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.

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
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Medical Meetings Across the Pond: What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Stronger
Industry sponsors, medical associations, and third parties feel uneasy but optimistic about the future of medical meetings in Europe, according to a recent survey.
Space Is Still the Final Meeting Frontier 
How to add a little pizazz—and a lot more learning—to your events
ProPublica’s Latest Salvo Against Physician/Pharma Relationships: Fair or Foul?
A Forbes editorial points out fallacies in the latest of the nonprofit’s Dollars for Docs series; ProPublica defends its reporting and its methodology.
Try This: Pitch-Slam
Cross a poetry slam with the TV show “Shark Tank,” and you get a great way to connect new entrepreneurs and those who can help them bring their products to market.
Time to Deep-Six the Panels? 3
Results of a recent survey find that, while they're ubiquitous, the panel discussion model just isn't working for many attendees. Here's a list of pet panel peeves, and suggestions on how to improve them.
Gallery: Learning, Networking, and Sharing at Pharma Forum 2014 
The 2014 Pharma Forum, held March 23-26 at the Orlando World Center Marriott, was all about content and networking. Here are some of the people who made it all happen in the sessions, on the trade show floor, and at the networking events.
Tales from Pharma Forum 2014
Pharma Forum 2014 kicked off with stories that reflected many of the strange and wonderful aspects of planning meetings for the life sciences industry.
Kopelow to Retire as ACCME President
The ACCME’s chief executive announces plans to step down after 30 years of service to the CME community, 20 as ACCME’s president.
ACCME Webinar Outlines New Procedures
Now available: A webinar that explains changes to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education accreditation process.
5 Real-Life Webcast Nightmares, and 5 Sure-Fire Tips 
Eric Vidal, director of product marketing with InterCall, has spent 15 years developing and implementing virtual marketing and learning strategies for global companies. We invited him to share some of his webinar war stories—and a few best practices, so you can keep your virtual meeting room running smoothly.
Pharma Speaker Payments on the Decline 
The most recent ProPublica data-crunch shows pharma shelling out less for promotional speakers. The question is, why?
Trade Shows on the Upswing
According to the latest CEIR Index, gains in the fourth quarter of 2013 were good news for expos.
CIC Announces First Crop of CMP-HC Certificants
See who among those who took the beta test last fall have now joined the ranks of the first-ever holders of the designation for healthcare meeting professionals.
ACCME Adopts Much-Heralded Simplification Process
The changes to the ACCME accreditation process will cut some criteria and clarify terminology in the name of making accreditation less onerous.
Pods and Popcorn: Engaging Meeting Attendees
How you can add value by boosting attendee engagement and learning.

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