Society of Government Meeting Professionals

Society of Government Meeting Professionals Get Connected to Government Meetings - Plug into SGMP! SGMP is a nonprofit professional organization of persons involved in planning government meetings, either on a full or part-time basis, and those individuals who supply services to government planners.
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Our objectives are to improve the quality and promote the cost effectiveness of government meetings by improving the knowledge and expertise of individuals in the planning and management of government meetings through education, training, and industry relationships. The Society of Government meeting professionals was established in October 1981 in Washington, DC. Organizers of government meetings saw a need for a forum in which to discuss mutual objectives and techniques for conducting business meetings of the government. They sought to create an opportunity to meet on common ground with the providers of meeting services and facilities to review the latest trends in planning and implementing these events. The motivating force behind the new organization was Sam Gilmer. His insight into the need for such a group proved prophetic. Today, the Society spans the nation with 30 chapters and more than 3,000 members. Represented in SGMP's membership are employees of federal, state, county and city government, as well as associations of governmental employees and government agencies. The Society of Government Meeting Professionals is the only national organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to improving the knowledge and expertise of individuals in the planning and execution of government meetings through education, training, and industry relationships. SGMP is managed by a national board of directors and officers elected by the membership. Affiliate chapters elect local leadership and conduct monthly meetings in their respective areas.

Mission: Our mission is to enhance and promote the expertise of government meeting professionals. Our objectives are to improve the quality of, and promote the cost-effectiveness of, government meetings. SGMP was founded in 1981 and is the only national organization in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to government meetings. We deliver our membership value of education, resources and networking to 3,000 members and through more than 30 chapters.

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The SGMP Online Buyers Guide is a user-friendly forum designed to bring suppliers and planners together. Available whene...
07/10/2020

The SGMP Online Buyers Guide is a user-friendly forum designed to bring suppliers and planners together. Available whenever you need it, the guide makes it easy to locate products and professional services geared to the meetings industry. Click to access today - https://sgmp.onlinemarketbase.org/

Mark your calendar for Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 1pm EDT for a webinar led by Sharon Delvisco. She'll be presenting a w...
07/09/2020

Mark your calendar for Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 1pm EDT for a webinar led by Sharon Delvisco. She'll be presenting a webinar, "Recognizing the Impact of Unconscious and Implicit Bias," that you won't want to miss. Sharon is meeting planning associate and training and education coordinator for Team Dynamics LLC Dynamics, LLC and a member of SGMP Louisiana chapter. Sign up at SGMP.org

"After being a part of the dynamic and fast-paced meetings and events milieu..., one thing remains unchanged: There is n...
07/08/2020

"After being a part of the dynamic and fast-paced meetings and events milieu..., one thing remains unchanged: There is no substitute for networking," says Shelley Hamilton Bruer, CMM, CGMP. See her tips for success. Shelley is a member of the SGMP Rocky Mountain Chapter. http://ow.ly/EBQP50AsVyT

Next SGMP Webinar: July 14 at 1pm EDT with Ron Rosenberg speaking on: The Meeting Industry Survival Guide: How to Transi...
07/06/2020

Next SGMP Webinar: July 14 at 1pm EDT with Ron Rosenberg speaking on: The Meeting Industry Survival Guide: How to Transition from In-Person Meetings to Virtual Events". Sign up at sgmp.org/webinars

Char Alexander, CGMP, has been appointed as a scholarships & certification trustee to SGMP's Gilmer Institute of Learnin...
07/01/2020

Char Alexander, CGMP, has been appointed as a scholarships & certification trustee to SGMP's Gilmer Institute of Learning. She is a government meeting planner for Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency & a member of Michigan SGMP. 🎉

The Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) has always stood for equity, nondiscrimination, diversity and inc...
06/26/2020

The Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) has always stood for equity, nondiscrimination, diversity and inclusion. Nevertheless, there is still more SGMP can do and more we can learn to make this a reality for all. As meeting professionals striving for the highest levels of professionalism and ethics, we recognize that we do not have all the answers. However, we take up the challenge to listen to all perspectives and commit to looking internally for more ways to be problem solvers and part of the solution. Click the link to learn about what SGMP will do to embark on this journey. http://ow.ly/SFV550Aj6bI

06/25/2020
Drive Momentum with SGMP

Who in your network needs to know about SGMP? Share this video with them and invite them to join us! Following up on NEC, which was held virtually this year, more virtual education opportunities are being scheduled now. Follow us on social and visit SGMP.org to learn more.

Is it okay to be more casual for a virtual video call? Associations Now weighs in with these tips.
06/24/2020
Four Etiquette Rules for Remote Meetings

Is it okay to be more casual for a virtual video call? Associations Now weighs in with these tips.

