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Message from Our President: Meeting Challenges Together

By: Caitlin Gaborow, President | Mar 27, 2020

To the MPI Upstate NY Community,

First let me say that I hope you're all doing well - as our industry weathers the current global crisis I know we're all individually adapting to new situations and challenges. At the chapter level we are doing our best to adjust as the world around us changes; to that end, I wanted to share a few scheduling updates with all of you.

The gala in its existing format (including the auction) will not take place this board year. This was a very difficult decision, but it is the right one with the level of uncertainty that we have been facing and will continue to face in the coming weeks. 

With that said, a canceled gala does NOT mean that we will not be celebrating our award winners – all awardees have worked hard in their careers and deserve recognition. We are working as a board to create an alternative virtual celebration in the coming weeks, both to recognize our awardees and to provide a moment of community for our members. This new event will be complimentary; we will be refunding all gala registrants and sponsors within the next week.

Our April 14th membership event has also been canceled. However, Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) is ON in a virtual format. MPI and Meetings Mean Business (MMB) have put together a robust day-long program of virtual sessions that are directly relevant to the unprecedented times that we are all living and working in. I hope to “see” you online for this!  

Updates aside, my main reason for reaching out is to let you know that your MPI community is here for you. As we face this global crisis, we all still have each other, through everything – working from home, canceled events, lost jobs, and more. This is a community that is fluent in crisis and risk management, an industry built on adapting to change at a moment’s notice and making the best out of every situation. The COVID-19 pandemic is a more serious challenge, but one that we will meet, and overcome, together. 

If you have questions or need anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out to chapter leadership; we are here to help in any way that we can.

Stay safe, and be well.

Caitlin Gaborow, CMP
President - MPI Upstate NY


Caitlin Gaborow, President
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