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MPI Encourages Collaboration During Moment of Constant Change

By Sharon Ricketts, CMM, August 5, 2021



Masks were off and spirits were soaring with over 50% of Americans fully vaccinated and eager to get outdoors, socialize and travel. In our industry, hybrid and live corporate meetings, sports, concerts, and special events were all coming back with gusto. That is until recently when the highly contagious Delta variant surged, causing 80-87% of all U.S. COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks of July, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 


The impact has been immediate. According to Julie Oatman, CMP Director of Sales/Catering and Convention Services at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, “we had been operating our food and beverage programs in line with more normal circumstances and our clients have begun requesting a return to the highest safety standards including masks, plastic dividers and contactless catering.”


Similarly, at MVP Collaborative, we have begun providing clients with a fully virtual back-up solution to any live or hybrid events that are planned for this year. It gives our clients confidence to continue planning for an event knowing they can pivot in a moment’s notice.


MPI encourages its members to stay engaged, connected, and informed via online resources, educational curricula, and special programming such as the upcoming MPI Michigan Fall Symposium featuring Judi Holler, author and improviser whose topic, Say Yes & Turn Obstacles into Opportunities, could not be timelier.  


According to MPI Michigan president, Karalee McKinstry, “it has never been a more important time to collaborate and problem-solve together as a professional community. Our organization will remain focused on helping our members survive until all of us can thrive.” 


For additional MPI resources to stay up to date on safety, security and coronavirus protocols, click on the following links: The Essential Guide to Safety and Security or consider The Pandemic Meeting & Event Certificate program, offered through a partnership between MPI and the Event Leadership Institute.


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