Letter From the President

Dear NATCAP Members,


Back-to-school time for my family means back to routines. As a planner, I need the predictability and schedules so I can coordinate the carpools, after-school sports, my work, work travel, as well as my volunteer roles (Girl Scouts and NATCAP, of course). It can be a lot to juggle; and as a mom, I have often found myself putting my “stuff” last (funny how exercise seems to be the first thing to go). As professionals in the event industry, I know many of you do the same thing—putting your work and events first, and your own professional development on the back burner. I hope this note will remind you to find ways to carve out a little time for you and your professional education during this back-to-school time. SGMP provides many opportunities to enhance your skills and expand your networking circle, which will elevate your career in the long run.


Here are just a few ideas, depending on how much time you have to spare:


  •         Read this newsletter (20 minutes).
  •         Read the weekly electronic newsletter, The SGMP Link (30-60 minutes).
  •         Write an article (1-2 hours).
  •         Attend a Chapter meeting or event (2 hours).
  •         Join a National or Chapter committee (2-4 hours a month).
  •         Attend the National Education Conference (3 days).


The fall schedule is on the website and I hope to see you at an event soon!





Jesse Strauss, CMP, CGMP, CVEP




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