NOVEMBER 2016
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Executive Director's Message

Dear Members,

I want to say a special thanks to all our members who submitted examples of effective partnerships with schools for our new Business-Education report, participated in various task force discussions and played major roles in making this year’s STEM Summit and Jobs Summit such a success. The Roundtable is proud to promote the experiences of its member companies across industry sectors in regions throughout the state to influence public policy. We are sharing these lessons with policy makers and educators to continue strengthening the state’s talent pipeline, a key competitive advantage for the Commonwealth.

Please take a moment to review the Roundtable’s new report and share your feedback with us. We look forward to working with you and our many partners on Beacon Hill in the 2017-18 legislative session to make this a better place to live and work. Thank you for your continued support!


New Roundtable Report Highlights High Value Business-Education Partnerships

  READ Op-Ed by Roundtable Members Tracy Pitcher
& Marcy Reed
A new report released by the Roundtable, “Shaping the Future Workforce,” showcases close to 30 high value partnerships businesses have created with public schools, community colleges and universities. Strengthening the talent of our workforce remains a top priority for CEOs and senior executives at the Roundtable to ensure that Massachusetts is competitive in the global economy.

MBR released the report this month, which included a story in the State House News Service, and shared the report widely with policy makers, key executives and a campaign on social media promoting the partnerships of individual members.

“To remain competitive, employers must be confident in their ability to find skilled and trained talent today and assured that the education and workforce pipeline is producing the workers of tomorrow,” said Marcy Reed, the President of National Grid, Massachusetts, and the Chair of MBR’s Board of Directors.  “That is why they are reaching out in increasingly unique and targeted ways to schools from pre-K through graduate school to ensure the pipeline is producing the talent they need.”

For a printed copy of the report, please contact the Roundtable office at 617-728-0881 or

READ Report

READ State House News

MBR’s Health Care Task Force Convenes in Boston
Robert Johnson, President of Becker College and Chair of MBR’s Health Care Task Force, convened a meeting that included major employers, health insurers, health providers, rare disease/pharma and other key stakeholders for a discussion hosted by Skadden Arps. The goal of the Health Care Task Force is to develop a set of principles and policy priorities to guide MBR’s advocacy during the 2017-18 legislative session.

In a wide-ranging discussion, members highlighted a variety of key issues in health care and focused on several themes including competition, innovation and transparency. There was also significant discussion about data analytics, data-driven decision making and equity for consumers of health care.

The Roundtable will be working with the Task Force and its members to develop a set of guiding principles. There is ample opportunity for any Roundtable members to submit ideas and share their perspectives prior to the completion of the principles. For more information, please contact Chris Kealey

Roundtable Co-Sponsors 13th Annual STEM Summit November 1st at the DCU Center in Worcester
Companies have a tremendous opportunity to activate and empower their employees to inspire and educate the next generation of scientists Roundtable member Colin Angle, CEO of iRobot, told a crowd of close to 1,500 during the 13th annual Massachusetts STEM Summit. Leading educators, businesses, policy makers and non-profit organizations filled the DCU Center in Worcester for the STEM Summit, whose theme, “Building a Lifetime of Opportunity,” recognizes that the nurturing of curiosity and enthusiasm for STEM can begin in the earliest years of life, and be sustained over the course of a lifetime. 

“STEM education is not just about economic advancement, it’s about economic opportunity”
– Congressman Joseph Kennedy III

The Roundtable and its members played a pivotal role again this year throughout the STEM Summit. GE Foundation, National Grid, Vertex, Dell Technologies, General Dynamics Mission Systems, Google, iRobot, Raytheon, Shire, UMass, Verizon, IBM, the Museum of Science and Siemens all served as sponsors and many provided expert speakers for the various sessions throughout the day.

Additional speakers at the Summit included Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Congressman Joseph Kennedy, GE Foundation Executive Director Kelli Wells and Boston Business Journal Executive Editor Doug Banks. David Mangus of Brockton High School was honored as the “Teacher of the Year” by The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon. Strengthening STEM education across the state remains a top priority for the Roundtable to ensure that the Commonwealth can compete effectively in the global economy. Thank you to all who made this such a successful event!

