Fall Government Connections Magazine
Statement on Racial Equity and InclusionThe 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. Read more to learn about what SGMP will do to embark on this journey.
Spring/Summer Government Connections Magazine
2020 NEC VirtualNEC Virtual was held May 19-21, 2020, and the session recordings and handout are available on-demand for SGMP members to view. Continuing education credit is also available.
2020 NEC Cancelled Due to Health and Safety ConcernsSGMP has announced the cancellation of the 2020 NEC to take place May 19-21, 2020 in order to keep all attendees safe during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Read SGMP's ongoing coverage related to the coronavirus, including the latest updates from SGMP leadership.
Welcome New GIL Trustees-Elect
SGMP announces new Gilmer Institute of Learning Trustees-Elect who have been elected to 2020-2022 term of office:
- Education and Programming: Henry H. Harper, III, CGMP
- Fundraising: Lorie Jaegers, CGMP, CTA
- Scholarship and Certification: Robin Bammert-Toth, CGMP
Fall/Winter Government Connections Magazine
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2020 NEC Planner Scholarship Application
The Rance R. Willis Planner Development Scholarship will accept applications November 1, 2019 through 5pm EST on Friday, December 6, 2019.
For more information, visit the SGMP blog.
Top Young Professionals Under 37 Announced
Meet our latest class of Top Young Professionals Under 37 and download a news release.
The 38th annual SGMP National Education Conference & Expo will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, May 19-21, 2020.
Save the Date for 2020 NEC
Spring/Summer 2019 Government Connections
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SGMP's Response to the Government Shutdown
Call for Speakers for 2020 NEC
Applications to speak during a breakout session during the 38th annual SGMP National Education Conference & Expo which will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, May 19-21, 2020 are now closed. Applications were due Friday, August 16, 2019 at 5 pm ET.
Top Young Professionals Under 37
The Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) is seeking nominations of the brightest and most distinguished Young Professionals Under 37. This is a great opportunity to identify outstanding young, government meeting professionals who have high potential for leadership and success in the field. Submit a nomination now through August 1, 2019.
Registration is now open for the 2019 NEC June 25-27 in Detroit, MI
Global Economic Significance of Business Events
As a member of the Events Industry Council (EIC), SGMP is sharing a ground-breaking report on the global significance of business events. Research shows meetings generated $1.07 trillion in direct spending globally.
October is Government Meeting Professionals Month
SGMP is proud to launch the inaugural Government Meeting Professionals Month during October! This special month is our opportunity to raise awareness of the unique role that government meeting professionals play.
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Announcement of National Board and Gilmer Trustees Candidate Slate
2019 Rance R Willis Planner Development NEC Scholarship Applications are now being accepted.
November 5, 2018-December 3, 2018, 5pm EST
June 25-27, 2019, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Conference registration pricings remain the same as 2018.
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SGMP Names 2018 Distinguished Award Winners Recognizing Achievements in Government Meetings Industry.
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2018 NEC Photos
Check out all the photos from the 2018 NEC in Norfolk, VA.
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Call for Speakers
Call for Speakers for the 37th annual SGMP National Education Conference - to be held in Detroit, MI, June 25-27, 2019.
The survey link below serves as the speaker application. Submissions must be received no later than 5pm Eastern time on Friday, August 17, 2018.
Please send any questions to Garland Preddy at email@example.com
Nominate a future leader for the prestigious distinction of one of the Top under 37 in the Government Meeting Industry!! For more info click here.
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Sam Gilmer Planner of Year and Supplier of the Year Nominations are now being accepted. Click below for the nomination forms. Nominations can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and are due by 3/30/18, 5:00pm EST.
Sam Gilmer Planner of the Year Form
Sam Gilmer Supplier of the Year Form
Gilmer Institute of Trustees 2018-2020 Election Information
2018 Gilmer Trustee Call for Nominations
2018 Gilmer Trustee Elections Campaign Rules Supplement
2018 Gilmer Trustee Nomination Form
SGMP National Board appoints Chele Clark, CGMP to Gilmer Trustees.
Full Press Release
Click here for SGMP Founder's Day Message from President Michelle Milligan, CGMP
2017 State of Society as presented at the 2017 NEC by President Michelle Milligan, CGMP.
Looking for the 2017 NEC Pictures? Look no further click the picture link below:
Many of the Presentations from the 2017 NEC are posted here. These presentations are read only and may not be used for presentation. Additional presentations will be posted as they are received.
You must be logged into your SGMP membership account to access these files.
National Board Announces 2018 NEC to be held in Norfolk, VA June 5-7, 2018
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Government Connections Spring/Summer edition now available:
The updated CGMP Manual is available for purchase. The price is $95 and includes shipping. Contact Garland Preddy, CGMP, email@example.com for more information.
National Board Elections Committe Annouces Election Results
2017-2019 National Board - Elect
Call for National Board Nominations 2017-2019
The Society of Government Meeting Professionals is looking for leaders to serve on the national board of directors! Nominations are now being accepted for all eight elected positions on the 2017-2019 National Board of Directors. Any member may nominate himself/herself or another member for a position. Please note all nominees must complete and submit the nominee information sheet by 5:00 pm Eastern time on Friday, January 27, 2017.
Click links below for the Nomination Packet items.
Nominee Information Sheet
Click links below for the SGMP Nominations and Elections Policies.
Campaign Rules Supplement
The installation ceremony of the incoming national board will take place during the National Education Conference at the Sam Gilmer Awards Banquet on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
SGMP Social Media RFP Released
SGMP is looking to bring our social media presence into the modern era. If you are interested and have the ability to help us acheive this goal please respond to the RFP by January 29, 2017. Social Media RFP
GSA annouces FY2017 Per Diem Rates.
