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Let’s Do Brunch!
one’s busiest times. Following Funt’s talk, we will start with our education sessions that are centered around SGMP’s core competencies of education and programs, facilities and services, logistics, financial and contract management, leadership technology and education. We’ll take time for a long lunch and CGMP graduation. Then there will be two educational sessions on Thursday afternoon with lots of time for networking between lunch and the education sessions. The silent auction room will be open for browsing and bidding all afternoon. Thursday night will be the annual Sam Gilmer Awards Gala, where we will celebrate the accomplishments of our chapters and our leaders. Orlando, Florida, our host city for 2013, will be providing the theme for the evening of fun and fanfare. We’ll end the day on Thursday with the live auction. On Friday morning, exhibiting suppliers will head to the convention center to set up their booths while non-exhibiting suppliers and all government planners will attend educational sessions at the convention center. At 10 a.m., we will open the doors to the exhibit hall, where you will be greeted by not only our supplier partners, but by the wonderful aromas and foods of New Orleans. This year’s Expo will be held over brunch and will be a time to try delicious local foods and network with other members in café style booths. Taste beignets, jambalaya and gumbo while making connections and renewing relationships. While brunch isn’t a meal you’re used to seeing at conferences, leave it to SGMP to try something new for our 30 th annual National Education Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. G
Questions about the 2012 National Education Conference should be directed to Krystal Bushell, CGMP, at email@example.com or 703-549-0892.
the feedback about our National Education Conference seriously. We listen to what our members are saying so that we can improve the conference each year. You have told us that you want both planners and suppliers to stay at the same hotel, so we made that happen. You then said you wanted more technology sessions, so we added more sessions about social networking and managing your email. In 2011, you told us you wanted more time for networking with other planners and suppliers and you wanted a more interactive tradeshow. We are once again listening to you! The 2012 National Education Conference schedule will be similar to years past, but with a twist. All pre-conference programming except the CGMP exam will take place on Tuesday. Wednesday morning, we’ll leave the hotel for a community service activity with the New Orleans Family Justice Center. You are on your own to explore New Orleans Wednesday after noon while our ch apter leaders participate in workshops on how to improve SGMP on a local level. You’ll be formally welcomed to our host city of New Orleans with a great reception on Wednesday evening at Mardi Gras World. Thursday morning will open with Juliet Funt, a former meeting planner who will address the issue of managing stress during
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Winter 2012
Travel Tips & Trends
Good to Know
Dieting on a Per Diem
Location, Location, Location
OGE Proposes Ethics Changes
The Evolution of e-RFPs
Organizing More Effective Meetings
7 Deadly Sins of Small Meetings
The Meeting Minute
Government Connections - Winter 2012