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
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Articles
Panel to Pharma Planners: Your Job is Not to Plan Meetings
Among the changes in meetings identified by a cross-industry panel conducting a session at Pharma Forum 2015 in National Harbor, Md., this week: Meeting managers need to shift their focus from meeting planning to using meetings to support delegates.
10 Top Meeting Trends for 2015
From outdoor adventures to increased Wi-Fi demand, here's what Benchmark Hospitality International is predicting we’ll see more of this year.
Upscale Hotel to Open in Portland, Ore.
Coming this spring to Portand’s fast-growing East Side: The Hotel Eastlund, a $10 million boutique hotel.
Ashfield Meetings and Events Opens Calif. Office
The full-service global event management company expands to meet growing need on West Coast.
March Meeting Planning Madness Tournament
March Madness, Meetings Style 1
Here’s your chance to vote on what about working in meeting management you find most maddening.
5 Negotiating Tips to Get the Hotel Contract You Want
John Foster, Esq., CHME, shares some of the meetings-related negotiating knowledge he’s gained serving as counsel for more than 400 associations.
Meeting the Medical Meetings Challenge
How one facility handles the special needs of its medical meetings clients
On Location: Keystone, Colo.
One editor's impressions of Keystone, Colo., as a meeting destination gleaned during a late-February fam trip to the Rocky Mountain ski village.
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.

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