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MARCH 2021
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>President's Corner
>Thank You to our Trusted Sponsors
>ARTICLE:  Can Planners Mandate COVID Vaccinations for  Attendees?
>ARTICLE:
How to Manage in a Diverse Union Labor Environment.
>ARTICLE:
Missed the Meeting
 
>ARTICLE: Meet the Committee: Finance & Administration
>Members Corner
PRESIDENT'S CORNER
Happy (almost) Spring MPI-NE!  I am excited after a long roller coaster of a year to see some warm days and blooming flowers peeping out in New England. April is upon us, and there are a lot of exciting annual events to look forward to in our community. 
Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) on Thursday, April 8th, is MPI’s celebration in association with Meetings Mean Business. This year, the event theme is “Meet Safe,” where MPI Global will produce 12 hours of Education throughout the day showcasing how in-person events, with proper safety guidelines in place, can take place now and in the future. For more information and to register, please click here.  Be on the lookout for an MPI-NE zoom backdrop that you can use during the event to represent the chapter!
With Spring also comes award season! Having not been able to give these awards in 2020, it is even more important to our Chapter this year to honor and thank our amazing members and volunteers. We hope to be able to give these in person at our Hybrid June Annual Meeting.
The awards include The Kathy Keegan-Cummings Professional Development Scholarship Award, Sam Dame Chapter Leader of the Year, Meeting Professional of the Year Planner/Supplier, and the Dayna Brunelli Tomorrow’s Leader Award.
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Ainsley Onstott, CMP, DMCP
President
For those of you who don’t know Dayna, she was an active member and volunteer in our chapter until she passed away unexpectedly in 2016. Dayna worked as the Sales & Marketing Manager at the Hard Rock Café, Dave & Busters, and was a close friend to many of us in the chapter.
We are happy to be able to remember Dayna each year through this award. For more information on the awards and nominations, please visit our website.
I look forward to “seeing” all of you at GMID on April 8th!
Ainsley
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
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ARTICLE
Can Planners Mandate COVID Vaccinations
for Attendees?
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Can Planners Mandate Covid Vaccinations for Attendees?
An expert on meetings-industry legal questions unpacks the potential issues around requiring a negative Covid test or vaccination.
As the Covid-19 vaccination program rolls out over the course of 2021, meeting planners might be considering vaccination requirements for their in-person attendees. Is that legal?
We asked attorney Joshua Grimes of Grimes Law Offices, LLC, a specialist in the meetings and convention industry, to weigh in on the issue. From a legal standpoint, according to Grimes, asking for proof of a Covid vaccination or for a negative Covid test to participate in an in-person event is allowed and justifiable. But, he says, it does raise questions and issues that planners need to consider.
Click here to read the full MEETINGSNET article.
ARTICLE
How to Manage in a Diverse Union Labor Environment
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Contributed by:
David Salcfas
Founder, iYou Hospitality Consulting
We have all had jobs that make us better leaders in our industry. Earning the respect from your team members doesn’t just happen, you need to work for it each and every day. This has never been more real than when you work in a diverse union labor market.
Hospitality Employee Basic Needs
· Be treated with respect
· Right tools to do their job
· Transparent communication
· Someone that understands their job
In our industry, managers will come and go as they pursue their next job opportunity to grow in their career. The actions you perform in your job today will leave a legacy of you tomorrow.  Read more here.
David Salcfas is founder of iYou Hospitality Consulting and consultant at Cayuga Hospitality Consultants. As a hospitality industry veteran, he has developed expertise around refining your interview skills and operating in a diverse labor union market. David earned his Bachelor’s degree in Food Service Management and Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University and takes an active role as an alumnus, including mentoring and participating in speakers panels for the college.
ARTICLE
Missed the Meeting
February 2021 Education Event
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The February 2021 Education Event, “The Hot Seat,” featured a thoughtful debate in a game- show format: suppliers and planners square off to answer ten burning industry questions as we move toward re-opening.
The strikingly visual format placed the moderator on the middle of a stage set, flanked by six panelists who interacted with her through vertically stationed LED panels.
Moving at a fast, but not too fast, pace, the moderator poses a question to one panelist from the supply side and asks for a rebuttal from a planner.
Some questions posed are:
  • “Who will pay for live-streaming as we transition into Hybrid events?”
  • “Will providing Covid Officers and Covid teams become a deciding factor in the RFP process?
  • “When will hotels move from a cancellation clause to a Force Majeure if a meeting cannot take place?” 
For the answers to these questions and seven more,  come view “The Hot Seat!” on the MPI New England Website.
JEDI CORNER
[Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion]
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Going forward, we will use this space for JEDI [Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion] related content, news, resources, and MPINE updates. If you are interested in contributing or joining the committee, please email president@mpine.org.
Up this month, we have a great resource for you. MPI Academy houses MPI | Communities: Meeting and event education for you, regardless of your specialty. Diversity & Inclusion is among the communities and you can find the page here.
This Community page includes education about inclusive event design and tools to help you create
an equitable experience for the diverse audiences you serve, as well as education of interest to different cultural, social, and advocacy communities, such as LGBTQA+, Black Meeting Professionals, etc. Check out upcoming events, as well as access content (and CE's!) from previous events with some sessions offered free to members and others at a discounted rate ($9.99) for all.
MEMBERS CORNER
Meet The Committee:
2021 Finance & Administration
It's been proven over many years that getting involved in your chapter will benefit you as much as it benefits your MPI community. You will expand your experience, network and personal community exponentially. As you consider contributing your time and energy to MPI New England, consider the Finance and Administration Committee!
Our team of fantastic, hard-working event profs oversee a few different aspects that keep this chapter running. First and foremost, we consider ourselves stewards of the chapter's financial well-being. We connect on monthly team meetings, as well as subcommittee-specific meetings when needed. These calls keep us up to date on the chapter, and how and what our teammates are doing.
Within team Finance, we have the In-Kind Sponsorship team. This team partners with our invaluable annual and venue sponsors, defining different ways they can support the chapter through in-kind contributions.
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Marjorie Lane
Vice President, Finance and Administration
Our Chapter Advancement team oversees the paid partnerships built with industry leaders and MPI supporters of all kinds.
Last but not least, our Annual Auction team repeatedly creates an incredible Winter Auction, gathering donations from around the community and ensuring a fun and fruitful auction season. Our annual auction is the largest income generator for the chapter! 
If you're interested in joining or want to learn more, don't hesitate to connect with me; finance@mpine.org.
We put the fun in Finance for MPI New England!
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Ellen Ouellette
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Ellen Ouellette
Manager, Events
Aspen Technology
 
