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The last 16 months have been a challenge, I am the first to admit that. Both personally and professionally I have been pushed to my limits, and I’m really excited that a return to somewhat normalcy is heading to Boston in the coming weeks!  

This morning I commuted into my office at the Harvard Club, and it felt like a pre-pandemic day filled with traffic, some slight road rage and of course an iced coffee.

I have an in-person event this evening and have had to completely pivot (I know, I know) once again as everything is opening up much sooner than I had anticipated or planned for. 

Kristy Burns, CMP
Immediate Past President
This is all beyond exciting news, and I know that this community has been waiting anxiously for it. As we all begin to plan our events for the Fall and beyond, remember to always #buympi when you can! Our supplier partners have had especially challenging years and now is our time to shine and show them the love and support they deserve.
Submitted by Gayle Gilberto, President, Art of the Event, Inc.
Yes, you can throw a safe Summer (and Fall) outing for your employees and their families! It just takes some smart planning, good supplier choices and extra care. 

Your most important ally is buy-in, so begin by making sure you get it from all your stakeholders — your internal clients, your external partners and your attendees.  Survey those stakeholders to get a bead on how they are feeling about getting together in person. Ask them if they feel safe now. If not now, when do they think they might feel safe, and what specific steps could you as a planner do to help? Be sure to ask them what type of outing they would prefer in this late-pandemic era.  

Once you’ve established buy-in, you should carefully consider and create your Duty of Care philosophy. This philosophy should be put into writing, as this is the template by which you will keep all your stakeholders safe. A Duty of Care statement will communicate your company’s obligation to protect employees, travelers, and other participants from risks.


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Did y’all hear about the ALL-INCLUSIVE BOSTON campaign? Well, let me tell you all about it! It is an ad campaign launched alongside two minority-owned marketing firms and Greater Boston Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. Last month, they launched this incredible shout-out to all the wonderful attractions, restaurants, tours, museums, and events that we have in our very own backyard, portraying all our various communities under one roof. For me, it was very useful because I have been wanting to explore other cultures, other than my own Latin one. I know where all the Puerto Rican restaurants are and, of course, all the Legal Sea Foods, lol!  
Yolanda Gonzalez, DMCP, HMCC
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But I found dazzling mural art, bluesy jazz clubs, and festivals that are not the usual suspects.
Now, I can easily find events around the things I want to learn more about in one place. Their website is very user-friendly, and in a few short clicks, I could plan my summer.

Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) took place on April 8, 2021. This virtual event showcased how in-person events, with proper safety guidelines in place, can take place now and into the future. The 12 hours of programming offered something for everyone — from an overview of the post-COVID jobs landscape to best practices for managing contracts, to a state-of-the-industry panel. 

If you were unable to attend, or to see a snapshot infographic of event stats, visit the GMID Recap web page.
The best way to get the most out of your membership — and also build your resume — is to join a committee. MPINE is looking for volunteers on several committees including marketing, finance, and others.

We are especially seeking someone with a background in social media and graphic design! Learn more about committees by visiting our website, or email membership@mpine.org.
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Jodi Boland, MBA
Pyramid Hotel Group
How and when did you get your start in the events industry?
When I was 16, I was invited to travel to Spain as a nanny for a month. The father of the family was a travel executive, and we were treated like royalty. After staying in penthouse suites, eating in wonderful restaurants, experiencing a totally different culture, and seeing amazing sights, I decided the travel business would be my chosen profession.

During four years at Niagara University in Niagara Falls, New York, I studied Travel/Tourism/Meeting Planning. It was mandatory that we volunteer, so I sought out all aspects of hospitality: convention bureaus, tourism offices, travel agency associations, and MPI. (At the time it was Meeting Planners International.)  

As student volunteers, we were invited to attend and assist with the local and national meetings. I got my feet wet by being the first student to plan a local meeting. Since then, I have experienced many different roles and worked in many facets of hospitality, including travel agency, group travel, and meeting planning, restaurant, and all levels of hotels from four-star, all-suite, and limited-service to my current position in a full-service downtown hotel.  
Joanne Dennison, CMP, MSEd
27 years
Sandy Mulrey
7 years
Lisa Cheney Peterson
1 year
Tara Chaffee, CMP, CMM
20 years

Cindy Moriarty, CMP, CEM 
7 years
Joe Dymek
1 year

Bettina McCrady
17 years

Jan Tavitian
6 years
Marisa Nebosky, CMP
1 year
Christine Cunningham, CMP
17 years

Nan Lindstrom, HMCC
6 years
Kate Lynde
1 year
Veronika Vaclavek
16 years

Hollie Herrick
3 years
Shelby Simon
1 year

Andrew Halsey
16 years

Yolanda Gonzalez, DMCP, HMCC 
2 years
Kathleen Pendleton
1 year
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8 years

Jessica Parlon, CMP, HMCC
2 years
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1 year
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