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
Twitter: http://twitter.com/spelletier
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Articles
5 Ways to Drive FOMO for Your Event 4
People now value experiences over stuff—and they love to share those experiences. And make those who missed it jealous. You can use this to market your event.
Wi-Fi Is Great—Until You’re Hacked 3
When planners secure Wi-Fi for their meetings, network speeds and reliability are their biggest concerns. Editor Sue Pelletier argues that's not all they should be worrying about.
What the Heck Is a Microcredential?
Associations today need to provide members with just-in-time, targeted education—plus proof of their knowledge gains. One solution: digital badges, the next big thing in conference education
3 Strategies to Emotionally Connect Attendees to Your Event
From puppies to profiling, IMEX Group’s Carina Bauer explains how the trend toward personalization of events played out at IMEX America this year—and how you can use it to up your event’s emotional quotient.
Hilton Anatole Adds Event Lawns and Pool Complex
The $20 million addition to the Dallas Hilton Anatole includes new outdoor space for meals and receptions.
Exterior of Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa
Keeping up with Palace: New Openings and Upgrades
Mexico’s luxury all-inclusive resort brand has expanded to Jamaica and added a resort-within-a-resort to its signature property in Cancun—and it’s well on its way to opening a new Los Cabos property.
The Big Shows Keep Getting Bigger
New research finds that trade shows with at least 125,000 square feet of expo floor are gaining exhibitors, square footage, sponsorship sales, and number of attendees.
Jamie Murdock, vice president of sales, Experient
How to Tame the Out-of-Control Room Block 1
Five ways you can protect your hotel room block from those pesky out-of-the-block bookers.
3 Cybersecurity Questions You Need to Answer Now
Now that even hacker conventions are being hacked, you need to shore up your cyber defenses to keep your data, and your attendees’ data, safe.
What Planners Want in Site Selection Technology
A recent GBTA Foundation study finds that, while the technology exists to help meeting professionals throughout the site-sourcing process, just over half—57 percent—say they currently use meeting management technology to plan their events.
Meet the New Generation of Trade Show Hot Shots
IAEE announces its latest crop of 20 Under 30 honorees.
ExCel London CEO David Pegler at IMEX America 2016
London Calling: Brexit Means UK Just Got More Affordable
The post-Brexit drop in the pound means one of the world’s top spots just got more affordable for international meetings and incentives.
Gallery: Meet the WowMakers
Here are some of the event professionals who were honored at Hilton's Museum of Wow for their creativity, ingenuity, and overall ability to "wow" their attendees.
Hilton's Museum of Wow
Time to Bring Planners Into the Spotlight
Hilton’s new WowMakers program aims to sing the praises of the previously unsung heroes of the meetings industry—meeting planners.
The crowd surges onto the show floor on opening day of IMEX America 2016
Gallery: On the Scene at IMEX America 2016
IMEX America 2016 was a whirlwind of buyer-seller appointments, an over-the-top expo floor, an educational extravaganza, and lots of extracurricular activities. Here's a gallery of photos from the event.

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