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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Phone: (978) 448-0377
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London: A Fall for the Pound Means a Jump for International Bookings
As many predicted, the post-Brexit decline in the pound’s value relative to the dollar has resulted in a jump in London hotel inquiries from the U.S.
Illustration By Jon Valk
If You Like It Then You Better Put a (Digital) Badge on It
Here’s what two organizations learned as they dove into digital badging for their credentialing programs.
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Know Your Meeting’s Soft Cyber Underbelly
How staff, attendees, speakers, and vendors can make an association vulnerable to a cyber attack.
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Are You Prepared for a Cybersecurity Breach at Your Next Event?
Take this survey to help the CIC’s new APEX cybersecurity task force develop ways to help combat this growing threat to the events industry.
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MPI Restructures Staff and Teams
Meeting Professionals International realigns existing staff and brings in new hires to support its strategic growth plan.
ACCME, ABIM Working to Make It Easier to Earn MOC Credits for Continuing Medical Education
Continuing medical education accreditor and internal medicine board upgrade CME Finder tool, announce plan to recognize more continuing medical education activities for maintenance of certification points.
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Time to Bring the Patient’s Voice to CME
Continuing medical education participants regularly hear from experts in disease states and therapies—but rarely from the actual patient. Here’s what patients can bring to the CME table.
Global and GAME Launch CME Awards Program
The Global Continuing Medical Education Impact Award will honor those who are driving CME forward.
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New from CEIR: Trade Show Economic Impact Calculator
The Center for Exhibition Industry Research’s latest tool enables exhibition organizers to calculate the economic impact of their exhibition.
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Do You Have What It Takes to Go From Planning to the C-Suite?
While it’s unusual to see high-level association executives who came up through the meeting planning side, that could be changing. Witness these three planners with their eyes on the top spot.
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The Night the Lights Went Out in Boston
How one association struggled with whether or not to cancel its convention and expo when disaster struck.
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Gallery: Photos from the 2016 ASAE Annual Meeting
Here's a roundup of photos from the 2016 American Society of Association Executives Annual Meeting, held August 13–16 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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How to Gamify Your Event in 6 Simple—not Easy—Steps 1
We already live in a highly gamified world, whether we realize it or not. Here’s how to put the concept to work to achieve your organization’s goals.
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Venues and Destinations, Showcase Your Accessibility Bona Fides
The Event Services Professionals Association just released a customizable toolkit of accessibility checklists hotels, convention centers, and convention and visitors bureaus can customize to show planner clients how they accommodate people with disabilities.
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How to Beat 3 of the Gnarliest Room Block Challenges
At a session at the recent American Society of Association Executives Annual Meeting, experts and audience members put their heads together to beat the challenges that threatened to bust their room blocks.

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