Vanessa LaClair is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), with 15 years experience with non-profit associations, over 10 years of experience in event management and marketing, and six years working with volunteer leadership.  In addition to event planning, she manages her association’s website and social media presence, delivers in-house technical support, supervises accounts payable/receivable, and provides general HR support.

A nerd at heart, Vanessa is passionate about social media and event marketing. In 2010, she was asked to be a Social Media Guru as part of the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) World Education Congress (WEC), where Gurus were to “Act as a spokesperson for social media to the members attending WEC”.  In addition to her love of Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, Vanessa is a blogger and currently contributes to the SocialTables blog.

An active member of the Meeting Professionals International Northeastern New York Chapter (MPI NENY), Vanessa served on the MPI NENY board of directors for six years. She served as Vice President of Communications and Marketing for three years and most recently as President. She currently chairs the annual Ignite program for the chapter.

Vanessa resides in Slingerlands, NY with her husband and step-son, and in her free time enjoys wine tasting, kumihimo (say what?), traveling… and if she buys another pair of boots or heals, the spare bedroom may become the next local shoe store!

You can connect with Vanessa on several social media outlets including the “big three”:

Twitter – @vlaclair
LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/in/vlaclair
Facebook – www.facebook.com/vlaclair