Rates do not go into effect until October 1. 2016 Visit GSA.gov for all the details.
Call for Volunteers for National Committees and Task Forces
The National Board is looking for a few good SGMP members, you are one of them. Please take the survey below by 9/30/16 to volunteer for a committee or task force.
SGMP Releases RFP for 2017 NEC Contract Planner
Release date: August 31, 2017
Response Submission Deadline: September 12, 2016 5:00 PM EDT
For more information click on the RFP below and the Draft Schedule at a Glance
RFP: 2017 NEC Contract Planner
Draft Schedule At a Glance
Did you attend MEET National? CGMP members can earn 6 contact hours by attending 3 of the 4 SGMP sponsored education sessions plus 3 other educational sessions during the 2-day event. You must complete the document sheet attached and submit with your CGMP recertification application. The SGMP sponsored education sessions are listed on the form.
CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO FROM THE 2016 NEC! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpdozol1YCI
SGMP TRANSITION LETTER AND FAQ SHEET FROM OUR NATIONAL PRESIDENT
PRESENTATIONS FROM THE 2016 NEC 2016 NEC Programs
THE 2016 STATE OF THE SOCIETY ADDRESS WAS PRESENTED AT THE NEC IN SAN DIEGO. The presentation was delivered by national first vice president Michelle Milligan, MSW, LMSW, CGMP.
SGMP IS PROUD TO RECOGNIZE ALL OF THIS YEAR'S ANNUAL INDIVIDUAL AND CHAPTER AWARD RECIPIENTS as announced at the 2016 NEC. "Congratulations!" to 2016 Sam Gilmer Planner of the Year Ethel Crisp, CMP, Ph.D., and to all of our recipients in San Diego!
2016 NATIONAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE WEBSITE AT WWW.SGMPNEC.ORG provides a summary of everything from the 34th annual NEC that was held in San Diego.
2016 CGMP CONGRESS WAS A GREAT SUCCESS. Here’s what one attendee said: “Thanks for an awesome conference. This by far was the best training I’ve been to in some time. I couldn't have been more happy with the speakers, sessions, networking, participants and hotel and have been bragging to my boss and others about all I learned.” Click here to see the schedule and here to see a list of the speakers.
SGMP RECOGNIZES GILMER-FOUNDERS DAY WITH MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT: Take a look here for an update on Society priorities.
SGMP NAMES MEMBERS TO BLUE RIBBON TASK FORCE, which will be addressing and enhancing our Society's membership experience. Click here to learn more about task force members.
GOVERNMENT PER DIEM TRAVEL RATES INCREASED in fiscal 2016. Read more here.
SGMP ANNOUNCES NEW GILMER TRUSTEESThree new Gilmer trustees were appointed this spring and summer. Click here for information about the appointment of Alex Litchtenstein, CMP, CGMP, and here for the appointments of Mark Richardson, CGMP, and Patty Barron, CGMP.
PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION FOR 2015 PUBLIC SERVICE RECOGNITION WEEK“Despite tough circumstances—including pay freezes, budget cuts, sequestration and a political climate that too often does not sufficiently value their work—these exceptional leaders continue to make real the fundamental truth that people who love their country can change it,” President Obama said. “My administration,” he also said, “is advancing efforts to train and develop the next generation of civil servants.” You can read the entire proclamation here.
OUR PROFESSION CELEBRATES FIRST-EVER NORTH AMERICAN MEETINGS INDUSTRY DAY (NAMID)Check out SGMP's recent social media postings in support of NAMID.
WE HONOR GEORGE WASHINGTON--AMERICA'S FIRST FAMOUS GOVERNMENT MEETING PLANNERGeorge Washington is the official spokesperson of SGMP's 2015 NEC & Expo. Meet GEORGE! here.
SGMP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CEO SENDS LETTER TO THE EDITORAfter a front page story in The Washington Post, SGMP sent this letter in support of government meeting professionals. The Post added a follow-up story the next day.
SGMP ANNOUNCES 2015-2017 NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORSCongratulations to the newly-elected members of the 2015-2017 SGMP national board of directors! The list of incoming board members is included in this press release and you can click here to view their profiles.
SGMP WINTER PLANNER EDUCATION DAYHyatt Hotels hosted nearly 40 SGMP planner members on Jan 20th to a day of education and networking. Members gathered at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City and engaged in education regarding the federal bid process, protocol, event insurance and ethics. This is the second education day sponsored by Hyatt thus far.
SGMP ANNOUNCES FORT LAUDERDALE AS THE HOST OF THE 2017 NATIONAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE & EXPOThe 2017 NEC & Expo will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on June 6-8, 2017, at the Broward County Convention Center. More details available here.
SGMP ANNOUNCES 18 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS TO THE 2015 NEC & EXPOThe Rance R. Willis Planner Development Scholarship provided funding for SGMP members to attend the 2015 NEC & Expo in Minneapolis, MN. Read more about this year's participants here.
SGMP ANNOUNCES SAN DIEGO AS THE HOST OF THE 2016 NATIONAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE & EXPOThe 2016 NEC & Expo will be held in San Diego, California, on May 17-19, 2016, at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center. More details can be found here.
NOW THAT THE DUST HAS SETTLED FROM THE MIDTERM ELECTION ...SGMP presents the potential impacts on government meetings and our members going forward. We will keep our members informed of other important post-election updates.
SGMP HAS LAUNCHED A REDESIGNED AND ENHANCED DATABASE AND WEBSITECheck out SGMP's new and improved website, as well as the member portal. Go to www.sgmp.org and click on Member Login on this page. Your new username is the primary email address we have on file, and your new and temporary password is Password1. Once you login, create a new password.
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