Pre-Conference Offerings 2020-04-10T11:41:48-04:00

Pre-Conference Offerings

Enhance Your Learning

For government meeting professionals who are interested in even more education, 2020 NEC offers a number of pre-conference events, at separate registration fees.

Both the CGMP Summit and the CGMP Course/Exam have separate registration links; please see below. For all other pre-conference event registrations, please register on the full conference registration page.

Planner Bootcamp

This session will teach you best practices and standards in the hospitality industry for setting up events, which include timelines, request for proposals, contract negotiations, food and beverage procedures, function room setups, audiovisual needs and sample task lists. Whether you are brand new or a seasoned planner, there is something new for everyone!
Date – Tuesday, May 19, 2020; 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Presenter – Anita Yearwood, CGMP, CMP, Director of Stewardship Events, Virginia Commonwealth University
Fee – $125
You can select to attend this bootcamp when you register online for the 2020 NEC.

Supplier Bootcamp

Do you know how to capture government business for your hotels? Do you understand the needs of the government client? When working with the government, you need to speak their language. Do you know what these are… per diem; SAM; BETA.SAM; FEMA; DUNS; CAGE CODE; NAICS; FAR; PO? Do you know the proper ethics when working with the government – what you should and shouldn’t say and do? Leave empowered and ready to enhance your government client relationships! Join Cheryl Gordon, Senior National Director of Government Sales for B.F. Saul Company Hospitality Group at the SGMP NEC Government Boot camp to learn the answers to these questions and much more!
Date – Tuesday, May 19, 2020; 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Presenter – Cheryl Gordon, CGMP, Director of Government Sales, B.F. Saul Company Hospitality Group
Fee – $125
You can select to attend this bootcamp when you register online for the 2020 NEC.

Business Etiquette and Protocol

This session is included as part of both the Planner and Supplier Bootcamps. There is no separate registration fee for this session.

Business Etiquette and Protocol- Mastering Customer Engagements
This session will help you strengthen first-impression skills while working to develop strong customer relationships across your organization or company and achieve positive and professional interactions with customers, partners and colleagues. The presentation will cover attending and hosting military meetings and meetings with high-level officials including demystifying ranks and abbreviations. It will conclude with how to be a welcoming host while hosting customers and clients at socials and meals.
Presenter – Kathleen Ryan, CGMP, Boeing Customer Engagement Team Lead


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. Check out the full CGMP Summit schedule here.
Date – Monday, May 18, 2020; 9:00 am – 4:45 pm
Fee – $150


CGMP Course & Exam

Attendees who successfully complete this three-day course and exam will earn their Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) designation. Learn more.
Course Date – Saturday, May 16 – Monday, May 18, 2020
Exam – Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Presenter – Garland Preddy, CGMP, Director of Education and Training, Society of Government Meeting Professionals
Fee – $595 (includes materials)


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, May 19, 2020; 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, May 19, 2020; 2:45 pm – 5:00 pm


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