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Our Commitment to Diversity and Equality

MPI New England, as its mission, seeks to bring people together “to learn, innovate, collaborate, and advocate; leading and empowering the meeting and event community to change the world.”

With the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and countless other members of the Black community, it is clear that the world needs to change, and systemic change is long overdue. We are at a pivotal moment while our industry faces unimaginable challenges, and we have the opportunity to reshape its future. As your chapter leadership, this change starts with us, and we stand together to say that Black Lives Matter, and we will do better to honor these words.

We recognize that we are a board of all white members and we have long observed a lack of diversity at our events. For us to be truly successful and live up to our mission, as well as more fully support the growth and professional development of our membership, it is time that we do the hard work of reflecting on our own behaviors, actions, and policies that may be unconsciously not welcoming and/or excluding Black and Brown meeting professionals. We aim to make sustainable, long-term change, and we outline this plan as we start this journey together:

  • In this past year, we have held educational programs on leveraging diverse teams and creating inclusive events. We will continue to promote the importance of diversity and inclusion through education to our members and provide resources throughout the year. Furthermore, we will continue to bring in diverse speakers and perspectives for our educational programs.

  • The board will work to develop self-awareness of the hidden biases we hold and actively work to overcome them. We seek to gain a better understanding of how these biases may show up in our personal and professional lives, especially as it pertains to perpetuating racial injustice. The hard work of dismantling racism starts with ourselves, and we will share books, articles, and resources to further encourage learning and unlearning together.

  • This is a time to listen, reflect, and engage with empathy, curiosity, and hold respectful, sometimes uncomfortable dialogue. In addition, we will establish a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion task force to evaluate all of our activities – marketing, membership, and education – to create a more inclusive culture.

  • MPI Global has partnered with the National Coalition for Black Meeting Professionals and we will actively welcome its members here in New England to further support their professional development locally. We look forward to creating meaningful partnerships and new connections with members.

  • As a thriving chapter, we hold a privileged position in the global association and it is our responsibility to use that position to advocate for further change. We hold MPI Global accountable in leading the chapters in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, outlining a strategic plan for the chapters to attract and retain diverse talent, providing deeper member education on equity and inclusion practices, and further exploring and dismantling the systemic inequities that permeate our industry.

George Floyd calling out to his mother was a rallying cry for action, pleading for everyone to be an active ally to advocate for change. We need you, our members, to confront bias and racism in all of their forms at the moment as you witness them, and hold us accountable as your leaders.

We want to hear from you. What can we do better to support your professional development and create an association that celebrates people of all identities, but especially uplifts those who are underrepresented in our industry and membership? Share this message on your social platforms and demonstrate that you will commit to learning and advocating for a new, more equitable world, starting here within your MPI New England community.

The MPI New England Board Of Directors

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