July 2019

Special Features In This Issue
  • President's Corner by Kristy H. Burns, President

  • July Annual Summer Outing: Register Now!

  • 2019 MPI New England Awards Winners

  • Missed the June Meeting? Catch up here!

  • Introducing the 2019-2020 Board of Directors

  • The Robson Risk Management Model: How to Avoid, Transfer, Retain & Reduce incidents during the planning and execution of your event

  • Member Corner: Welcome to our New Members

  • Upcoming Chapter Events
President's Corner
By Kristy H. Burns, CMP

Our chapter’s new Board of Directors took office on July 1st and have already started the hard work of the year ahead. The goal of MPI New England is to provide our members with the top-quality education and networking that you have become accustomed to. 

I became involved in our chapter on a volunteer level almost immediately upon joining, and it’s the best decision I have ever made. I co-chaired an Educational event at VDA’s warehouse in Somerville that was all about food allergies and events. This event allowed me to coordinate speakers, show flow and overall event design with the team from VDA, this volunteer opportunity directly prepared me for my current role at the Harvard Club of Boston and led to my joining the Board which has provided me with so much leadership experience that has proven invaluable to me as I continue on in my professional career. 

So I ask you to get involved too. Maybe you want to learn a skill that just isn’t feasible in your current role, maybe you want a skill that will prepare you for your next career move. Volunteering is a great way to gain skills that are outside your current comfort zone. Let MPI New England do for you what it has done for me. 

My main goal in my Presidential Year is to listen to our members; both positive and critical feedback is invaluable for us to move our chapter forward. We do this formally via the Global MPI Survey, but I want to offer an ear to hear your feedback anytime in the coming year. Have a suggestion? Have a criticism? Just want to say hello? Send me an email ( [email protected] ) and let’s connect. 


Register Now for the Summer Outing!
Annual Summer Outing   
Thursday, July 18, 2019 * 5:30pm – 9:00pm 
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum  

The MPI New England Annual Summer Outing, legendary for networking and fun, takes you back to 1773 on board the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. Come experience what it would have been like to be part of the single most important event leading up to the American Revolution while being immersed in musical notes performed by Jason Cardinal and the beautiful sites of the Boston Harbor. 
5:30 – 6:30 – Registration at the Meeting House
6:30 – 9:00 - Networking at Abigail's Tearoom & Terrace

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum  
306 Congress Street 
Boston, MA 02210
We would like to extend a giant thank you to all of our generous event partners:

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Jason Cardinal, Musician

And our trusted Annual Sponsors:

David Fox Photography
Party Rental Ltd
Your Love In Lights
Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa
VDA Productions
Announcing our Annual Awards Winners

2019 MPI New England World Education Congress Scholarship Award
Nancy Goldstein
Director of Creative Design
Amazing Celebrations & Events
This scholarship announced and awarded each year at our Fall Educational Institute covers the registration, flight and hotel stay for one deserving member to attend the MPI Global World Education Congress. Congratulations Nancy and thank you for all you have done and are doing for MPI New England Special Projects.

2019 Kathy Keegan-Cummings Professional Development Scholarship Award
Michele Yebba
Event Professional
The Kathy Keegan Cummings Professional Development Award recognizes a deserving member who has the desire to participate in chapter functions, and whose participation will benefit both their own professional goals as well as the MPI New England Chapter. Michele co-chairs educational events year after year, putting together amazing content for the chapter, takes a lead in planning and offers great mentoring to newer committee members or first time co-chairs. 

2019 Dayna Brunelli Tomorrow’s Leader Award
Megan Berninger
Senior Event Services Manager
Fenway Park Events
The Dayna Brunelli Tomorrow’s Leader Award is presented to a member who is making a mark on the chapter after just a short time as a member. The award recognizes a new and growing career in the events industry with a demonstration of involvement, commitment and achievement on the chapter level. Congratulations Megan! 

2019 Sam Dame Chapter Leader of the Year Award
Deborah Stark
Field Marketing Manager, Americas
Charles River Development
The Sam Dame Chapter Leader of the Year award recognizes the commitment of chapter member in influencing the life of our chapter. Deb continually comes up with innovative ideas, challenges existing ideals, manages a busy travel schedule but allows nothing to keep her from getting the job done and advances the chapter in the process. 

2019 Meeting Supplier of the Year Award
Terry Mulryan-Toomey, CHME
Future Affairs Productions
The Meeting Supplier of the Year Award recognizes outstanding industry contributions, leadership and professionalism on the part of a supplier partners within the chapter. Terry is an ever-giving presence as a sponsor of multiple events each year. She goes beyond each time and puts her all into everything she collaborates with others on. 

2019 Meeting Planner of the Year Award
Becky McDougal, CMP
Assistant Director of Events
Bentley University, Center for Women and Business
The Meeting Planner of the Year Award recognizes outstanding industry contributions, leadership and professionalism on the part of a planner member within the chapter. Becky had taken a step back from the industry for a short while and jumped back in head first with a volunteer role, speaking roles and lending expertise in the field of Diversity and Inclusion a topic both important and front of mind to the chapter. 

