February 2020

Special Features In This Issue
  • President's Corner by Ainsley C. Onstott, CMP, DMCP, President Elect

  • Register Now for the February Educational Meeting

  • Top 10 Event Design Trends for 2020

  • Missed the January Meeting? Catch Up Here!

  • Sponsor Corner: Get Your Free Tech Report from Cvent

  • CMP Corner: Get your CMP Designation or Re-certification

  • Member Corner: Welcome to our New Members

  • Volunteer Member Spotlight: Susanna Flores

  • Upcoming Chapter Events
President's Corner
By Ainsley C. Onstott, CMP, DMCP, President Elect
MPI Friends! Can you believe it is already February? For MPI New England, that means Board slate is announced, MPI Global Survey is coming up, and we have some awesome upcoming programs to wrap up our year!

From February 19 th – March 11 th, the MPI Global Survey will be open for all of our members to take part in! This is very important for several reasons. First, we want your feedback! This survey is different from the one the chapter sends out in the fall. Second, our chapter actually benefits from the higher percentage of our membership that participates in the survey and from the marks that we get as a chapter. That means more resources for our chapter to provide YOU with more education and networking opportunities. Please look out for this email from MPI Global next week and a follow up from one of the members of our Board! Thank you in advance for your participation. 

Now, what is left for the year? LOTS! We have our next educational event on sustainability coming up on February 12 th at City Winery, and registration is now open. We also have our second Membership Meetup of the year on March 18 th at the Verve Boston Natick Hotel – a great opportunity for those looking to get more involved to learn about the volunteer opportunities in our chapter and to join a committee! 

For the 3 rd year, MPI will be partnering with PCMA for an event on Global Meetings Industry Day on April 14 th at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Don’t miss one of the biggest event of the year, and our keynote speaker – CEO of Johnny Cupcakes! Want to get out and have some more fun? Join us for the annual Red Sox game on May 19th! (I will try to order up some warmer weather for you all than we had last year). Last but certainly not least, our June Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner is the time when we honor our volunteers and award recipients, as well as our outgoing board members and inauguration of our 2020-2021 Board of Directors. I am excited to become your President at this event! 

I look forward to seeing you at one of these events over the next few months. 

Save the Date for our Next Meeting
February Educational Meeting   
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 * 5:30pm – 8:30pm 
City Winery

Sustainability in Events

Sustainability is increasingly important to individuals and companies alike. Hosting an event that reflects your values is essential to transparency and can give an organization a competitive advantage. Natalie Hayes has nearly 10 years’ experience in sustainability and running events. She will outline key strategies for making your next event more sustainable. She will discuss how to manage your event for less waste, sustainability in catering and choosing the right venue for success. Being able to identify the opportunities is the first step to planning more sustainable events.

  • How to plan and manage your event for less waste.
  • How to plan and manage your event for sustainability in catering.
  • How to choose the right venue to support your sustainability goals.
 ** This program has been submitted for one [1] CE credits.

City Winery
80 Beverly St
Boston, MA 02114

5:30pm - 6:00pm: Registration
6:00pm - 7:00pm: Welcome Remarks & Education Session
7:00pm - 8:30pm: Reception
Thank You to our Event Sponsor:
City Winery

Thank You to our trusted Annual Sponsors:
David Fox Photography
Party Rental Ltd
Your Love In Lights
Las Vegas
Future Affairs Productions
AOT Global
Top Ten Event Design Trends for 2020
by Gayle Gilberto, Event Designer & CIS
Whether you’re looking for an immersive theme for your next event or just some ideas for accent decor, we’ve got you covered with the latest styles to make your event unforgettable.
Photo courtesy of Art of the Event
1. Bring in the 2020’s with 1920’s Glam
Harkening back to the 20’s of last century, create an experience that goes from rustic speakeasy with whiskey barrels and leather decor, to Great Gatsby Glam with crystal chandeliers, golden tables, and feather centerpieces. Notorious for flappers, jazz, and bootleggers, the Roaring 1920’s bring a rebellious spirit and glamorous style that still resonates with us today. 
2. The Golden Rules 
A decadent, rich color, gold is the perfect color to make your next event shine. For a classic look, choose gold and glass furniture, or put flowers in gold vases on your cocktail tables. Or make a stunning stage set or photo op with a gold-accented backdrop.
3. Mark Your Calendars 
As we embark on this new decade, we look forward as we also reflect. Celebrate your organization’s history or personal accomplishments with interactive timeline walls. Today’s displays merge visual and interactive elements to engage guests physically and mentally in your story using 3-dimensional signage, timelines and infographics, photos, videos, and props.
Photo courtesy of Art of the Event
Missed the January Meeting?
Eight industry professionals shared their top ten tips and tricks at our February meeting. In this fast paced, informative educational session, the topics included: Wayfinding, Audio/Visual, Entertainment, Photography, Risk Management, Catering, Working within Unique Venues and Destination Management.

The AC Hotel Boston Cambridge catered our reception with a generous Farmhouse vegetable Display, a salmon carving station, a beef carving station, a variety of Chef’s choice salad offerings and yummy desserts! After the presentations, guests enjoyed live musical entertainment and complementary drinks in the AC lounge.

