP



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018

President’s Letter
Executive Director’s Corner
2018 NEC: Chart Your Course
Extroverts and Introverts Can Play Well Together!
Meetings Sector Drives U.S. Economy
Superheroes Circle
CGMP Corner
SGMP Nation
Advertisers’ Index
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - Intro
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - cover1
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - cover2
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - 3
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - 4
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - 5
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - President’s Letter
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - Executive Director’s Corner
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - 8
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - 9
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - 2018 NEC: Chart Your Course
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - 11
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - 12
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - Extroverts and Introverts Can Play Well Together!
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - 14
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - 15
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - Meetings Sector Drives U.S. Economy
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - 17
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - 18
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - Superheroes Circle
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - 20
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - CGMP Corner
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - SGMP Nation
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - 23
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - 24
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - 25
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - Advertisers’ Index
Government Connections - Spring/Summer 2018 - cover3
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