Government Connections - Summer 2012 - (Page 34)
Education. Resources. Networking.
By Rob Bergeron, CAE, CGMP SGMP MEMBERSHIP MEANS so many things to so many different people. I often ask our members “of all of the numerous training options available to you, why did you join the Society of Government Meeting Professionals?” or, “in today’s challenging times—where our industry is under ﬁre and when everyone expects more for less—what makes you maintain your SGMP membership?” If I would ask this of one hundred different members, I might get one hundred different answers. Or maybe I wouldn’t? Maybe the answers say the same thing? Because all could be summarized into one of three reasons—Education. Resources. Networking.
“CGMP” certification is available to every member (planner or supplier) throughout the year and across the country - Expert speakers add value to every event - The National Education Conference provides education, resources and networking all at once every year - Your chapter’s meetings provide resources and networking all at once every month SGMP members ask their staff all the time: “How can I help the organization that has helped me so much?” They want to know how they can make their Society better and how they can give back to their profession.
It’s an awesome question to be asked. And an easy one to answer. “The best way you can increase the effectiveness of your organization,” I tell them, “is to invite one of your peers to join.” Your organization’s mission is to enhance the knowledge and expertise of government meeting professionals. Its objectives are to improve the quality of—and promote the costeffectiveness of—government meetings. We promote everything we do on behalf of you and all of our members via our motto: Get Connected to Government Meetings—Plug Into SGMP. We deliver our member benefits to you through education, resources and networking. Education. Resources. Networking.
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Scholarship & Certification
Lila Duncan, CGMP, CMP Oregon Department of Human Services Portland, OR firstname.lastname@example.org
Education & Programming
Debbie Kopkau, MBA, CMP, GMS Michigan Institute for Educational Management Lansing, MI email@example.com
Kristi Griffith, CGMP, CHSP Prism Hotels & Resorts Dallas, TX firstname.lastname@example.org
Edward Scannell, CMP, CSP The Center for Professional Development Scottsdale, AZ EESAZ@aol.com
Lynette Schick, CMP Meeting Objectives Consulting Arvada, CO email@example.com
Brett Sterenson Hotel Lobbyists Washington, DC firstname.lastname@example.org
SGMP Headquarters Staff
Executive Director & CEO Charles S. Sadler, CHSP, CHSC, CGMP Deputy Director Rob Bergeron, CAE, CGMP Conference & Meeting Manager Krystal Bushell, CGMP Executive & Conference Assistant Sara Woldai, CGMP
Membership Services & IT Director Michael Downard, CGMP
Accounting Manager Anna Marie Stewart
Membership Communications Manager Kimberly Kowal, CGMP
GOVERNMENT CONNECTIONS | Summer 2012
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Summer 2012
10 Secrets to Winning the Business
Good to Know
Dieting on a Per Diem
2012 National Education Conference Summary
SGMP NEC gives back to the New Orleans Community
Is a mobile conference app your best foot forward?
Exercise on the road… are you kidding?
The Meeting Minute
Government Connections - Summer 2012