Thank you to our Presenters: 

Janice Bowers, FREEMAN

Jose Correia, ATR Treehouse
Audio Visual



Dr. Linda Robson, Endicott College
Risk Management


Aida Villarreal-Licona, More than Words
Unique Venues

Dalia SomersAccess DMC
Working with DMC’s
Sponsor Corner: Cvent
Today's event tech ecosystem houses more tools and vendors than ever, but also offers more ways to deliver value and prove event ROI. While 61% of planners will use more event tech next year, only 20% consider themselves tech-savvy. A new role has emerged to bridge this gap: the event technologist.

Download our latest research for insight into the following:

  • The trends defining the rise of the event technologist, from increased adoption to smoother vendor management and increased negotiating leverage
  • The best way to hire an event technologist, including what to look for and whether you should hire in-house or outsource
  • The path to becoming an event technologist, whether you're a planner looking for tech-oriented role or a tech enthusiast who is managing your organization's tech stack already
CMP Corner
Thinking of getting your Certified Meeting Professional designation this year?

Registration is now open for a 2-Day Intensive Class taking facilitated by Joanne Dennison and taking place February 22-23, 2020 at the Babson Executive Conference Center. MPINE members receive a discounted registration fee. 
Important Tips and Information for Getting CMP Re-certified
by Joanne Dennison, MSEd, CMP

  • Your CMP must be re-certified every 5 years. If you passed the exam in 2015, 2010, 2005, 2000, 1995…this is your year!

  • Look up what year you took the test if you do not know. Add five years to the year you passed, or re-certified. Go to January of that year in your phone calendar and post “RE-CERTIFY CMP THIS YEAR”.

  • The year you are due to re-certify, you must earn your 25 continuing education hours, by December 31. No exceptions. You had five years to do it.

  • You cannot continue to use your CMP if you do not re-certify. The EIC can (and does) take legal action if you do. And besides, you signed an ethics clause.

  • Keep your EIC account updated. They will notify you the year you are due — but they need to have the right contact information.
Member Corner
Welcome to our new Members who joined in January!

Cherie R. Allen, Senior Sales Manager, Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston

Stephanie Anklin, Marketing Events Coordinator, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Jenna Bencivenga

Jennifer Burke, ConferenceDirect

Jason Dornhoffer

Frances Lacivita

Donna Lubrano, Professor, Northeastern University 

Maria Scerri, Executive Education Program Manager

Melissa Tempone, Event Manager, ION

Lisa Tiernan, Director of Sales, Wyndham Boston

Christen M. Turner, CMP, Meeting Planner
Volunteer Member Spotlight: Susanna Flores
MPI: When did you start working in the events industry?
I started my career in events as a Catering Assistant with Great Performances Catering in NYC. My first assignment was coordinating weddings on site at what was then the St. Moritz hotel (which is now the Ritz Central Park).
MPI: What is your current position and how has you MPI membership helped you in your career path? 
I have worked with San Francisco Travel (the SF CVB) for almost 7 years. I help clients based in the Northeast US find hotels and venues for the meetings in the Bay Area. 
I have been a member of MPI since approximately 2005. I spent most of my time with MPIGNY and joined MPI NE about a year ago. Currently I am a member of the Marketing Committee and work on MPI New England’s Linked In account. 
MPI has helped me with my career as it has given me a chance to gain tangible skills outside of my regular job. For example, I have learned valuable skills related to Event Marketing and Social Media from being on the Marketing Committee that have directly translated to my work. 
MPI: What are some things you like to do outside of work or volunteering with MPI? 
I am relatively new to the New England area as we moved to Rhode Island from NYC in July of 2018. Because of this, I like to find active things to do with my family that help us explore our new home. Over the Summer, we loved exploring RI and MA beaches, but now we are finding trail rides and exploring restaurants. I welcome suggestions for day trips to get to know New England better!

MPI: Tell us something about yourself we (probably) don’t know.
I was a military brat so grew up all over the world. I was born in the Philippines and lived in six places including California, Netherlands, Germany and Hawaii all before the age of 12. 

MPI: Why did you start volunteering for MPI? 
Many years ago when I was with Le Parker Meridien New York, my Meridien Global Sales Manager, Jim Vandevender coerced me into joining him on the Education Committee! 😊 However, I quickly learned that volunteering with MPI gives you the unique opportunity to interact with industry peers outside of our expected roles as ‘suppliers’ or ‘planners’. While volunteering with MPI, I could work closely with a wide range of industry peers from senior sales directors, clients and even competitors. This allowed me to expand my network in a meaningful way across our industry. 
Upcoming Chapter Events
Add these events to your calendar and stay tuned for updates on all of our Upcoming Events.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Event: Education Meeting
Location: City Winery

Saturday, February 22 - Sunday, February 23, 2020
Event: CMP/Meetings & Intensive 2-Day Study Group
Location: Babson Executive Conference Center

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Event: Spring Membership Meet-Up
Location: The Verve Boston
Register Here

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Event: Global Meetings Industry Day #GMID20
Location: BCEC
Registration for Table Top Partner Showcase and General Attendance is now open