Society of Government Meeting Professionals

Society of Government Meeting Professionals


SGMP 2019 National Education Conference (NEC) attendees ... what questions do you have about F&B? Comment below & I'll answer them Wed 10AM in the Top 10 F&B Questions Answered session. #SGMPignite #SGMPNEC #DriveMomentum #eventprofs
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Enter the RAFFLE hosted by the SGMP North Texas Chapter - Ride with a professional driver 4 times around the track at Texas Motor Speedway!!! Raffle Tickets Only $7 ea. or 4 tickets for $25. Drawing will be held August 31st! All proceeds benefit the SGMP North Texas Chapter. Purchase raffle tickets here:
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
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Gilmer Girls #SGMPNEC
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Hey SGMP peeps, I'm on the traveling road to Florida to celebrate YOU for making a difference. See you all tonight at the opening reception. Yay!

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. 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.

We saw a lot of you 😍 at our first SGMP Strong check-in! 💪 We hope you will join us this Thursday, April 30. Visit for the secure Zoom link.

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Look what went to the printer today. The latest issue of Government Connections will be arriving in mailboxes soon!

Join us for an SGMP Strong check-in tonight!

SGMP National Board President Michelle A. Milligan, MSW, LMSW, CGMP, will host a SGMP Strong check-in for SGMP members via Zoom video call this Friday, April 17th at 7 pm EST. Join the video call, so we can support one another and share advice and resources. Visit to log-in and receive the secure link.

Join SGMP National Board President Michelle A. Milligan, CGMP for an SGMP Strong check-in on Friday, 4/17 at 7pm ET. Let's connect and share. Visit for the Zoom call-in link. We look forward to seeing you there!

1 hour away - Join us for a #GMID20 Twitter Chat to celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day today 4/14 at 7pm EST. Bring your best advice for working & meeting virtually. #governmentmeetings #virtualmeetings #GMID20 #SGMPGMID

Peak Performance Coach Darrell Hammond, Sr, of Higher Ground Consulting, will lead our April 23 webinar at 1pm EST. He will be discussing "Staying Productive and Effective in a VUCA World." How can you become the best team player possible when everything is spinning around you? Get your balance back and grow your influence during this Volatile, Uncertain, Chaotic and Ambiguous (VUCA) season we are all facing. Help stabilize yourself and your team during uncertain times, grow your influence, and contribute to self-care and team-care using a few simple steps. Visit to register now.

Because health and safety is our highest priority, the SGMP National Board has made the very difficult decision to cancel this year's National Education Conference, which was scheduled for May 19-21, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri. The conference will return in 2021! In the meantime, the National Board and Gilmer Institute of Learning are working on a multitude of virtual education options for our members. Click the link to read more.

Join us April 28 at 1pm ET for a webinar, “Conversations that Convert: Strategies to Influence and Persuade” with Shakira M. Brown who will provide strategies for the variety of communication challenges government meeting professionals face. Register here & bring a colleague:

Kudos to Shannon Gallagher, CGMP who was named a Top Young Professional Under 37. She is a senior sales manager for the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore and a member of SGMP's @sgmp_natcap chapter.⁠ Click on the link to read more and get to know all the other Top Young Professionals who were nominated by their peers.⁠

There's still time to nominate a colleague for the 2020 Sam Gilmer Planner of the Year and Supplier of the Year awards. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, April 3, 2020, at 5 pm ET. Click on the link to learn more:

Old Dominion Networking Zoom call! Stay connected everyone!! Thank you for inviting your National President!

SGMP Louisiana

SGMP chapters such as SGMP Louisiana are finding ways to support each other during the coronavirus pandemic using virtual tools. We have updated chapter plans that are posted on so you can see what chapters have on tap. Message us if you have updates.

Friday Happy Hour will be a virtual happy hour where we come together via a video conferencing platform to have social interaction and check on each other. We may laugh. We may cry. We can vent about our week or share successes. It will be a great way to have a support group of friends who understand what you are going through.

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Enjoy this hopeful advice from one of our NEC Speakers Rosemarie Rossetti during this difficult time: "Within each of us is the ability to rebound from bad news, tragedy, and setbacks," she says. "The ability to rebound faster is connected to our resilience ─ our ability to be flexible, to adapt to change, to see hope in our future. We must recognize that change is constant and we must be open to possibilities." Click the link to read the full post.

