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Have We Lost Our Focus? 

By Preethi Fernando

JANUARY 24, 2023

11:20 PM  - 12:30 PM PST


In this session author, speaker, and consultant Preethi Fernando gives practical, easy to grasp and back to basics tools on regaining our focus and concentration. After engaging for one hour for a virtual session you will be able to better handle that task you have been putting off, not get wound up around that insensitive comment made by a toxic employee, have the self-discipline to not look at incoming text alerts fifty two times a day, and be better able to filter out mentally defeating thoughts. This is indeed a great topic to start your 2023 as a government meeting planner and supplier.

The Newest in TSA Travel Requirements & Public Initiatives

By Lorie Dankers of Transport Security Administration

FEBRUARY 8, 2023

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM PST


Arriving at the airport to board your flight can be stressful these days with the long lines and delays we have all had to deal with at times lately. Understanding how the Transport Security Administration works and their latest requirement and public initiatives can help make your airport experience much easier and less stressful.

Upcoming Events & Meetings:

March Educational Meeting - Cyber Security

Dates TBD - hosted by the Greater Oregon Chapter

SGMP National Events

June 6 - 8, 2023

2023 National Educational Conference 


We have vacant positions on the board of directors, please contact any board member if you are interested in applying for an open position!

The Golden State Chapter of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals congratulates the newly installed Board of Directors for the upcoming 2021-2023 term:

President, Marilee Moon-Vanni

CA Department of Health Care Services


1st Vice President, Kendall House

Dairy Council of California


2nd Vice President, Christine Consunji

Great Wolf Lodge,

Garden Grove-Anaheim



Treasurer, Narimel Tarver

Visit Sacramento

Secretary, Vacant

 Directors (3): 

Planner Director, Vacant

Supplier Director, Marie Cicogni

Holiday Inn - Downtown Sacramento

Contract Planner, Lorena Moore


The terms of office will run from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023.

Immediate Past President, Karen Charest




12681 Harbor Blvd Garden Grove CA 92840

Adaptable meeting spaces and state-of-the-art conference rooms, fully-invested-in-your-success sales professionals and total event seamlessness, it’s easy to combine productivity with enjoy-ability and bring groups together for a memorable escape.

SGMP was founded in 1981 and is the only national organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to government meetings.

The SGMP mission is to enhance and promote the expertise of government meeting professionals. Our objectives are to improve the quality of, and promote the cost-effectiveness of, government meetings.


Everyone loves a party, and there’s nothing like the good-time atmosphere at California’s top events. Here, you’ll find festivals, fairs, competitions, and championships worth adding to your itinerary or making destinations in themselves. Escape to food and wine extravaganzas in bucket-list destinations like Napa Valley and Yosemite. Take part in rock-the-world music festivals like Coachella near Palm Springs or Outside Lands in San Francisco.

Take part in rock-the-world music festivals like Coachella near Palm Springs or Outside Lands in San Francisco. See the stars walk by at film festivals and award shows in Los Angeles, whoop it up with the kids at classic country fairs in the Central Valley and watch ultimate athletes take on monster waves at Maverick’s or zoom across the state in Amgen Tour of California.

While many events have plenty of space for all, some, such as Laguna Beach’s Pageant of the Masters, often sell out well in advance, so pre-planning is essential (check websites for details on tickets and dates).

Set on an iconic stretch of the Central California coast, Monterey County has an abundance of beautiful wide-open spaces and unique places to accommodate government meetings from 10 to 3,000 attendees.  The Monterey County CVB looks forward to being your liaison to customize the destination’s diverse venues and activities for your programs.

Recent Renovations and Updates:

        A remodel of Carmel Mission Inn’s 165 guest rooms and meeting space was completed in April 2020 and renovation of courtyard, lobby and restaurant estimated to be completed by late Spring 2021.

        Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa increased inventory for a total of 560 newly renovated guest rooms and suites, along with redesigned restaurant, public spaces and new front entrance.

        Monterey Marriott has redesigned its 341 guest rooms and spacious suites to incorporate contemporary room décor.

         Portola Hotel & Spa’s newly renovated 379 guest rooms feature coastal inspired décor and upgraded amenities.

        Monterey Conference Center has secured the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR Facility Accreditation, which recognizes facilities that have the work practices, procedures and protocols in place to prepare, respond to and recover from outbreaks and pandemics.

For more information refer to  and meeting planner microsite 

Contact Us:

Society of Government Meeting Professionals

Golden State Chapter

P.O. Box 188204 Sacramento, CA 95814

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