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.
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Open Payments: CME Exemption Back on the Table
The latest Open Payments–related draft legislation proposes revising the act to exempt continuing medical education—again.
Starwood’s Innovation Studio Debuts in New York
Starlab aims to bring a startup spirit to the mega-hospitality brand.
SAP CEO to Headline IMEX 2015
Bill McDermott will share his message about the power of meetings with worldwide incentive travel, meeting, and event professionals at the Frankfurt event.
Gallery: RCMA Emerge 2015
RCMA’s Emerge Conference 2015, held Jan. 27¬-29 in Birmingham, Ala., featured a receptions at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, inspirational keynote speakers, useful educational sessions, and a lively tradeshow. Here are some photos from the event.
Food Allergies and Preferences: How Far Do You Have to Go?
Now that everyone seems to have special dietary needs or wants, meeting planners are perplexed at the lengths (and costs) to which they have to go to satisfy attendees’ appetites.
Democratic Convention Returns to Philadelphia for 2016
It’s official: The 2016 Democratic National Convention will take place in Philadelphia for the first time since 1948.
Disrupting Medical Education, One Hack at a Time
Students, physicians, scientists, software designers, and business execs gather at Tufts to reinvent the state of medical education.
SGMP Warns of Housing Scam
The Society of Government Meeting Professionals falls victim to housing poacher, issues alert to members
Getting to Know ACCME’s New Chief Exec
Physician and educator Graham McMahon on navigating the new landscape as he transitions from Harvard Medical School to the continuing medical education accreditor.
Nor’easter’s Travel Effects Likely to Linger
Storm-related driving bans and airport closures likely will affect meeting-related travel in New England—and beyond—this week.
Northeast Meetings Face the Big Blizzard
The good news is that there aren't many mega-conferences on the agenda in the Northeast early this week. The bad news is those that are in town over the upcoming nor'easter likely will face weather-related challenges.
Cyber Security: A Real Risk for Meetings 4
You may not know it, but hacks and cyber attacks on meetings and events should be on the list of things that keep you up at night. Here’s why.
Mayo Civic Center Undergoing $79 Million Expansion
The project will nearly double the size of the Rochester, Minn., facility.
Image by Pogonici/ThinkStock by Getty Images
Predicting Future Global Medical Meeting Trends
Execs at BCD M&I and Universal Meeting Management, which BCD M&I acquired last summer, talk about what it takes to grow a life sciences meeting management firm worldwide.
Scenes from the ACEhp Annual Conference
Here are a few glimpses from the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Profession's 40th Annual Conference, held January 14–17, 2015, in Grapevine, Texas.

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