Janet Sperstad

Program Director, Meeting and Event Management , Madison College

Janet’s professional history reflects her lifelong vocation: driving excellence in meeting and event management execution and education. Dedicating 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. She has written for a variety of industry publications, white papers, academic journal and is an internationally recognized meeting professional and speaker.Day job: Founder and Director, Madison College Event Management Associate Degree, a U.S. Dept. of Labor Competency Model Champion.Recent honors include one of the top 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry by Successful Meetings, as well as a Changemaker by MeetingsNet, and in she received the 2015 MPI Chairman’s Award and IAEE Outstanding Achievement in Industry Leadership Award. In addition in 2014, she was the PCMA’s Professional Achievement Educator Honoree, named as an Event Industry Trendsetter as well as she was the MPI Planner of the Year for 2007-2008. She was recognized for her excellence in teaching through the Devi Bhargava award in 2010 and as Madison College’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year in 2005.