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A Letter from MPI New England President
Kristy Burns, CMP


Hello MPI New England Members,

I’ve started and stopped drafting this letter so many times in the past week, I’m honestly at a loss of what to say.  I keep asking myself, what do I do?  Should I be uplifting and inspiring?  Should I be depressed and filled with sadness over what our industry is facing?  I finally decided that I would be thankful and share with everyone those things that make me thankful.  

First and foremost, I am thankful for the past leaders of our chapter and that they all contributed to getting us where we are today financially.  Many of you don’t know that MPI New England is a business. The board is responsible for the money you pay in membership dues and also registration for attending events.  Our responsibility as a board member is to be a good steward of that money and use it to make the chapter better.  While that is always a goal, it has not always been reality.  MPI New England is currently in a strong financial position and I’m thankful that this crisis and a few missed events will not break our chapter.  

I’m also thankful for the support we are all receiving from MPI Global.  Do you realize that all of MPI Academy is currently available and free to members?  This is a huge opportunity for those who have time on their hands to gain some new skills to push your career forward.  MPI Global is also offering membership assistance, perhaps you are like me and your membership lapsed and your company is understandably putting a hold on spending.  What do you do?  Do you pay for your membership out of your own pocket?  Do you let your membership lapse?  Please contact or if you are in a spot where your membership is in jeopardy.  

Another bright spot in my days have been our members. We had over 300 people #joinme on our virtual meeting last week!  This tells me that there is still so much passion for this industry that we all know and love and I have no doubt that there will brighter days ahead where we get together again and learn and educate each other.  GMID was quite different than in the past, but April 14th was still a significant day when we all gathered and discussed the future.  

Lastly, I must say how thankful I am for our current board of directors of MPI New England.  You have an amazing group of individuals who are choosing to volunteer their time to ensure that our future includes getting together again.  There are so many plans being made right now for virtual gatherings, for a cocktail, l for more education and for health and wellness (hello stress relief!).   Our board is like you, many of us are out of work and looking forward to when our world turns around and we are back together.   Their commitment to MPI and YOU has not waivered and I can’t thank them all enough.  

If there is anything that I can do for you please reach out and I’ll be happy to help in any way that I can! 

Don’t forget that when we meet, we change the world and #wewillmeetagain.

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