Social Growth in the New Normal
Editor's Note
Summer arrives blazing new trails in the "return-to-normal" efforts across industry globally. Career professionals and job seekers have been naturally anxious about the state of jobs in the new normal, and several associations, individuals and organizations are working together to track  the opportunities and challenges ahead.
Further, the results of our COVID-19 Coping in a Pandemic Survey revealed a demand for educational online webinars (27%) more than any other opportunity! This was followed by online social networking opportunities (16%) and jobs (12%). If you are one of the hundred who took the survey, thank you! We will be sharing snippets in the coming days as well, along with plans for a virtual jobs fair. To answer the need of the hour, we have for you two unique free educational MRIA webinars for July: 
Pandemic Era Brand Surge brings together lightning talks on brand growth and relevance in uncertain times through the lens of varied stakeholders in the brand and insights landscape across categories and sectors. Learn about pandemic era brand launch, competition, profitability, and civic consicousness from different experts.  
Storytelling for Data Scientists brings together leading practitioners who will offer their insights and tools to building a successful story rooted in the concepts of audience centricity, demystifying machine learning for the business stakeholder, implementing three levels of complexity, and creating a connection with the hero's journey framework. 
Do you want to participate in or sponsor a future webinar? Get in touch and let us know what you think! 
The next sitting for the CMRP exam will be in September 2020. Find more details below on how you can register for the exam and save your spot on the career progression track. Seats are limited, so please apply early! 
Wishing you continued health and success.
Arundati Dandapani
Chief Editor, MRIA-ARIM 
2020 AAPOR Burns Bud Roper Fellow and Conference Speaker
2020 QRCA Young Professionals Grant Awardee
Inaugural GRIT Future List Honouree 
July Free Webinars
Pandemic Era Brand Surge
When: Monday, June 29, 1PM-2PM EST
Featuring: EQUA Specialty Risk Corporation, M-Brain Group, Versa Research, Black Business Professionals Association (BBPA)
Register for this FREE Webinar
Storytelling for Data Scientists: Bridging Worlds
When: Wednesday, July 08, 1PM-2PM EST
Featuring: Storylytics, Boire Analytics, Clearbanc, Phase-5
Register for this FREE Webinar
Certification and Retail Innovation 
Are You an MRX Professional?
If you are looking for added industry credentials for career progression, you can now take the CMRP exam in September. Get evaluated today! If you are a senior professional, ask us about the Experienced Professional Pathway and get your CMRP in just a few weeks. 
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