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Top Performing Chapter Award
Honorary Achievment Chapter Award



MPI New England
Chapter Awards


Each Spring, the New England Chapter of Meeting Professionals International takes pride in recognizing its members for achievement in a variety of areas.

Read below for the various categories and nomination criteria.

The Kathy Keegan-Cummings Professional Development Scholarship Award

This scholarship award is presented annually to an MPI member from the New England Chapter to provide a full year of complimentary registration to all 6 educational chapter events excluding the November Institute. The candidate must present a rationale for receiving this scholarship, including why he/she would like to participate in Chapter educational events throughout the year, how this participation will benefit the candidate’s future professional goals, and how his/her participation will benefit the New England Chapter of MPI.    

Sam Dame Chapter Leader of the Year

This award is intended to recognize the local commitment of a chapter member in influencing the life of the Chapter.  The award is based upon the ability of the recipient to motivate others, impact chapter functions, provide a sense of purpose in the community and act as a catalyst to cause exceptional results that benefit the local chapter and meetings industry.

Meeting Professional of the Year Planner/Supplier

These awards (one for Planner and one for Supplier) are presented annually to 2 members of MPI in recognition of outstanding industry contributions, leadership, and professionalism.  The awards are based on chapter participation, donation of time, talents, and services to members of the community, community service outside of the industry, and mentorship of newer members of the chapter.  The awards recognize a career of involvement, commitment, and achievement.

Dayna Brunelli Tomorrow’s Leader Award

This award is presented annually to an MPI member who has made new contributions to the association at the chapter level. The candidate must be a current member of MPI in good standing. The candidate must be employed as a full-time planner or supplier.  This award recognizes a new and growing career in the events industry with a demonstration of involvement, commitment, and achievement on a chapter level. This award is named in honor of an incredible young member of MPI New England gone from us too soon but remembered always for her contributions to the chapter.

How to Nominate

Nominations Process

1. Complete the nomination form – this will serve as a letter of recommendation for the nominee. (you may self-nominate or nominate a peer)

2. The MPI New England Awards Committee will contact qualified nominees to confirm their nomination and provide information on the next steps of the process.  

3. Completed nomination forms must be received prior to the deadline of 12:00 pm, May 20th, 2022.  After this deadline, the timeline will guide the process.  



1. Nominations will be accepted now through May 20, 2022, 12:00PM EST - No late entries will be accepted. 

2. Qualified nominees will be notified by Monday, May 30, 2022.

3. Recipient selection will take place May 23rd-June 10th, 2022.

4. The awards will be presented during the June Annual Meeting, June 16, 2022.

Judging Process

Applications are compiled by the Chair of the awards committee and reviewed for completion and compliance. Any nomination that requires further review will be considered by the Chair of the awards committee.

Nominations will undergo a round of judging. The judges are a small group of volunteers representing a range of professions and expertise from within the New England Chapter. Judges will review and score all qualified entries. 

The finalist is confirmed for approval by the Chair of the committee and will be announced at the Chapter Annual Meeting in June 2022.


Please contact the Immediate Past President &
Chair of the awards committee,
Ainsley Onstott

Each year, MPI honors its best and brightest chapters and volunteers through the Recognizing Industry Success & Excellence (RISE) Awards.

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