Remote meetings come with some familiar rules and some different ones. Be sure you follow them to maintain your professional polish—even if you're secretly wearing shorts.

The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked the meetings industry like few crises before it. Despite the disruption, virtual events...
06/23/2020
What The Future Holds For Meetings And Events

The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked the meetings industry like few crises before it. Despite the disruption, virtual events of every variety are filling the gaps. Learn what industry leaders have to say about this new reality and predictions for how the meetings industry may change as a result.

The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked the meetings industry like few crises before it. Event cancellations, travel restrictions, social distancing guidelines,

Congratulations to our PNW Chapter SGMP for celebrating 35 years this month! 🎉
06/19/2020

Congratulations to our PNW Chapter SGMP for celebrating 35 years this month! 🎉

SGMP members elected three new trustees to the Gilmer Institute of Learning who spearhead education & programming, schol...
06/18/2020

SGMP members elected three new trustees to the Gilmer Institute of Learning who spearhead education & programming, scholarships & certification and fundraising. Read our latest blog to meet Henry, Robin and Lorie! http://ow.ly/e0C250AbmON

Pro Tip: Making sure you've seen the latest CDC guidelines for events. Thanks to Event Manager Blog for the highlights!
06/16/2020
CDC New Guidelines for Events

Pro Tip: Making sure you've seen the latest CDC guidelines for events. Thanks to Event Manager Blog for the highlights!

The CDC has updated its guidelines for gatherings such as conferences, concerts, festivals and weddings. Here is what you need to know.

06/11/2020
SGMP Central Florida

Our chapters are connecting with members virtually. If you are located in or do business in Central Florida and you work with government meetings, we have a place for you to connect! Meet on - - virtually!

Ready for re-connection with our chapter? Thurs., June 18 from 10a-10:30a..."Coffee Conversations," facilitated by Steph McBride via ZOOM. President Colleen Flage recently sent out a calendar invite. If you're a member and did not receive it, please comment below and we'll make sure to send it your way.

Kudos to Ashley Wray, sales manager for the Denver Airport Marriott Gateway Park and member of the SGMP Rocky Mountain C...
06/04/2020

Kudos to Ashley Wray, sales manager for the Denver Airport Marriott Gateway Park and member of the SGMP Rocky Mountain Chapter for being named a 2019-2020 Top Young Professional Under 37 by her peers. Visit http://ow.ly/UkGC50zYfyo to learn about all the Top Young Leaders honored this year! 🎉

Thanks for joining us at the Sam Gilmer Awards Celebration held virtually last week. Pictured you'll find all the volunt...
05/29/2020

Thanks for joining us at the Sam Gilmer Awards Celebration held virtually last week. Pictured you'll find all the volunteers and staff who helped make this event possible in its new virtual format this year. We hope you had fun seeing old and new friends. Congratulations again to all of our award-winning chapters and individuals! Special thanks to Brett Sterenson for being our emcee.
#SGMPNEC #GovtMtgProfs #GovernmentMeetings

Another training opportunity courtesy of SGMP Louisiana and open to all members! See below.
05/29/2020

Another training opportunity courtesy of SGMP Louisiana and open to all members! See below.

Our June education opportunity is live on our website and open for registration. Kelly Johnson of New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center will be our speaker. All Society of Government Meeting Professionals members and friends are welcomed to attend for a small $12 fee. Louisiana chapter members are free this month!

We honor and remember all of the men and women who have served our country this Memorial Day.
05/25/2020

We honor and remember all of the men and women who have served our country this Memorial Day.

Are you wondering how to safely host events with social distancing as the country re-opens? Some ideas and inspiration a...
05/23/2020
How to Safely Host Face-to-Face Events Post-COVID

Are you wondering how to safely host events with social distancing as the country re-opens? Some ideas and inspiration are found within. via Associations Now

Once face-to-face meetings start taking place again, health and hygiene are going to be a top priority. A new report by Freeman offer ideas, processes, and protocols and how they could play out in various elements of in-person events.

Congratulations 🎉 to all of our award winners who were recognized at this week's Sam Gilmer Awards Celebration. See our ...
05/22/2020

Congratulations 🎉 to all of our award winners who were recognized at this week's Sam Gilmer Awards Celebration. See our latest blog post to learn which individuals and chapters were honored. http://ow.ly/RPfR50zO0Zf

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky challenged us to "Think in years not in weeks for COVID-19" when planning for a slow-moving disaster....
05/21/2020

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky challenged us to "Think in years not in weeks for COVID-19" when planning for a slow-moving disaster. What's your take?

Great session wrapped up with Jim Spellos with Meeting U. He discussed a range of technology topics from helpful virtual...
05/21/2020

Great session wrapped up with Jim Spellos with Meeting U. He discussed a range of technology topics from helpful virtual meeting software, productivity apps to security in the age of COVID-19. What did you learn that you'll put to use in your work immediately?

