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
Twitter: http://twitter.com/spelletier
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Articles
How to make your event's Web site drive registration in 10 easy steps.
10 Commandments for User-Friendly Event Web Sites
How to improve your potential attendees’ experience on your site—and drive more registrations.
Quiz: Test Your Cost-Saving Smarts
How savvy are you when it comes to finding ways to do more with less for your meetings? Take this quiz and find out!
10 Ways to Drive Registration through Your Web Site
Hint: Design your site with the user experience in mind.
820 Commenters Tell CMS to Keep CME Exemption
Ninety-eight percent of commenters reject the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ proposal to include CME in Open Payments’ reporting requirements
The DIY Movement’s Answer to CME Provider Meetings
Meet CMEpalooza, an online event that began when one continuing medical education specialist considered the meetings for CME providers he’d been attending and thought, “Hey, I can do that online. For free.”
ACCME Goes Global
The continuing medical education accreditor opens its accreditation process to non-U.S. providers, and designates first non-North American accreditor as “substantially equivalent” to the ACCME.
ACEhp Announces Change in HQ Staff Leadership
Executive Director Robin King has left the building; Mike Saxton to serve as interim director.
ACCME Comes Out Against CMS Proposal to Rescind CME Open Payments Exclusion
The continuing medical education accreditor offers instead to make its own Standards of Commercial Support verification process a tool to fulfill the Open Payments transparency goals.
14 Tips for International Travel and Meeting Planning
A globe-trotting executive shares how not to get caught off-guard during your international program
Being Schooled: Inside a Conference That Works 2
You may have heard Adrian Segar present on the power of peer-created conferences. But it’s something else to see one in action.
Open Payment Update: Web Site Down, Docs’ Ire Up
Glitches abound as docs log in to check the first round of spend reporting before it goes public.
Aligning HCP Interactions on a Global Level
It’s not easy to standardize how a pharma company deals with healthcare professionals across the globe, but it can be done.
Wellness-Focused Meeting Space Debuts at MGM Grand
With its Stay Well guest rooms selling like hotcakes, MGM International takes the concept to the meeting room.
Gallery: Scenes from MPI WEC 2014
Check out the action from this year's Meeting Professionals International World Education Congress!
Attorneys Go Head to Head on Hot Contract Issues
Two of the industry’s top lawyers—one who works the hotel side, the other the planner side—staked out their positions on rate protection, attrition, and liquidated damages during this year’s MPI WEC.

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