Monthly meetings are 11:30 am to 1:30 pm the first Thursday of the month and are held at a member hotel/conference center. Members arrive at 11:30 am for networking, followed by lunch, and an educational program. Afterwards, the host property can provide members with a tour of their facility.
Beginning September 2015, monthly luncheon meetings are $18 for government planners, $35 for member suppliers and $40 for non-member suppliers if registered by the Friday prior. Registration increases by $3 after that Friday.
GOSGMP encourages members to bring guests to the monthly educational meetings to learn more about our organization and its benefits. Planner guests attend their first meeting free of charge. If you are considering membership to GOSGMP, contact a board member to arrange an invitation to one of our next meetings!
Below is a printable calendar and a list of locations for our 2016-2017 GOSGMP Education Meetings. If there are any questions please contact Jan Johnston, CGMP, First Vice President. Thank you.
Our two-day annual education conference is held each January or February. The location of the conference rotates around the state. This event features a variety of educational and professional development sessions, professional speakers, workshops, site tours of local hotels, convention centers, and attractions, as well as networking and social events.
national education conference
The biggest annual event in the government meetings industry is SGMPs National Education Conference (NEC), where government professionals come together for one-stop and non-stop education, resources and networking. The NEC takes place every summer in either May or June.
Between the welcome reception and our Sam Gilmer awards banquet, the NEC features keynote speakers, education sessions, leadership training, live and silent auctions to raise money for scholarships, our new tech fair, and the largest exhibit hall in the government meetings industry. There are also pre-conference workshops and post-conference tours.
SGMPs 1st annual education conference took place in Maryland in 1983, where 68 attendees met for four education seminars and 36 supplier tables. Today, nearly 1,000 professionals meet for ~30 education sessions and more than 250 exhibit booths.