Day #3 of SGMP NEC Virtual is well underway! Tech tools and meeting planning how-to in the midst of the coronavirus pand...
05/21/2020

Day #3 of SGMP NEC Virtual is well underway! Tech tools and meeting planning how-to in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic with Jim Spellos Meeting U. and Dr. Gleb Tsipursky. Will we see you there?

There were so many things to know about making events more inclusive for seen and unseen disabilities. Rosemarie Rossett...
05/20/2020

There were so many things to know about making events more inclusive for seen and unseen disabilities. Rosemarie Rossetti shared her extensive knowledge on the subject during her educational session this morning. From food allergies, mobility challenges, colorblindness, medical conditions and more - what was your favorite a-ha moment?

#SGMPNEC Virtual Day 2 kicks off with Rosemarie Rossetti PhD talking about accommodating people with disabilities at eve...
05/20/2020

#SGMPNEC Virtual Day 2 kicks off with Rosemarie Rossetti PhD talking about accommodating people with disabilities at events, CGMP & the Sam Gilmer Awards Celebration tonite! 🎉 Visit SGMP.org/conference for details. And don't forget to chat us up on the app which is now online!

David Jacobson with Humor Horizons shared that humor is a great way to cope with life's crises. It's both a leadership a...
05/19/2020

David Jacobson with Humor Horizons shared that humor is a great way to cope with life's crises. It's both a leadership and a human skill. You don't have to be funny yourself to see the funny in the situation and change how you think. What's your take? #SGMPNEC

The meeting & events field for government meeting professionals is stressful enough. Michelle Milligan, CGMP helped us w...
05/19/2020

The meeting & events field for government meeting professionals is stressful enough. Michelle Milligan, CGMP helped us with ideas to take care of our wellness and self-care routines this morning. Care to chat in about your favorite way to practice self-care?

2020 #SGMPNEC Virtual starts tomorrow! Day 1 kicks off with Michelle Milligan, CGMP and David Jacobson, CHP. We are look...
05/19/2020

2020 #SGMPNEC Virtual starts tomorrow! Day 1 kicks off with Michelle Milligan, CGMP and David Jacobson, CHP. We are looking forward to seeing our government meeting professionals! P.S. Don't forget to download the conference app and set up your profile tonite!

05/14/2020
You're Invited: 2020 NEC Virtual with SGMP

The Society of Government Meeting Professionals invites government meeting professionals from across the country to attend the 2020 National Education Conference (NEC) Virtual this year. SGMP National Board President Michelle Milligan, CGMP gives an overview of what to expect!

🎉Congrats to SGMP National Board Secretary Tecumseh Deloney, CMP, CGMP. She is the senior manager of conferences and mee...
05/12/2020

🎉Congrats to SGMP National Board Secretary Tecumseh Deloney, CMP, CGMP. She is the senior manager of conferences and meetings at ZERO TO THREE and was recognized as a member of Connect Association magazine's “15 Over 50.” Read more! http://ow.ly/ugUj50zEtZ4

The latest issue of Government Connections is here!
05/11/2020
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The latest issue of Government Connections is here!

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I want to thank the SGMP National Board and Headquarters staff for organizing the 2020 Virtual NEC. The workshops were outstanding and the awards night was great! As someone who has missed only one NEC since 1988 (2019 because my son got married), it has been an important part of my personal and professional life. Many of us have said the NEC feels like a great big family reunion and I've always had a feeling of sadness when it was over; the letdown after a week of networking and education, and knowing that I wouldn't see my SGMP friends for another year. It surprised me, that I had that same feeling of sadness on Friday morning, when I didn't have a 9:00 am session to attend that morning. I so appreciated the opportunity to see all of my SGMP colleagues and many dear friends on the Zoom check-in, following the workshops, as well as the SGMP Awards night. It really lifted my spirits and promoted the feeling of connection that SGMP has always been famous for. I hope we will continue to hold the virtual check-ins and maybe more workshops until we can meet again in person. Be safe and well SGMP!
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Great discussion at the Joint Leadership Session at NEC 2018.
Visited Mutts with a Mission booth at the patriots day festival in Virginia Beach. They will ate our national Charity for the 2018 national education conference in Norfolk Virginia. Be sure to donate!
SGMP Rocky Mountain Chapter presents part 2 of their 3-part mini series: Table-top Exercise: Your Duty of Care-Building Your Emergency Plan presented by chapter president, Lynette I. Schick, CMP and chapter member; Tammy Ottmer. March 27, 2018, Doubletree by Hilton Denver, 4040 Quebec Street
Great organization!
CVB Breakout Panel. #SGMPNEC
Gilmer Girls #SGMPNEC