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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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.
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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.
Graham T. McMahon, MD, MMSc, Appointed New ACCME CEO
ACCME Appoints New CEO
Graham T. McMahon, MD, MMSc, to succeed the medical education accreditor’s longtime leader, Murray Kopelow, MD
10 Ways to Save Costs on Association Meetings
Three experts shared some of their best cost-saving tips during a recent MeetingsNet webinar.
Northern Light Partners with Xstracta to Beef Up Medical Conference Content Portal
The deal could mean the addition of tens of thousands of new posters and abstracts to Northern Light’s life sciences conference content portal.
CME Trend Watch: The Rise of Interprofessional Education
A panel at the Fall CMEpalooza said continuing healthcare professional education that brings together nurses, physicians, pharmacists—and even patients—is an idea gaining momentum
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.