Sue Pelletier

Editor, Medical Meetings/MeetingsNet's 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 The Meetings Group. 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 by Sue Pelletier
Universal WorldEvents Renamed Ashfield Meetings and Events
International pharmaceutical event management company rebrands as part of consolidation under Ashfield umbrella.
A Meeting for Attendees, by Attendees 2
What participant-led meetings are, and why you may want to consider holding one
Why You Need to Attract Newbies to Your Event
A report from CEIR highlights the importance of new attendees to an event’s success—and how you can lure them in.
GSA Cancels 2014 Training and Expo
The General Services Administration pulls the plug on its annual training meeting for the second year.
Mayo Clinic Extends Its Conference's Virtual Reach
How an event designed to spur innovation uses technology to bring its message to a global audience.
ACCME Responds to JAMA Articles Slamming "Medical Communication Companies"
JAMA articles on medical communication companies are rife with misperceptions and errors, according to CME advocates; ACCME CEO Murray Kopelow, MD weighs in.
ACCME Looking for Feedback on Simplification Proposal
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education issues call for comment on proposed changes to its accreditation process.
ACCME Responds to Pew Conflict of Interest Report
In contrast the findings of a recent report, commercially supported CME has sufficient safeguards against bias, says Murray Kopelow, president of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.
Docs, Say Good-Bye to GSK Promotional Speaking Gigs
GlaxoSmithKline says it will no longer pay clinicians to speak at promotional meetings.
Survey Finds Demand Increasing for Online CME and Virtual Courses
Recent data collected by Elsevier, AcademicCME, and ArcheMedX shows nearly all clinicians will either increase or maintain participation in online CE programs in the next year
Pew Prescription Project Issues Recommendations on Physician-Pharma Relationships
Among the suggestions: a ban on attending and speaking at promotional meetings, and no more industry funding for accredited CME
5 Keys to Successful CME Outcomes Assessment
Measuring continuing medical education outcomes can seem daunting—but it doesn’t have to be.
Life Sciences Dilemma: Limiting Liability without Stifling Innovation
Two opening keynote speakers at the Meeting Management and Speaker Programs Life Sciences Forum, held last week at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort and Spa near San Diego, Calif., explored two sides of the same enforcement coin.
Samuel J. Smith on How to Create a Hybrid Event 2
You need the experience of attending a virtual meeting if you want to be successful at planning one, and other tips from a hybrid pro.
Editorial: The Future Is Now
Print magazines are so 20th century—we're bringing the same excellent quality content to a new level with a new magazine app for tablets.

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