President's Blog

Corporate Meetings Program and Design

Recently, I was asked to look at a meetings program for Netsmart. I know a bit about meetings programs but not a lot. The GBTA Academy offered a 5 module series on Corporate Meetings Program and Design.  

The courses are to discover the basic and advanced principles required to start a corporate meetings program or advance your existing program.  The modules cover Stakeholder Identification, Building a Business Case, Architect Your Meeting Program, Procurement and Travel Synergies, and Technology and Data Visualization.  

Cindy Heston is the Lead Instructor and brings her experience and knowledge to the sessions. 

I can definitely say that I am learning a lot and looking forward to completing the courses to have a solid foundation as I look at my next big project for Netsmart.  I encourage our chapter members to look into these courses when they are offered. It wasn't that much and I've learned so  much. It was definitly well worth it! 


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GBTA KC attends the 2017 CPC Leadership Summit in Orlando

I was very fortunate to attend (with Jennifer Commuso, Chris Galle and Megan Howard) the Chapters President’s Council (CPC) Leadership Summit in Orlando. CPC provides the Leadership Summit as a venue for board members of chapters across the country to gather and share best practices and new ideas.

We attended workshops to strengthen our knowledge on sponsorships, scholarships, volunteerism, membership, driving attendance, engagement and succession planning.  As a result of the knowledge sharing among our peers, we are bringing home new ideas to help grow and strengthen our chapter and increasing your membership ROI.  

Our time spend in Orlando was productive and we have begun discussing new processes to implement, made new connections with other chapter members, networked across the industry and returned to Kansas City with an excitement for our members. 

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President Blog - March 2017

We had an amazing chapter event on March 8. The event was held at the historical Courtyard Country Club Plaza. We had a great presenter from Cornerstone Government Affairs from DC, Todd Webster. Great topic about the impact of the Trump Admin to business travel, Real ID, infrastructure (directly impacts travel on roads, airports, etc.) And numerous other very interesting topics.


We are having a Charity Bingo social event at Hamburger Mary’s on April 19 from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM. This is strictly for fun and isn’t your grandmother’s bingo!

Our next chapter event will be on May 10. We will have an update on the Kansas City Airport and our guest speaker is Ryan Pierce. He will be speaking on how to transform your travel program using social media and mobile to create a unique experience for your travelers.

I hope to see you at an upcoming event. Thank you for all our members, new members, guests, BOD and sponsors. LET'S KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING!


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