The Greater Lansing CVB celebrates Stephanie Wohlfert, CMP, CTA, GMS on her many professional accomplishments including earning her Government Meeting Specialist certification and being named one of the Society of Government Meeting Planner’s Top Young Professionals!
Read below for excerpts from an interview Stephanie did with SGMP.
Q: Who/What influenced you to become involved in the government meeting industry?
A: I have been a SGMP member the past 15 years in three different states. I originally joined SGMP because I was working in the hotel industry, in the government market. I am currently working for a Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). In my role with the CVB, I have the privilege of working with government meeting planners, association planners, and supplier to help promote our locations, our community, and 'both sides' of the meeting industry. I maintain my membership in SGMP because it provides me with incredible networking opportunities and outstanding education sessions which enhance my professional development and leadership skills.
Q: Share an accomplishment that you are very proud of …OR…Share your most unique experience as a meeting professional.
A: This past year I earned a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate through University of South Florida. I'm very passionate about DEI and specifically bringing what I learned through the course to my community in Lansing, Michigan. As a result of acquiring this education, I am committed and engaged in incorporating the concepts and practices of DEI into the many ways we attract, welcome and interact with visitors, meeting professionals, and meeting attendees.
Q: How would you prepare for the future success of the government meeting industry?
A: The return to in-person government meetings has been extremely slow and limited in Michigan. My involvement with SGMP helps me maintain authentic relationships with meeting and other industry professionals. I believe we will, soon, see an increase in in-person meetings. It is apparent that attendees are looking forward to returning to in-person meetings and planners are eager to plan and hold in-person meetings again versus virtual/hybrid meetings. When that time comes, I am prepared to present planners with the accurate, complete information about my community to inform decisions, and to help planners provide meetings for organizations and attendees at the highest level.
This content is an excerpt from SGMP. For a link to SGMP's full article click here: https://lnkd.in/d8tgR44X