Pre-Conference Offerings 2019-04-22T14:59:18-04:00

Pre-Conference Offerings

Enhance Your Learning

For government meeting professionals who are interested in even more education, 2019 NEC offers a number of pre-conference events, at separate registration fees.

Planner Bootcamp

Learn the steps of meeting planning from beginning to end. You’ll learn best practices and standards in the industry for setting up an event which includes; timelines, requests for proposals, contract negotiations, food and beverage procedures, function room setups, audio visual needs, and sample tasks lists. Whether you are brand new or a seasoned planner, there is something new for everyone.

Date – Tuesday, June 25, 2019; 9:00 – 12:00 pm
Fee – $125
Presenter – Anita Yearwood, CMP, CGMP, Director of Stewardship Events, Virginia Commonwealth University

Supplier Bootcamp

Learn crucial tips and tricks for marketing and selling to the government sector. This course includes first steps for preparing your company’s bid on government business, how to use the System Award Management and other required government bidding processes, how to respond to a government RFP, ethics in conducting government business, and more.

Date – Tuesday, June 25, 2019; 9:00 – 12:00 pm
Fee –  $125
Presenter – Cheryl Gordon, Director of Government Sales, B.F. Saul Company Hospitality Group

Protocol Bootcamp

In this course, you will learn the rules, procedures, conventions and ceremonies that relate to relations between states. Learn precedence topics between federal or local government officials, US Flag protocol tips, the system of international courtesy, and gift giving in the government sector.

Date – Tuesday, June 25, 2019; 9:00 – 12:00 pm
Fee – $125
Presenter – Kathleen Ryan, CGMP, Customer Engagement Eastern Region Team Lead, The Boeing Company

CGMP Course & Exam

Attendees who successfully complete this three-day course and exam will earn their Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) designation. Learn more.
Date – Saturday, June 22 – Monday, June 24, 2019
Exam – Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Fee – $595 (includes materials)
Presenter – Garland Preddy, CGMP, Director of Education and Training, Society of Government Meeting Professionals

CGMP Summit

This full-day session is by invitation-only for current CGMP members. Discussions include diversity, ethics, risk management, hotel contracts, sustainable F&B and more. Please contact us  for more information.
Date – Monday, June 24, 2019; 9:00 am – 4:45 pm
Fee – $150

Joint Leadership Session

This session is for current and incoming chapter Presidents, 1st Vice Presidents and 2nd Vice Presidents and provides time for networking and learning best practices for chapter operations, marketing and leadership development.

Date – Tuesday, June 25, 2019; 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Chapter Operations Sessions

This session is for chapter members who want to learn more about supporting their chapter in a leadership capacity in one of the following areas: Treasurer, Communications, Programming and Fundraising.

Date – Tuesday, June 25, 2019; 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm; 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm


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