Sue Pelletier

Editor and mad blogger,

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.

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
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How to Gamify Your Event in 6 Simple—not Easy—Steps
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Venues and Destinations, Showcase Your Accessibility Bona Fides
The Event Services Professionals Association just released a customizable toolkit of accessibility checklists hotels, convention centers, and convention and visitors bureaus can customize to show planner clients how they accommodate people with disabilities.
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ASAE Focuses on Education, Advocacy, and Innovation
At the American Society of Association Executives Annual Meeting, ASAE’s chief exec highlights progress on the organization’s latest initiatives.
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Association for Women in Events Now Accepting Applications for 2017-2019 Board
AWE is looking for men and women in the events industry to receive the board-of-directors baton from its inaugural BOD members.
ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE
ASAE Announces New Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
The association of association executives doubles down on inclusivity, including new contract language it will use for its own future events.
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Newly Launched: An Association for LGBT Meeting and Event Planners
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Rod Abraham to Take the Helm at SPIN
The Senior Planners Industry Network has named industry veteran Rod Abraham to be its new executive director.
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Does Your Event Take Advantage of Today’s Post-and-Share Culture?
A new study shows nearly all participants like to share content when they go to events.
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You’re ready to be a strategic asset to your organization. Now you just have to convince the boss.
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Annual CME Industry Report 2015: Ups and Downs
While total reported income drops slightly, activities and participants are still on the rise.
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Delta Airlines Computer Glitch Causes Worldwide Cancellations
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Expo Report: Things Are Looking Up
Trade show execs report rising expectations for 2016.

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