Meet Joanne

About Joanne Dennison, MSEd, CMP

Joanne Dennison has owned her own business for more than 25 years which originally focused on the planning of meetings and events. Returning to her roots as an educator, she now spends more of her time in the front of the meeting room. Her speaking takes her into two different worlds.

Through one division of her company, The MeetGuide, she is best known for being an expert educator in the event and meeting planning field, having presented throughout the US in addition to Canada, Mexico, Dominican Republic, China and Thailand. Joanne has presented for 18 years at Meeting Professionals International (MPI) events including World Education Congresses, Professional Education Conferences and 10 different chapters. She has also presented for other meeting and event industry organizations including the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP), Religious Conference Management Association (RCMA), International Special Events Society (ISES), American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), International Association of Conference Centers-North America, and the Society of Association Executives in New Jersey, Michigan and Delaware Valley .In addition she has presented at events sponsored by Smart Meetings Magazine and EMC Venues.

Through her own company Joanne has provided intensive Meeting and Event classes that include preparation for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) exam since 2000. She is known for her intensive courses, which people find educational for the exam, applicable to their job, and so engaging and high energy she has been told the time passes quickly. People have chosen to take class more than once because they find it to be so worthwhile.

At her clients’ request, Joanne expanded to include personal and professional development topics. She has been affectionately tagged “The Guidance Counselor for Grown Ups” where she works with individuals and organizations to answer “What’s Next?”.

Joanne has a Master’s of Science in Education and earned her CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) in 1996. She has recertified three times by continuing to work, be involved in and take continuing education in the industry. She has attended many of the Convention Industry Council CMP Conclaves, held every year, to stay current on the changes in the CMP exam. She most recently attended the 2016 Conclave in September.

She is a proud Member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) since 1994 and served in many chapter leadership positions including President. She earned her membership in the National Speakers Association (NSA) in 2001 and remains a member.

Most fun fact? She once appeared as the event planner on a Food Network television show.