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SGMP National Events

June 6 - 8, 2023

2023 National Educational Conference 

Join us for the next Chapter In-Person Meeting! May 24, 2023, at the

 Location TBD - Stay Tuned

Reception/Networking will begin at 4:45 p.m. and the meeting and educational session will start at 5:00 p.m.

Do you feel in a rut? Do you feel like you need to take your career to the next level? Or want a new challenge? Come hear about the Master’s program at San Diego State University. This 18-month program from the Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management will provide you with a Master's in either Hotel Tourism or Meeting and Event Management. Its unique courses will prepare you for that next leadership level and prepare you for that C-Suite role.

Lauren Goff is the Incoming President of the MPISSN Chapter and currently supports the Global Meetings & Events program team at Medtronic where she is responsible for project management, sourcing, negotiating supplier agreements, improving processes and systems, as well as executing long-term strategies for the Strategic Meetings Management Program. Lauren has been with Medtronic since 2013 as a Senior Meeting Manager for the Office of Medical Affairs and Renal Denervation Therapy. Before Medtronic, Lauren worked for the CA Department of General Services as a Meeting & Conference Specialist as a CGMP and member of SGMP. Lauren received her BA degree from the San Francisco State University and recently a Master’s in Meeting & Event Management at SDSU. She is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and is a remote employee located in Sacramento, CA. She enjoys being outdoors and volunteering with the Active 20-30 Club of Greater Sacramento in her free time, in addition to taking care of her 4-year-old son Atlas, dog Penny, pig Peppa, 3 chickens, 2 cats and a fish.



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



5321 Date Ave Sacramento, CA 95841

Enjoy the Northern California sunshine as well as contemporary amenities and friendly 24/7 service at Wyndham Sacramento, conveniently located off I-80, 18 miles from Sacramento International Airport (SMF).

If you’re here for work, take advantage of free high-speed WiFi and a comprehensive business center as well as our proximity to SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, Cal Expo, McClellan Park, Natomas Park, and companies like Northrop Grumman. If you’re here for fun, catch a Kings game at Golden 1 Center, try your luck at Thunder Valley Casino, or go shopping at Sunrise Mall. We’ll help you settle in with a 24/7 fitness center, outdoor pool, hot tub , and on-site restaurant and bar. When you’re ready to call it a night, retreat to one of our 230 non-smoking guest rooms and suites, featuring plush pillow-top bedding, a flat-screen HDTV with premium channels, and mini-refrigerator.

Whether you’re planning an intimate executive meeting, large conference, inspiring company retreat, or celebratory corporate event, you’ll find everything you need for a successful occasion at Wyndham Sacramento. We offer nine contemporary venues, or 15,000 square feet of flexible space, that can accommodate a conference of 425 attendees or a corporate gala of 540 guests. Whatever the size or type of event, it will be handled with consummate professionalism and attention to detail by our dedicated meeting planners. The latest technology seamlessly delivers speeches and presentations, thoughtful catering keeps guests energized, and optimal room setups ensure everyone is engaged. Additionally, our corporate friendly hotel offers free high-speed WiFi and a well-equipped 24/7 business center for optimal connectivity and productivity.

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 

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Society of Government Meeting Professionals

Golden State Chapter

P.O. Box 188204 Sacramento, CA 95814

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