2016 Changemaker: Janet Sperstad, CMP

Janet Sperstad, CMPProgram Director, Meeting and Event Management DegreeMadison (Wis.) Area Technical College Making ChangeMy focus has been building competencies, a body of knowledge, and career pathways that define meeting planning as a design discipline that requires skills in social sciences, executive leadership, and cognitive sciences.One way I did this was by creating the first degree in event management in the United States in 2002. The Associate Degree in Meeting and Event Management at Madison Area Technical College now is being used in colleges and universities nationwide.  Another piece was helping to develop a model of the skills, knowledge, and abilities needed for meeting professionals that in 2015 was recognized as a profession by the U.S. Department of Labor. The government is now saying these are the core standards for…

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