Sue Pelletier

Sue
Pelletier
Editor and mad blogger,
MeetingsNet

After spending my first 10 journalistic years mired in sewage sludge and garbage as a writer and editor of national and international trade magazines for the environmental industry from my former home base in Boulder, Colo., I can't tell you how much I appreciate and enjoy covering the meetings industry for MeetingsNet. I can't believe I've been here since 1998—time sure flies when you're having fun! Back in my enviro days, I actually attempted to help plan a technical trade conference and exhibition before deciding to stick with what I do best, so I have a first-hand appreciation of some of what people in this industry deal with day to day (and an even deeper appreciation that I don't have to do it myself—definitely wasn't cut out to be a meeting professional).

Since I've started covering this industry, I've developed a huge interest in adult education in all its many facets, and a fascination with how all the elements come together to create a learning environment that actually gives people the tools they need to do their jobs better once they get home. Meeting planning covers pretty much every aspect of business, from marketing and promotion to logistics to strategic planning—who wouldn't be fascinated? And this industry has done well by me, with my coverage earning several industry awards that make me proud to be a part of it all.
Interests

In those rare times I'm not chained to my keyboard, I like to hike the woods around my home in rural Massachusetts with my husband and my surrogate child, Mango the Australian shepherd. I also paint pet portraits, and do obedience and freestyle with Mango.
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Articles
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ASAE Announces Annual Meeting Host Cities Through 2022
The American Society for Association Executives has selected its latest five-year grouping of host cities, which include old favorites and one new-to-ASAE host city.
Marketing, Volunteer Management, and Security—SXSW Style
SXSW’s longtime event planner, Mike Shea, shared advice and perspectives on all things meetings during a Q&A at Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress.
Are You Prepared for Gun-Toting Attendees?
Now that many states allow guns in public spaces, pistol-packing participant could be coming to your next meeting. Are you prepared?
What’s the Worst Thing that Could Happen at Your Meeting?
It’s not enough to just hope something awful won’t happen at your meeting—you have to prepare for every contingency.
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CME Community Speaks Out on Proposed Merit-Based Income Payment System
More than 300 in CME community provide input on how continuing medical education can support the implementation of a new healthcare professional payment approach.
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Airbnb for Incentives: A Case Study 1
Faced with more qualifiers than rooms, one incentive meeting planner scrambled to think outside the resort.
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3 Ways to Safeguard Your Event from Business-Sucking Suitcasers 1
Suitcasers can hurt your bottom line, tick off your legitimate exhibitors, and syphon off valuable attendee attention. Don’t let them.
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Do You Know What Drives Docs to Attend Your Medical Meetings?
Recent AMEX survey results detail the physician’s-eye view of the medical meetings landscape, including what drives them to attend.
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Are Planners Liable for Airbnb Problems? 3
With more attendees staying at Airbnb and other home-stay accommodations, planners need to know their culpability should something go wrong.
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MPI Announces Latest Crop of RISE Award Winners
Here are the individuals and chapters Meeting Professionals International honored at the 2016 World Education Congress.
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MPI #WEC16 Rewrites the Rules
Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress 2016 broke new ground in Atlantic City as participants played hard, learned more, got experiential, and cuddled a lot of puppies.
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Atlantic City Positions Itself as Comeback Kid at MPI WEC
The former Jersey shore gaming mecca makes its case as a prime convention location to MPI’s meeting planning delegates.
Do’s and Don’ts of Getting Pharma Grants for CME
Three pharmaceutical company grants specialists outline what continuing medical education providers should—and should not—do to win a grant.
MPI Adds Education Courses, Redesigns Membership Model
News from Meeting Professionals International's 2016 World Education Congress includes nine new educational programs (including a behind-the-scenes look at the Democratic National Convention) and new tiered model for association membership.
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What’s a CMP Worth? About $8,500
Results from the Professional Convention Management Association’s 2016 annual salary survey track pay increases, work loads, and other key metrics.