What motivated you to join the board of the New England MPI chapter?
I have enjoyed being part of the Education Committee the past few years and co-chairing a couple of the monthly education events. Before deciding to put my name out there for a board position, I thought back to some of the conversations I have had with several former board members about the time they spent as part of the MPINE board. What stuck out the most to me was the consistent message of how being a board member helped them grow in their careers by exposing them to new skills and grow in their personal lives by giving them a whole new group of people to call friends! I thought “I’m ready for that, too!”
What are some of your personal interests outside of the industry?
I tend to be a homebody, but this past year has really pushed my limits! I definitely made a dent in my books-to-read list! When I do decide to venture out, exploring new places or chilling on a beach are my favorites. I am ready to take my next trip, as many of you probably are, too. I also really enjoy ‘hitting’ the boxing gym for a great cardio workout (pun intended 😊).
I discovered how cathartic it is to hit a heavy bag – a great way to relieve some stress!
 
In a nutshell, can you tell us about your “day job?”
I’m on the corporate event team for my company, Aspen Technology, and our team consists of just me and my boss. My focus is on the logistics side of the corporate events – setting up the event websites, monitoring registration, managing the virtual platform – which is a whole new skill I never thought I’d need to know! When we had in-person events, I also worked directly with our hotel partners to coordinate all the onsite needs.
How did you become interested in the events industry?
When I was in high school – many, many moons ago – I started working in our school restaurant. I quickly realized that cooking is not my forte, but I really enjoyed the behind-the-scenes organization needed to run things. I decided to pursue a career in hospitality and found myself going to college in Orlando, FL. During my college internship, I worked for Marriott and was exposed to the world of events. I’ve never looked back! And, I’m one of the few people that I know who is doing the job that matches what I went to college for!
How long have you been involved with MPI?
I lived in the D.C. area for 15 years, working for Marriott. I joined the MPI Potomac Chapter and did my best to be involved, but the life of a hotel event manager can be a bit hectic, so I missed more MPI events than I attended. When I moved back to New Hampshire 7 years ago, my new job allowed me to be more active in the chapter and I decided it was time to volunteer on a committee. I have been a volunteer on the Education Committee for a few years and co-chaired one of the monthly events the past couple of years. It’s been a great experience!
Happy MPINEversary!
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Albert Sears
Ed Simeone, CMP, CMM
Elizabeth Humphrey, CMP
David Fox
Anne Bergen, CMP, CEM
David Breen
Linda Rindos. CMP, CASE
Laurie Cunningham, CMP
Anne-Celeste Anders, CMP
Kristy Burns, CMP
Heidi Christmas, CMP, HMCC
Susan Burton, CMP
Andrea Chadis
Kiralee Dugan
Ashley Osorio, CMP
Marjorie Lane
Carissa Koral
Ainsley Copeland, CMP
Sandra Polanik
Elaine Dugdale
Amy Erikson
Karen Staples, CMP, CASE
Megan O'Leary
Donna Sue Miller, CMP
Thomas Fitzgerald, CMP
Rosemarie Atwood
Angela Garger
Irma Raygoza
Molly Velasco
Jintana Souvannavonggsa
Alia-Anor Akaeza
Amanda Guerard-Sequeira, CMP
Rachel Brown
Christina Durant
Lauren Pastore, CMP
Amanda Gourgue
CMP, MBA, MELP, LEED AP
 
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UPCOMING EVENTS
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Global Meetings Industry Day: Virtual
Date: April 8, 2021
In celebration of Global Meetings Industry Day on Thursday, April 8, 2021, MPI will be hosting GMID: Virtual, a live, 12-hour broadcast featuring education and activities worth 12 clock hours at absolutely no charge to you! Given the global challenges that our industry has been facing, this is an opportunity to connect virtually to gain valuable education and resources to help our industry move forward stronger than ever before. Last year, nearly 11,000 meeting and event professionals participated in MPI’s GMID: Virtual digital experience
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