Society of Government Meeting Professionals Mission Statement


PNW Chapter mission is to provide a common forum for meeting planners and suppliers as a means of facilitating improvements in the quality and cost effectiveness of government meetings.


PNW Chapter objective is to enhance the expertise of government meeting professionals. 


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Upcoming events

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, October 13, 2021
    • 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Virtual

    Wednesday, October 14, 2021

    "If You Don't Ask For It, You Won't Get It--How to Write an All-Encompassing RFP."   

    The Request for Proposal is the most important meeting document.  It outlines everything a group needs to produce its event.  It allows the venue to decide if this is a good piece of business for the hotel.  It sets the stage for negations. 



    1.  Learn the different requests and when to use each one.

    2.  Learn what to include in the RFP. 

    3.  Learn the importance of creating an all-encompassing RFP so addendums are not necessary.  

    Our speaker Garland Preddy has worked in event management for 40 years and is a consultant to The Society of Government Meeting Professionals, managing and teaching the Certified Government Meeting Professionals class, in addition to other training.

    She is a respected teacher/trainer in the hospitality industry.   She was an adjunct professor at George Washington University Events Management Program for over 20 years and also served as an adjunct professor at George Mason University.

    In 2021, Garland was named as an Innovator by Smart Meetings.   in 2019 she was named to the Collinson Publishing 15 Over 50 for Planners.   In 2018 she was selected by SPIN for 40 over 40, and in 2014 she was named a Trendsetter by Meetings Today, recognized for "her work in the embattled government meetings segment."   In 2012 she received the SGMP Planner of the Year Award.

    • Wednesday, October 20, 2021
    • 10:25 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Virtual
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    “Co-Creating Future Business Practices Between

    Hospitality Sales Executives and Meeting Professionals”

    When:         Wednesday, October 20, 2021

    Where:        Via Zoom

    Speaker:     Lynne Wellish 

    This is not a buyers’ market, this is not a sellers’ market, this is a learner’s market. Hospitality Sales Executives what are the latest negotiating tools are in your arsenal.  Meeting Professionals, what are your must-haves, wants, but more importantly, what is most important to you, the meeting professional, when making a sourcing decision?

    Site tours have changed and so has revenue management. Hybrid & streaming have added new logistical twists that warrant greater collaborative exchange.  Come and share your organic story of evolution as we bring planners and suppliers together to share 2020 experiments and lessons learned that are shaping best practices in 2021 and beyond.

    Learner Outcomes:

    1. What is # 1 Lesson Learned in 2020 relative Live Stream & Hybrid Meeting.

    2. How  2021 and Beyond On-Site Venue Configurations are Changing RFPs.

    3. How Meeting Professionals & Suppliers Are Collaborating More Deeply to Overcome Speedbumps and High Hurdles in 2021 & Beyond.

    If you want to attend, please email me and I will get you the zoom link.

Past events

Wednesday, September 08, 2021 PNW SGMP Chapter WELCOME BACK! Let’s Learn About the Newest Protocols for Event Safety
Wednesday, September 01, 2021 PNW SGMP Chapter ADDED PROGRAM - Security in the New Meeting Space Landscape
Wednesday, June 09, 2021 PWN SGMP Chapter - June Meeting
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 PNW SGMP Chapter "Government Ethics"
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 PNW SGMP Chapter Meeting "Negotiations 101" see description for link
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 PNW Chapter SGMP "Hybrid Meetings"
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 PNW SGMP Chapter "Current Challenges for Planners"
Wednesday, December 09, 2020 PNW SGMP Chapter "Zoom Meetings"
Thursday, November 12, 2020 PNW SGMP Chapter "Revenue Management"
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 PNW SGMP Chapter "Don't Take the Wind Out Of Your Sale"
Wednesday, September 09, 2020 PNW SGMP Chapter "Meeting Planning During a Pandemic"
Tuesday, June 09, 2020 PNW SGMP Chapter "Jeopardy"! A Year in Review and 35th Anniversary Celebration" CANCELLED
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 SGMP Annual National Education Conference "Cancelled"
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 PNW SGMP Chapter "TSA" CANCELLED
Wednesday, April 08, 2020 CANCELED! PNW SGMP Chapter "Behind the Scenes"
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 PNW SGMP Chapter "Contracting: Best Practices " has been cancelled.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 PNW SGMP Chapter "Washington State Ethics"
Wednesday, January 08, 2020 PNW SGMP Chapter "Current Challenges for Planners"
Thursday, December 12, 2019 PNW SGMP Chapter - Today’s Newest Trends in Event Technology and Holiday Luncheon and Silent Auction
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 PNW SGMP Chapter "Event Safety Solutions"
Wednesday, October 09, 2019 PNW SGMP Chapter 1/2 Day Workshop - The Three Ps. Be Prepared. Be Productive. Be Prudent
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 PNW SGMP Chapter Meeting "Navigating Public Transportation in the Greater Puget Sound"
Monday, July 15, 2019 PNW SGMP Board Retreat
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 SGMP Annual National Education Conference
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 PNW SGMP Chapter Meeting "Jeopardy! A Year in Review"
Wednesday, May 08, 2019 PNW SGMP Chapter Meeting "Time Management and Timelines...Begining with the End in Mind".
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 PNW SGMP Chapter Meeting "Revenue Management and MORE!".
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 PNW SGMP Chapter Meeting "Essentials of Leading".
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 PNW SGMP Chapter Meeting "Demystifying the GSA Per Diem Schedule".
Wednesday, January 09, 2019 PNW SGMP Chapter Meeting "Current Challenges for Meeting Planners".
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 PNW SGMP Chapter Meeting "Annual Holiday Silent Auction Fundraiser".
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 PNW SGMP Chapter Meeting "ADA Program".
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 PNW SGMP Chapter Meeting "Understanding the Inner Workings of a Conference Center".
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 PNW SGMP Chapter Meeting "Contracting"
Wednesday, August 08, 2018 PNW SGMP Chapter Social Event

The PNW SGMP Chapter is affiliated with the national Society of Government Meeting Professionals.  We are a group of meeting professionals and hospitality professionals that get together to improve the quality of government meetings.


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