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Sperstad, Janet

Oct 05, 2017


Janet Sperstad, CMP

Janet Sperstad’s professional history reflects her lifelong vocation: driving excellence in meeting and event management execution and education. She has dedicated her career to defining the competencies and career pathways that articulate meeting planning as a discipline requiring skills in the social sciences, executive leadership, and the cognitive sciences. Her contributions are global in scope and rooted in over 25 years as a meeting professional and executive leader in the corporate and non-profit sectors.

Janet created the United States’ first Associate Degree in Meeting and Event Management at Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin, where she currently serves as Program Director. She was instrumental in the development of a graduate program in meeting management through the Copenhagen Business School, where she continues to teach today.

Janet’s’ single most important contribution to the industry has been her work with the U.S. Department of Labor where she was a member of the US Department of Labor, Hospitality, Tourism and Event Industry Competency Model Task Force. This work lead the DOL to establish the events industry as its own sector and established an occupational standards identifying key competencies for those working the profession.

Janet’s volunteer service includes high-profile leadership roles that are shaping how the industry defines itself, and how competencies impact education and standards development at every level. Janet has served as Chair of the CMP Governance Commission, Member of IAEE Faculty and Education Committees, and served as a member of the PCMA Convening Leaders Content Committee. 

Ms. Sperstad has been named one of the most 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry as well as Changemaker in 2016. She is also the recipient of the 2015 Meeting Professionals International Chairman’s Award, 2015 Outstanding Achievement in Industry Leadership Award from International Association Exhibitions and Events, as well named as being named one of the top 30 CMP Influencers by the Events Industry Council.