Government Connections - Winter 2013 - (Page 12)

EDUCATION EDGE Education Update By Garland Preddy, CGMP THE TIMING COULD not be better for SGMP to confirm its position at the forefront of education for government meeting professionals. Since the initial GSA scandal and through the subsequent reports that sparked the attention of Congress, government meeting planners are searching for educational opportunities and guidance in planning and executing successful meetings in accordance with new rules and regulations. SGMP is the “go-to” organization to provide government meetings advice and guidance to planners and suppliers in maneuvering these new challenges. In my role as your education & training director, I will be leading a comprehensive effort to develop and manage SGMP’s national and chapter education strategy. My priorities are to expand our chapter education toolbox and to complete an update to our CGMP materials, exam and policies. My key goals are to create an adjunct faculty, to develop a group of subject matter experts, and to integrate our new training facility into our education mix. With the Society headquarters’ relocation to larger space, SGMP now has its own training center which will enable us to offer many new training opportunities for members when they are in the greater DC area. These opportunities will consist of one-hour, half-day, full-day or multipleday courses. The curriculum will contain such subjects as government travel, budgeting, ethics, greening, RFPs, contracting and negotiating, site selection, Comptroller General decisions, and protocol. We will be tapping into the expertise of our membership for these educational seminars. Our members who have training experience and/or are subject matter experts will be provided with the opportunity to share this knowledge with their peers and colleagues. We will send out a “Call for Subject Matter Experts” to all members before the end of 2012. In addition to the CGMP course & exam schedule at locations across the country, SGMP will now be able to offer CGMP training in the headquarters training center. In addition to the CGMP course’s standard pattern, we will be exploring the option of offering the course on a weekend or over successive Fridays or Saturdays. Most importantly, we are now identifying and developing more courses to meet the core competencies that our chapters utilize at their monthly meetings. Many of the best sessions come from our chapters, so your willingness to help with this effort is appreciated. The more that planners and suppliers know about the way the government works through its rules, regulations and restrictions, the better for our entire profession. A successful government meeting means knowing the rules, following the rules, spending taxpayer dollars wisely to, therefore, stay off the front page of the Washington Post. I am available to assist you in your education needs. Please so not hesitate to send any recommendations or questions to I look forward to serving our members. G arland P red dy i s SGM P ’s E ducat ion & Training  Director and can be reached at garland. 12 GOVERNMENT CONNECTIONS | Winter 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Winter 2013

President’s Letter
Editor’s Letter
Going Places
Dieting on a Per Diem
Plan Green
Education Edge
Ethics and Site Visits
Why the Government Should Hire Qualified, Professional Meeting Planners
Supplier Strategy
Good to Know
That’s Technology
Conference Connection
Travel Tips & Trends
Membership News
SGMP Nation
The Meeting Minute
Advertisers’ Index

Government Connections - Winter 2013