Speaking the Meeting Planner Language

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
8:00 a.m. – Breakfast & Networking
8:30 a.m. – Program
10:00 a.m. – Event Concludes

Radisson Hotel Madison
517 Grand Canyon Drive, Madison


FREE for GMCVB partners and their staff


Meetings and conventions are big business and knowing a meeting planner’s needs is crucial to gaining and retaining events. Join us for a panel discussion with experienced local meeting planners who will share their needs and current trends in the events industry. Panelists will articulate information specific to their sector and provide an enhanced understanding of the meeting planner profession to help partners grow their business.

Janet Sperstad, CMP
Meeting and Event Management Program Director,  Madison College

Janet Sperstad, CMP, is the Program Director for the Meeting and Event Management Degree Program at Madison Area Technical College. The Madison College program, which Ms. Sperstad founded, is the first Associate Degree program in meeting and event management in the U.S. Janet is a 20-year veteran of meeting and event management and has worked for a Fortune 500 global company, a statewide association and owned a professional event management firm.

Janet’s successful career has included numerous accolades such as Madison College’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year (2005), MPI-Wisconsin Chapter’s Hall of Fame (2006), Meeting Professionals International (MPI) International Planner of the Year (2007-2008), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Professional Achievement Honoree (2014), and a #CMP30 Influencer which was voted on by her peers as part of the Certified Meeting Professionals (CMP) Program’s 30th Anniversary (2015). Janet also received the tremendous honor of receiving the MPI-WED Chairman’s Award in 2015 that recognized her career in education and success in getting Meeting Planning as an official job definition recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Michelle Czosek, CAE
President & CEO, Wisconsin Society of Association Executives

Christopher Dyer
Partner & Accounts Director, Morgan Data Solutions Association Management

Reggie Driscoll, CMP
Meeting Planner, State Bar of Wisconsin

Kim Kreiger
Physicist Assistant, IceCube (University of Wisconsin Madison)

Questions? Contact Jill Schmitz at gmcvbevents@visitmadison.com or (608) 441-3947