February 2017
  • Missed the meeting?  We've got you covered!
  • What's coming up in February , March and April?
  • Get to know  Joanne Durham, our February Member Profile!
  • Take a virtual trip to Alberta, Canada!
  • CMP Tip of the Month!
  • We want to hear from you with story ideas and member photos - pleaselet us know if you would be interested in contributing!

Missed The Meeting? 
Don't Let The Ball Drop- A Countdown To Event Success in 2017
MPINE started off the New Year in educational style with a breakfast event designed to inspire attendees with new ideas and plenty of great tips.  The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center was our host as we invited experts from across the industry to share their thoughts on how to make your next event spectacular and even save time and money in the process.  Before the presentation, attendees were assigned to different tables to mix up planners, suppliers and industries and allow time to meet new people, make connections and talk with the experts about how to incorporate some of these ideas into their own events.
In true New Year’s fashion, each presenter gave a countdown of ten of their best tips and tricks for hosting the perfect event and gave some great advice on the best ways to incorporate them seamlessly into every function.  Panelists came from every area of the industry:
  • Karly Danais, Catering Sales Manager for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, spoke about banquet event orders
  • Sean Reno, Director of Event Technology for PSAV, spoke about audio visual
  • Alex Bombard, Lighting Designer for ALPS, spoke about lighting
  • Edison Chae, Owner of Madison Floral, spoke about floral design
  • Vanessa Holroyd, Owner of Music Management, spoke about entertainment
  • Julia Vose, Director of Special Events for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, spoke about unique venues
  • Tarryn Prosper, Director of Tent Sales and Events for the Peterson Party Center, spoke about tenting
  • Mike Rothenberg, Executive Producer for Peak Productions, spoke about video production
  • Drew Sullivan, Marketing & Speaker Relations Coordinator for APB Speakers International, spoke about speaker management
  • Lisa Santoro, Account Executive for CORT Event Furnishings, spoke about furnishings
  • Ken Volk, Sr. Director of Corporate Marketing Communications for Kronos, spoke about Creative
Combined with a wonderful breakfast and fantastic venue, it was an amazing morning!  Thank you to our generous sponsors Alberta Canada, Four Seasons Greenery, the Peterson Party Center and our host, The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center.


Speak Up in February!

Are your presentations consistently engaging and compelling? 

Whether you are presenting to a single decision maker or a committee of stakeholders, are you always well prepared, clear and persuasive? Are your responses to tough questions direct and confident? No? Well, neither are ours and that's why we think you'll derive so much benefit from our February educational event.

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Engage in March!

Why Engagement, Relationships & Communities Matter for Your Event

Join us on Wednesday, March 22 at The Westin Waltham Boston for a dynamic and interactive learning experience about practical ways to build engagement and facilitate relationships before, during and after your event. Planners, people will come to your event because of the content. But how much more valuable would it be if they are fully engaged and feel involved in your community?

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Fun and Fit Chairman's Challenge Event April 27, 2017

Please join us once again in an MPI community-wide effort by participating in the MPI Foundation 2016-2017 Chairman’s Challenge!

This year our chapter will be at YMCA of Greater Boston, where attendees can sign up for a spin class and experience the YMCA’s facilities with their industry colleagues, participate in a fun cornhole tournament or karaoke, all in support of the MPI Foundation.
The MPI Foundation fuels the growth and advancement of MPI members by providing them professional development and career opportunities through grants and scholarships. The mission of the Foundation is to fund education and pan-industry research that drives the success of meeting professionals.

MPI New England is also raising funds/supporting the YMCA over the next 3 months leading up to our Fun and Fit Chairman’s Challenge on April 27th.  You are able to make donations on the February & March monthly meeting registration sites, as well as on-site in April. Your donations support the following programs: Families in Transition and The YMCA's Achievers Program. 
The Families in Transition Program offers 32 units at the YMCA to give homeless families a second chance to get back on their feet and provide services to transition them into permanent housing. Most homeless families are dealing with mental health issues, poverty, domestic violence, substance abuse and lack of education or job skills.  The FIT program aims to address these underlying issues so that families do not repeat the cycle of homelessness but are on track to achieve permanent housing and build a stable future for themselves and their families. 
Statistics show us that the racial gap in who's graduating from college is widening. Research also tells us that young people growing up in the low income communities the YMCA serves tend to be exposed to multiple risk factors that are barriers to their upward mobility. The YMCA Achievers program has been successfully helping teens pursue their college dreams  for many years through SAT preparation classes and other services. 
Any donation to these programs would be extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. Can't donate a monetary amount? We'll be setting up a wish list of items these programs need for people to bring with them to the April Chairman Event. Thank you! 

Thank you to Our February Newsletter Sponsor,
Travel To Alberta Without Leaving Your Desk!

Winter Adventures In Alberta Are A Cut Above

By Kyla Knudson, CASE, CiS

As a winter destination, Alberta is hard to beat. An abundance of feather-light snow falls almost daily in our mountain parks, making for some of the best skiing on the planet – from early November through April. And the alpine towns within these parks have all the amenities your guests could wish for. Accommodation ranges from a fairy-tale castle on a mountainside to authentic alpine lodges and chateaus with all the creature comforts – second only to the wide variety of unique outdoor activities that make leaving that cozy cabin so worthwhile.

If you’re looking for something beyond the ordinary, look no further. Here are some novel adventures that will have your guests coming back for more.

February Member Profile

Get to know longtime MPINE member, Joanne Durham, CMP, Senior Meetings Manager of Conferences and Events for the National Fire Protection Association!

MPINE: How did you get your start in the industry?

JDLike many of my seasoned colleagues, the meetings industry was not a known career path.  After I earned my degree from Simmons College in communications and business I went into marketing.  I worked for Young & Rubicam Advertising and North American Philips Corporation in New York City.  When I moved to Boston I did employee benefits marketing for Mercer and Towers Perrin but I realized it never felt like the right fit for me.  My participation in the Quincy Toastmaster Club also helped clarify that.  After I gave birth to our son I decided to work in the non-profit sector so I could have greater work-life balance with my family and that opened new opportunities for me.  

I took a position as an account manager with The Engineering Center – a consortium of engineering societies on Beacon Hill in Boston that managed all their meetings and special events.  The account I was assigned to provided a variety of responsibilities including meeting planning including a small annual conference for 1,000 attendees, Board meetings, and managing the database of their members. Fortunately, the Executive Director was reviewing my work closely at the time and recognized I had a skill set that was a great match for meeting planning.  She told me about MPI and the hospitality field and encouraged me to check it out.  That changed my life.  I decided to get more serious about making this change.  

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CMP Tip For February- Set Up A CIC Account

By Joanne Dennison, CMP

Are you thinking of earning your CMP sometime in the next 5 years? Even vaguely thinking of it? Here is a step that will save you an amazing amount of time—a true strategic move!

Go to the Convention Industry Council Website www.ConventionIndustry.org and set up your CMP account. In the upper right hand corner, it will say “Log In”. Go to that page and if you do not have an account the instructions are there to create one.

If you think you have made an account anytime in the past, log into that one and update if necessary. If you are creating a new one make sure you know which email you used---that is how your Continuing Education clock hours “find you”. This will take you less than 5 minutes and save you potentially hours when you apply.

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