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 design 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. Ms. Sperstad has been employed by a Fortune 500 global company, a statewide association, and owned a professional event management firm.
She currently leads Madison College’s Meeting and Event Management Associate degree program, which she founded in 2002 and recently been selected as Competency Model Champion from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Janet’s volunteer service includes high-profile leadership roles that are shaping how our industry defines itself, and how competencies impact education and standards development at every level. Current and most recent volunteer commitments include:
- Board Member, International Association of Exhibitions and Events
- Co-Chair, Events Industry Council, Career Landscape Task Force
- Member, US Department of Labor, Hospitality, Tourism and Event Industry Competency Model Task Force
Ms. Sperstad has been honored by being inducted into the Events Industry Council Hall of Leaders in 2017. She 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 Convention Industry Council. In addition in 2014 she was the Professional Convention Management Association Professional Achievement Educator Honoree, named as an Event Industry Trendsetter as well as she was the Meeting Professionals International Planner of the Year for 2007- 2008. She was recognized by her excellence in teaching through the Devi Bhargava award in 2010 and as Madison College’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year in 2005.
Ms. Sperstad has written for and been featured in a variety of industry publications, white papers, academic journal and is an internationally recognized meeting professional, teacher, and speaker.