enhancing the knowledge and expertise of government meeting professionals

Our meetings offer excellent education, skill building, and networking opportunities and are usually held the first Thursday of every month from 11:30am-1:30pm.

2018-2019 GOSGMP Calendar

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Upcoming events

    • April 04, 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Radisson Red Portland - 1455 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

    Description: Join a leading mobile app provider for an informative and entertaining discussion on how to get the most out of mobile apps for your conference. We'll share stories and discuss several key topics, such as important terms to know, increasing attendee engagement, improving supplier/vendor participation, analytics, and what Apple and Android require of meeting organizers.

    Meeting planners – and suppliers – can learn how to take advantage of mobile event apps before, during, and after the events.

    Mobile conference and meeting apps are now common tools for meeting professionals. There are more than 130 mobile app providers around the world. The range of features, pricing, and business models are all over the map, and so it can be confusing to compare providers and gauge differences. Planners wrestle with increasing engagement, calculating ROI, and satisfying both internal constituents and sponsors. Now, with policies established by Apple in early 2018, organizations are tasked with enrolling and maintaining licenses with Apple, which means that organizations are ultimately responsible for their branded apps.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Discover the key triggers for attendee engagement
    • Understand the 5-step plan to increase app downloads and installs
    • Know the differences between Apple vs. Android, and why the Apple Developer Program is important
    • Compare the benefits of branded vs. container apps
    • Share best app practices with other planners
    • Learn about issues that affect mobile event apps

    Specific benefits and takeaways:

    • Questions to ask when interviewing mobile app providers
    • What are the unique requirements for government and university-based meeting apps?
    • 5-Step promotional action plan to increase downloads and installs
    • How to be better organized when integrating a mobile app
    • The pros and cons of gamification
    • How to merchandise and generate revenue from sponsors
    • Setting expectations: organization leadership, attendees, exhibitors/sponsors, and speakers

    Speaker Bio: Phil Rappoport is responsible for sales, marketing, and client services for OpenConcept Systems, Inc., the developer of the AgendaPop event app. AgendaPop is in its 8th year of customizing its mobile app for conferences around the world.

    He is an adjunct faculty member for the national Society of Government Meeting Professionals and will be leading a session at the National Education Conference for the third consecutive year. He has been invited to give talks about mobile technology to various organizations around the country including MPI, PCMA, SGMP, ASAE, and others.

    Phil has served in marketing and promotion management capacities for companies in technology, consumer products, and broadcasting, such as AOL, Fox Television, Sony, and Tribune. During AOL’s early years, Phil became the Internet’s very first director of online promotion. One of Phil’s notable achievements in that role was creating the Internet’s largest promotion – "Celebrity You’ve Got Mail" – in which he invited famous actors, musicians, and sports figures to utter their own "You’ve Got Mail" phrase. Prior to that in the 1990s, he produced a weekly late-night entertainment program for the ABC Television network.

