The MeetingConnection®'s main office is located in Novato, California, north of San Francisco. Our registry includes meeting professionals nationwide located in most metropolitan cities. The registry is comprised of meeting and event planners, trade show managers, and incentive travel specialists. We also have a growing number of candidates with experience as managers and directors of meeting and conference departments.
Sheryl Sookman Schelter, CMP, started The MeetingConnection® in 1996, after co-managing a similar placement service for three years. Sheryl has been involved in the meeting industry for over 25 years, including 19 years as president of SOOKMAN and ASSOCIATES, a meeting management company based in Northern California. Her experience includes working on programs and events such as sales meetings, distributor and user conferences, annual meetings, trade show coordination, exhibit management, and incentive travel programs.
Sheryl is an active member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI). She served on the Board of Directors of the Northern California chapter for two years, including one term as the Vice President of Education. She was the Editor of MPINCC's award-winning newsletter for seven years. Sheryl is also a member of Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and will be the Secretary of the Northern California chapter beginning in January 2010.
Sheryl writes a Career Forum column for Meetings Media Magazines (Meetings West, Meetings Mid-America, Meetings East, and Meetings South). She is a sought-after speaker on career and employment related topics. She offers workshops, webinars, and is an engaging keynote speaker. Sheryl has presented to organizations such as HSMAI's Affordable Meetings, MPI chapters nationwide and at the PEC and MeetDifferent conferences, PCMA, and Financial and Insurance Conference Planners.
In February 2009, Sheryl published a book called Who's In Charge of Your Career? Creating A Strategy For Success which outlines her approach to career planning and provides job seekers with valuable information about creating resumes that will capture a prospective employer's attention.