SGMP LA currently has 6 Chapter Committees actively working to improve services to members and the Louisiana meeting planning industry. Our Chapter finds it beneficial to designate committees to assist the Chapter officers in the organizational and administrative aspects of running a successful Chapter. In their areas of concern, these committees will consider objectives, discuss options, make recommendations, and implement Chapter decisions when called on to do so. Service on committees can also identify Chapter members who have special skills that may make them good officer candidates. Please contact our committee chairs if you have any questions or have an interest in joining a committee.
The Communications Committee is the voice of SGMP LA through our newsletter, Louisiana Lagniappe, our various social media outlets, and our website. Our committee members generate most of the content that is shared with the membership via these channels. Our goal is to share information, resources and best practices that are relevant to our membership and content that will enhance our planners and supplier's roles within their organization.
For more information or to join the committee, please contact Jennifer Graffeo, CGMP at Communications@sgmpla.net
Community Involvement Committee
SGMP LA members are eager to volunteer and be active within our community. This committee works to find and create opportunities in and that directly benefit our local communities. These opportunities include but are not limited to volunteering at a food bank, hosting a school supply drive, and participating in a Habitat for Humanity build.
For more information or to join the committee, please contact Zondra Jones at 2ndVP@sgmpla.net
Education and Programming Committee
The Education and Programming Committee provides educational opportunities to enhance members personal and professional development. This committee plans our monthly education luncheons, books guests speakers, secure meeting locations, and plans food and beverage menus. This committee also oversees member participation in GMS and CGMP certification.
For more information, to host meetings, or to join the committee, please contact Susan Shaffette, CGMP at Programs@sgmpla.net
Fundraising and Sponsorship Committee
The Fundraising and Sponsorship Committee generates revenue for our chapter through ad revenue in our newsletter and on our website. Revenue raised directly benefits our members via education scholarships and the hiring of paid speakers.
For more information, to purchase ad placement, or to join the committee, please contact LeAnna Toups-Bennett, CGMP at President@sgmpla.net
The Hospitality Committee serves to promote fellowship throughout the chapter. This committee helps to foster and promote a friendly, welcoming, and caring community within our chapter. The general work of the hospitality committee is to welcome new members, connect with existing members to ensure our chapter retains members, celebration member birthdays and anniversaries, and communication about member career milestones.
For more information or to join the committee, please contact Shawn Braud, CGMP at Secretary@sgmpla.net
The Membership Committee is responsible for the major functions related to management of chapter membership. This includes ensuring and overseeing membership database maintenance, developing and implementing member recruitment and retention strategies, and employing and enhancing communication and outreach to promote members’ involvement and connection to the chapter.
For more information or to join the committee, please contact LeAnna Toups-Bennett, CGMP and Melissa Lee, CGMP at Membership@sgmpla.net