    Host Property



    Radisson Red Portland
    1455 SW Broadway
    Portland, OR 97201




Past events

March 07, 2019 Planning a Lower Stress Life with Humor and Play
February 10, 2019 2019 GOSGMP Annual Conference
January 03, 2019 Unlocking the Secrets to Why Hotels are Rejecting my Business
December 06, 2018 Developing an Innovative Mindset
November 01, 2018 Diversity and Inclusion
October 23, 2018 Special half-day technology training
September 06, 2018 What can GOSGMP do for you?
May 03, 2018 Masters Class: A Discussion of Current and Emerging Technologies in Audio Visual Technology
April 05, 2018 Earthquake Preparedness: How to prepare yourself and your participants if the ‘Big One” hits
February 25, 2018 2018 GOSGMP Annual Conference
February 01, 2018 Tricks of the Trade: Management tools that help make what we do look easy
January 04, 2018 Putting CVBs to work for your meetings
December 07, 2017 A Night at the Museum with GOSGMP
November 02, 2017 Using Twitter and Facebook to promote sponsors at your event
October 05, 2017 Drawing the Lines: An Oregon Government Ethics Review
September 07, 2017 What can GOSGMP do for you?
June 01, 2017 How Suppliers and Planners Can Negotiate to Get What They Need in an RFP
May 04, 2017 Update - ADA Compliance Issues
April 06, 2017 Managing Change; How Change Impacts the Meetings Industry
March 02, 2017 Partnering with your CVB
February 12, 2017 2017 GOSGMP Annual Conference
January 05, 2017 Crisis Management for Events
December 01, 2016 Newest Technology Affecting Your Events
November 03, 2016 Working Styles, True Colors Business Communication Skills
October 06, 2016 Run, Hide, Fight: Surviving an Active Shooter Incident
September 01, 2016 Giving and Receiving Feedback
June 02, 2016 How Prepared are You if an Emergency or Natural Disaster Happens?
May 05, 2016 Take Your Room and Table Sets to a New Dimension AND the Annual Dessert Dash!
April 07, 2016 Sedentary Work
March 03, 2016 Oregon Government Ethics Overview
January 07, 2016 Beat Burnout! Feel Better, Improve Relationships and Get More Done
December 03, 2015 Doing Business with the Government Using ORPIN
November 05, 2015 Don’t Take the Wind Out of Your Sale – Understanding Planner Supplier Relationships
October 01, 2015 Five Pillars of Leadership to Influence and Engage People
September 03, 2015 Speaking Clearly, Listening Intently: The Art of Communication
June 04, 2015 Dealing with Bandwidth Issues
May 07, 2015 Food Trends in Meeting Planning
April 02, 2015 Contracts
February 22, 2015 2015 GOSGMP Annual Conference
February 05, 2015 Working with Convention Services Managers
January 08, 2015 Extend Your Reach With Social Media
December 04, 2014 Relationship building
November 06, 2014 Navigating diversity issues in our world
October 02, 2014 Meeting nightmares and solutions
September 04, 2014 Meet Prepared: Contingency planning for your event
June 05, 2014 Smart Phone Apps and Virtual Meetings: Why your attendees expect a mobile event app
May 01, 2014 Planning Large Scale Events
April 03, 2014 Business Roundtable - How to Create Your Own Conference Toolkit
March 06, 2014 Meetings: The Greenest Approach
February 04, 2014 Stay and Play in Oregon
January 27, 2014 GOSGMP Annual Conference
January 09, 2014 Time Management: How Do Planners Do It All?
December 10, 2013 Stay and Play in Oregon
December 05, 2013 A Cultural Perspective: Learn Cultural Competency Tips when Planning your Meetings
November 07, 2013 Putting your CVB's to work for your meetings
October 08, 2013 Stay and Play in Oregon
October 03, 2013 Ethics and Etiquette in Meeting Planning - A Broad Overview
September 05, 2013 September Monthly Program: Planning Healthy Meetings
September 04, 2013 Stay and Play in Oregon
August 05, 2013 Stay and Play in Oregon
June 06, 2013 ORPIN: Doing Business With Government
May 02, 2013 Breaking the Cycle of Overwhelm
April 04, 2013 Meet Prepared: Contingency Planning for Your Event
March 07, 2013 What's New in ADA
February 10, 2013 GOSGMP Annual Education Conference
January 03, 2013 TSA - What is this?
December 06, 2012 Do You Need Per Diem? Understanding How Hotels Manage Inventory
November 02, 2012 GOSGMP Bandanna/Gigi Hill Bags
November 01, 2012 November Monthly Program: Government Ethics Statues
October 04, 2012 October's Monthly Program: Change Management, Embracing the Inevitable Reality
September 06, 2012 September Monthly Program: Your Meeting Budget
August 19, 2012 Fun-O-Rama FUNdraiser

Education handouts from past meetings - find them here!

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