Nominations for the Sam Gilmer Planner of the Year and Supplier of the Year Awards have been extended to April 3. Click on the link to learn more:

Working Remotely | Jim Spellos on Patreon

Veteran SGMP NEC speaker Jim Spellos is sharing tips for working remotely with his best advice for tools, apps and productivity boosters! Comment below to add others you recommend. Official Post from Jim Spellos: Hi Gang...As promised (thanks to KT for the suggestion), here's my video on digital tools for working remotely. Would love for people to comment on what I missed (I'm sure a lot), and what works for them.This video will be open to all (even non members), as we want to...

The situation with #coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly changing. And everyone has questions about the current status of SGMP events. This is why we have set up a #coronavirus page on to give the latest advice about event postponements and cancellations. ⁠

New Post: Have you seen our latest list of government meeting professionals who have earned their CGMP? Kudos! 🎉

#SGMP is among the 150 organizations who joined together to issue this statement late yesterday on #coronavirus - For most healthy Americans, it is safe to travel.

NEW! Travel leaders from more than 150 organizations joined together to issue a statement on #coronavirus: “It is safe for healthy Americans to travel.” Full Statement →

Alan Kleinfeld to Speak at 2020 NEC on Safety and Meeting Site Selection

Speaker Preview: Alan Kleinfeld will be speaking at SGMP's 2020 NEC to be held 5/19-21, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri. Catch his presentations: "Don’t Overlook the Obvious: Safety & Site Selection" and "On the Road Again: Safety for Travelers."

Alan Kleinfeld is a Meeting Planner with a badge! His combined meeting management and public safety experiences give him a unique planning perspective. He wi...

We are proud of Christina Saragnese, CGMP who is a national sales manager for Hilton Worldwide and a member of SGMP NATCAP. She was named a Top Young Professional Under 37 for 2019-2020. Read her full profile and learn about our other Top Young Professionals Under 37

Sign up now to attend SGMP's March Webinar on Inclusive Meeting Design on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 1:00 pm EST. Antwone Stigall, CMP, DES will teach you to focus on practical actions that meeting professionals can take to create inclusive environments at their meetings and events.

Make a difference this year at SGMP's 2020 NEC by supporting our national charity, Camp Quality Central Missouri which provides summer camps and year-round programs to children diagnosed with cancer. Each year, SGMP adopts a charity in the host city/state of the National Education Conference (NEC). Whether or not you will be attending the NEC, you can make a difference in the life of a camper at Camp Quality. Pay it forward:

Meet SGMP Member Jeff Stuhr who is a member of our SGMP - Minnesota Northern Lights Chapter & works for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

As a member of the Events Industry Council - SGMP is sharing this open statement regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) plus links to resources for government meeting professionals

The Unsettled Status of Remote Work in 2020

Working remotely can allow government meeting professionals to be more productive and save money - but some of us still work in the office. Which is better and what's your take? via Associations Now Every major trend line shows that remote work allows employees to be more productive and employers to save money. So why is the federal government having everyone come back into the office? And should you consider the same?

Laura Lange, Senior Sales Manager for LTD Hospitality Group and a member of the Old Dominion Chapter Society of Government Meeting Professionals, received her CGMP designation and was recognized as a Top Young Professional Under 37 for 2019-2020 for her accomplishments. Way to go!⁠

Brett Sterenson to speak on hotel attrition at SGMP's 2020 NEC

Brett Sterenson will speak on "War of Attrition – Tips for How to Come Out Unscathed" at the Society of Government Meeting Professionals 2020 National Education Conference (NEC) to be held May 19-21, 2021 in St. Louis, Missouri. All government meeting planners, suppliers, hoteliers and CVBs are invited to attend. Register at

Look who we spotted promoting membership in SGMP at #GovTravels2020? If you're in Alexandria, VA, today is the last day to stop by our booth and say hello!

SGMP is conducting an anonymous readership survey of our Government Connections Magazine. Share your opinion by 3/16/20 & enter to win a $20 Amazon gift card. Click the link to take the survey now.⁠

Stop by SGMP's booth #58 (formerly #63) at NDTA The Association for Global Logistics & Transportation and DTMO's GovTravels 2020 Feb 24-26 & learn how the Society of Government Meeting Professionals educates and trains US Armed Forces and government meeting professionals. #GovTravels #GovTravels2020

Nominate a peer for the 2020 Sam Gilmer Planner of the Year or Supplier of the Year award. These two awards are the highest distinctions offered by the Society of Government Meeting Professionals. Submit your nominations by Friday, March 20, 2020 at 5pm ET. Click the link to read more and access the nomination forms.

Nicole Roames, CGMP and 1st VP of the SGMP NATCAP Chapter was congratulated last night by the SGMP National Capital Chapter (Natcap) Board members for being selected as Employee of the Year by Federal ConferenceWoohoo! 🎉⁠

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