Missed the June Meeting?
Our June meeting was packed with honors, featuring both our annual awards ceremony and the induction of MPI’s new 2019-2010 Board of Directors. Chef Dean Moore prepared a delectable gourmet dinner for all attendees in one of Boston’s most historic and beautiful venues: The Harvard Club.  

Thank you to our event sponsors:

The Harvard Club
Your Love In Lights
Party Rental, Ltd
Entertainment Specialists
Design Light
Introducing our 2019-2020 Board of Directors
President | Kristy Burns, CMP | The Harvard Club
President Elect | Ainsley Onstott, CMP, DMCP | CSI - Boston
Immediate Past President | Bryan Lavin, CHE | Johnson & Wales University

Vice President Membership | Marjorie Lane | Maritz Travel
Vice President Education | Lisa Santoro | Smart Source Rentals
Vice President, Marketing & Communications | Nancy Lorusso, CMP | Babson Executive Conference Center
Vice President Finance & Administration | Kate Page, CMP | Boston Red Sox
Vice President, Institute | Ella Gonzalez | Gurney's Resorts
Vice President, Special Projects | Michelle Yebba

Chapter Administrator (paid/ volunteer) | Julee C. Cooke | Paragon
Events Director, Membership | Katie Butler | The Liberty Hotel
Director, Special Projects | Kelly Cronan | Big Night Entertainment Group
Productions Director, Institute | Hollie Herrick | Party Rental Limited 
Director, Education | Nichole Baldwin | Kronos 
Director, In-Kind Strategic Partnerships | Taylor Grinnell | Boston Red Sox 
Director, Publications | Gayle Gilberto, CIS | Art of the Event 
Director, Social Media | Kate Sklarski, CMP | Caesars Entertainment 
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The Robson Risk Management Model
How to Avoid, Transfer, Retain & Reduce incidents during the planning and execution of your event with Dr. Linda M. Robson
MPI: What inspired the creation of your ‘Risk Management Model?’

Robson : The Robson Risk Management Model was developed out of frustration. After the September 11 th attacks, there was a stress on event professionals creating risk management plans, but there was a severe lack of information. The only information that I could find was related to emergency/crisis/disaster plans. These focused on incidents like a terrorist attack or natural disaster, also known as low probability/high consequence incidents. This information, while better than nothing, did not make sense to me. 

As event professionals we are completely unqualified to deal with these situations, in addition to the fact that government and policing agencies would be in charge. So I started to think about how to approach risk management that would be proactive, useful and realistic for event professionals. The initial draft of the RRMM was done as part of my PhD dissertation in 2008. The RRMM was visually revised in 2009, with the accompanying documentation revised and adapted to reflect current industry trends regularly.

MPI: What are the four strategies you list in your Risk Management Model, and what do they entail? 

Robson : The 4 strategies are: Avoid; Transfer; Retain; and, Reduce. A short version of each is:

Avoid:  These are event elements that are not crucial to the execution of the event. They can be substituted, removed, or altered to remove the event element. The event professional needs to make sure to examine any related risks by making changes to event elements.

Transfer : These are event elements that the event professional is not qualified to assume; so they are given to another party. For example F&B would be transferred to a caterer. This is done through a contract, which outlines the responsibilities of each party. The event professional is required to research the supplier partner to ensure they are qualified to assume the risk.

Retain:  These are risks that are difficult/impossible to predict in terms of probability (weather). There is nothing that can be done proactively, instead the event professional is prepared to deal with it if it manifests.

Reduce : These are event elements that are crucial to the execution of the event, so cannot be removed, substituted, or altered. Instead the event professional takes measures to lower the probability and/or severity of the risk if it manifests (taping down electrical wires).
Linda's book is now available! You can purchase it here: https://robsonriskmgmt.com/  
Member Corner 
Welcome to these Members who joined in June!

Jennifer Bialek , National, Active and Retired Federal Employees Association

Patrice Devin 

Shannon Fitzpatrick , Workhuman

Ivana Garside 

Kara Nichols 

Hannah Stevens , Dentsply Sirona

Bill Wilson 
Upcoming Chapter Events  
Add these events to your calendar and stay tuned for updates on all of our Upcoming Events.
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Event: Summer Industry Outing
Location: Boston Tea Party Museum, 306 Congress Street, Boston

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Event: Monthly Education Program
Location : AVFX, 96 Holton St. Boston, MA 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Event: Monthly Meeting & Board Meeting
Location: To be confirmed soon!

Saturday, October 12 - Sunday, October 13, 2019
Event: 2-Day Intensive Meetings & Events / CMP Exam Study Group by Joanne Dennison
Location: Babson Executive Conference Center, 1 Snyder Drive, Wellesley, MA

Friday, September 13, 2019
Event: The Dayna Brunelli Foundation Golf Tournament
Location: Amherst Country Club, 72 Ponemah Road, NH

Monday, November 25 - Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Event: The Educational Institute
Location: Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza, Boston