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.
Contact Info:
Phone: (978) 448-0377
e-mail: spelletier@meetingsnet.com
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Articles
Inside the Biodome: Planning the Western Veterinary Conference’s Future
This year, almost 15,000 veterinary professionals swarmed the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for one of the nation’s oldest vet conferences. But that’s just the start of WVC’s efforts to reach—and teach—its audience.
Coming In 2015: North American Meetings Industry Day
The U.S., Canada, and Mexico will celebrate all things meetings next April 16 in first multinational event.
NC-CME Is Changing Up Almost Everything
Coming soon from the National Commission for Certification of CME Professionals: A new certification, an expansion of the current Certified Continuing Medical Education Professionals certification program, new exams, and a new name and logo
New Medical Meetings Database Debuts
eMedEvents launches online resource designed to help healthcare professionals find, and register for, conferences and other medical events.
14 Trends Shaping the Exhibition and Event Industry
Mobile, social, Big Data, and attendee tracking are just a few of the trends a 2014 update of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events’ whitepaper says will drive the industry over the next three years.
Members of the “Luminaries of Pharma Meetings Panel,” from left to right: Kimber
Would You Get Hired as a Pharma Planner Today?
Compliance and transparency needs, along with the growing role of procurement in life sciences meetings, mean pharma companies need meeting planners with both targeted knowledge and broader skill sets.
Are Accountable Care Organizations the Next Big Thing for Continuing Medical Education?
The new healthcare Accountable Care Organization model is a promising new partner for outcomes-driven continuing medical education, but it may be a tough nut to crack.
A Canon PowerShot N100: For that special speaker in your life
Sustainable Swag and Special Gifts for Speakers

Can swag be sustainable? Here is a gallery of favorite eco-friendly picks, along with our choices for memorable speakers gifts.

New reports highlight the efficacy of continuing medical education in changing p
Literature Review Results: Continuing Medical Education Is Safe and Effective
Two new reports find that accredited CME improves healthcare provider performance, and that there’s no evidence that commercial support creates inherently biased activities.
The CME Exemption Is Dead: Long Live the CME Exemption
Though the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services removed the exemption for continuing medical education from its final Open Payments ruling, it says the rule's language exempts most accredited CME anyway.
Survey Points to Growth In Exhibit Space and Sponsorships
A “more consultative sales strategy” yielded exhibit sales increases for nearly two-thirds of respondents.
Ebola Not Yet Affecting the Majority of Business Travel
New study by the GBTA Foundation finds that business travelers—including meeting-goers—are not yet canceling trips due to concerns about the spreading disease.
CME Providers Urged to Help Circulate Ebola Education
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education is asking accredited CME providers to disseminate Ebola educational materials provided by the American Hospital Association.
New AMEX Survey: Meetings Back on Track
Planners they expect to spend more on training, include more virtual components, and use more nontraditional venues in 2015.
Improving Continuing Medical Education in Hospitals
New report finds that while CME is valued in the hospital setting, there is still room for improvement.

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