2020 NEC

2020 NEC Virtual: Converge. Connect. Collaborate.

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, SGMP pivoted to virtual education by holding our first-ever 2020 NEC Virtual. That’s right – our 2020 National Education Conference was held in a virtual format on May 19-21, 2020! 

The conference offered five education sessions, spread out over three days and several virtual ways to discuss and connect with your fellow government meeting professional colleagues. We celebrated award winners and our outstanding chapters during our virtual reception and Sam Gilmer Awards Celebration on Wednesday evening, May 20, 2020. The State of Society event was held separately from NEC virtual this year with additional awards and an update from the SGMP National President.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Michelle Milligan11:00 - 12:00 pm EDT
Wellness and Self-Care in All Times
The session will explore self-care, its importance in today's world and why it is always essential even when things are going well. Hands-on tools will be provided for everyday use, as well as guidance on how to notice burnout in others and how to help.

Attendees will learn:
1. The importance of self-care in today’s environment.
2. Specific tools they can utilize to manage their own self-care.
3. To recognize the signs of burn out in themselves and others and how to come back from it.

Michelle Milligan, Deputy Administrator, Clinic for Child Study with the Third Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan

12:30 - 1:00 pm EDT
NEC Check-In

David M. Jacobson

2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT
The Role of Humor in Leadership
Humor has been related to a number of positive effects when used by leaders: improved morale among workers, enhanced group cohesiveness, and even a positive impact on larger organizational outcomes. David addresses how humor can be used to enhance leadership effectiveness with an emphasis on improved communication and team building. Guidelines for use of humor will be discussed to ensure humor does not get out of hand at work, emphasizing the importance of appropriate humor and educating staff on the dangers of using inappropriate humor.

Attendees will learn:
1. How to identify ways humor can be used to improve communication;
2. The different humor styles that can help or hurt the leader;
3. How to recognize and distinguish the differences between appropriate and inappropriate workplace humor

David M. Jacobson, LCSW, C.H.P., Certified Humor Professional, Humor Horizons

3:30 - 4:00 pm EDT
NEC Check-In

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Rosemarie Rossetti11:00 - 12:00 pm EDT
Accommodating People with Disabilities at Meetings and Events

It is a legal, social, and professional responsibility to adapt your meeting venue to accommodate speakers and attendees with disabilities. Having been paralyzed from the waist down, Rossetti speaks from her wheelchair addressing crucial points you need to know to anticipate challenges in order to achieve a smooth, gracious, and respectful event experience for every participant. Learn why disability inclusivity is so important, how to set up your meeting rooms, how to adapt to dining and networking challenges, the best way to accommodate speakers and guests with wheelchairs, and important ADA resources designed to ease your way as a successful meeting planner.

Attendees will learn:
1. To identify problems and challenges that people with disabilities experience at meetings and events;
2. Develop solutions to solve problems and resolve challenges that people with disabilities experience at meetings and events;
3. Create an exclusive, easy-access environment for people who use mobility devices in and around meeting and dining rooms including layout, aisle width, easy access, table heights and more.

Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D., President, Rossetti Enterprises Inc.

12:30 - 1:00 pm EDT
NEC Check-In

7:30 pm EDT
Sam Gilmer Awards Celebration 
Dress up and network with fellow government meeting professionals starting at 7:30 pm. The awards program will begin at 8:00 pm ET.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

James Spellos11:00 - 12:00 pm EDT
Meetings PC (Post COVID): Tech Tools for Trailblazing Times
The word is out. Technology is no longer a critical skill. It’s a mandatory one. In the unchartered waters, we are wading through, having a thorough tech skill set will maximize your productivity and value to your organization. This virtual session will discuss tech issues, including essential  remote work and meeting technologies, future pointing tech that needs to be understood now, and the importance of maintaining your (and your organization's) digital security.
Attendees will learn:
1. How Zoom and other video meeting tools can best be utilized;
2. The 4 most important hot technologies that will continue to impact the meetings industry;
3. How to identify the 5 critical security and privacy tools that industry professionals need to know now.
James Spellos, President, Meeting U

12:30 - 1:00 pm EDT
NEC Check-In

Gleb Tsipursky
2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT
Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Adaptation and Planning via Neuroscience

In this engaging, interactive, and entertaining presentation, you as a government meeting planner will dramatically improve your adaptation and planning for the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic using cutting-edge neuroscience and behavioral economics-based strategies. Unfortunately, too many are operating in emergency mode in reacting to the short-term disruptions caused by the pandemic. Yet realistic assessments by the best epidemiology experts suggest the pandemic will be around for the next 3 to 5 years until an effective vaccine is created and mass-produced.

Research shows that our gut reaction is to adapt to and plan for best-case scenarios and to focus on short-term threats, instead of taking a realistic and long-term perspective on slow-moving disasters such as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Instead, you need to shift your work to adapt to the major disruption of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

This presentation will offer you neuroscience and behavioral economics-based strategies to navigate successfully the disruptions caused by the pandemic, ensuring that your work not only survives but thrives.

Attendees will learn:
1. How to identify where your current reaction to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic might be oriented excessively toward a short-term and/or optimistic outlook;
2. The neuroscience-based evidence for how we tend to make poor choices in the face of slow-moving major disruptions like the pandemic;
3. Techniques to evaluate and shift your work to adapt to and plan effectively for the long-term impact of the pandemic;
4. To tailor the best practices on responding effectively to the pandemic to your own situation and context;
5. To develop a long-term strategic plan to navigate successfully the disruptions caused by the pandemic for your work

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, CEO, Disaster Avoidance Experts, LLC

3:30 - 4:00 pm EDT
NEC Check-In