Pre-Conference Offerings 2019-05-10T13:30:58-04:00

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

Are you getting started with meeting planning for government events or simply want to step up your skills? This Planner Boot Camp will share best practices and standards in the hospitality industry for setting up government meetings, conferences and events which include timelines, requests for proposals, contract negotiations, food and beverage procedures, function room setups, audio visual needs and sample tasks lists. Learn what you need to know when planning a government meeting whether at the local, state or federal level. Make plans to learn something new from Anita Yearwood, CGMP, CMP, Director of Stewardship Events in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at Virginia Commonwealth University. Whether you are brand new or a seasoned government meeting and events planner, there is something new for everyone.

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


Supplier Bootcamp

Capturing government business for your meeting or hotel is a priority. But do you really understand all of the needs government clients have? Working with the government requires speaking its unique language. For example, do you know what per diem, SAM, FBO, FEMA NO, DUNS, CAGE CODE, NAICS, FAR and PO mean and how they affect your government meetings business? Do you know the proper ethics when working with the government including what you should and shouldn’t say and do? Join Cheryl Gordon, CGMP, Senior National Director of Government Sales for B.F. Saul Company Hospitality Group, who will answer these questions and arm you with the knowledge you to need to supply goods and services for government meetings large and small.

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


Business Etiquette and Protocol Bootcamp

Mastering customer engagement at meetings large and small can make a difference in how you and your work are perceived. Relationships across your organization or company and with customers, partners and colleagues are so critical to success with government meetings. This is why it is worth your time learning what you need to know about business etiquette, cyber courtesy, and military meetings so you can make a positive, lasting first impression whether you plan or provide goods and services for government meetings. Learn from Kathleen Ryan, CGMP, a Customer Engagement Team Lead at Boeing, retired Air Force Officer and former Chief of Protocol for the Department of the Air Force as she walks you through what you need to know from how to handle digital communication, to where to put your phone, and how to socialize and conduct business at the dining table. Kathleen will explain what you need to know about attending and hosting and attending military meetings, including demystifying ranks and abbreviations, appropriate seating, how to appropriately address military officers, and other common practices.

Date – Tuesday, June 25, 2019; 9:00 am – 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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