Roundtable Chair Marcy Reed One of Six Women Honored with Abigail Adams Awards by Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus
Congratulations to Roundtable Chair Marcy Reed, President, National Grid Massachusetts on being honored with a 2016 Abigail Adams Award! The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus introduced the “Tribute to Abigail Adams” almost 30 years ago to recognize outstanding women leaders in the state. “Award recipients are women who have demonstrated through their work and/or their community activism a firm commitment to the realization of equal political, economic, and social rights for women.” 


Roundtable Welcomes New Member Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO, Deepwater Wind
The Roundtable is pleased to welcome its newest member Jeffrey Grybowski, Chief Executive Officer, Deepwater Wind. As CEO, Mr. Grybowski manages the company’s portfolio of offshore wind and transmission projects. He has been intimately involved in the development of Deepwater Wind’s path-breaking Block Island Wind Farm since its inception in 2008.

Mr. Grybowski has been at the forefront of shaping the commercial structures and government policies necessary to support offshore wind in the U.S. He plays a key role in the development of federal and state policies governing the leasing, permitting, and commercialization of offshore wind and transmission projects. Through the advancement of the Block Island Wind Farm, Mr. Grybowski has been a leader in establishing the commercial framework for standing up a new renewable energy industry in the United States.

Mr. Grybowski previously served as Chief of Staff to the Governor of Rhode Island, where he was the Governor’s senior advisor on all matters of state business, including fiscal policy, management of state operations, legislative strategy, and the formation and implementation of executive policies. He previously practiced corporate law at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder in Providence, Rhode Island and at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York, New York.

Mr. Grybowski earned an A.B. with Honors in Public Policy from Brown University, a J.D. with High Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, and served as a Law Clerk to the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island.

Roundtable Members Featured in Annual Jobs & Workforce Summit at Devens
Education and workforce development expert Dane Linn of the National Business Roundtable highlighted the many ways companies across the country are hiring people with specific core competencies and STEM skills, while also scaling up effective job training partnerships during the 7th Annual Jobs & Workforce Summit at Devens.

The Summit featured keynote remarks from Governor Charlie Baker, remarks from Congressman Seth Moulton, as well as a special panel discussion on the “pay equity” legislation with Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad and AIM’s Executive Vice President John Regan. The Summit also included a panel of business leaders including Dane Linn from the BRT, Rachel Kaprielian from Vertex, and Joseph Quinn from Walmart, as well as a dynamic panel of youth leaders who are seizing new opportunities thanks to workforce training programs.

Roundtable member Consigli Construction was honored with the “Employer of the Year” award from the Workforce Solutions Group for the company’s outstanding commitment to workforce development and training.

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Roundtable Member Northeastern University President Joseph Aoun Highlights Changes in Age of AI
Long-time Roundtable member Joseph Aoun, President of Northeastern University, recently penned a thought-provoking piece in the Washington Post looking at the potential consequences of artificial intelligence on our society and the impacts on higher education and life-long learning. The following is a brief excerpt from the op-ed piece with a link to the full story below:

“No one knows for sure what the artificial intelligence age will look like, but we do know this: It’s coming, and things are going to change. Whether that change will be a boon or a bane depends largely on individuals’ ability to develop their own intelligence throughout their lifetimes. That, in turn, depends on their ability to access efficient, effective higher education opportunities.” READ Op-Ed

Does your company have news about industry trends, key milestones or other materials you are sharing with the public? We want to include news from our members in this space, so please send any story ideas or links to MBR Deputy Director Chris Kealey.

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Our Roundtable Member Spotlight is @Consigli1905

@MassGovernor Charlie Baker discusses workforce and economic development opportunities at #MAjobsSummit2016

Roundtable member @VertexPharma Rachel Kaprielian says #STEM skills critical to fill advanced manufacturing, other jobs #majobssummit2016

Congratulations to MBR Chair, @nationalgridus Prez @MarcyReedNG, amazing biz leader on your @MWPC award #AbigailAdamsAwards

Our new report highlights key partnerships between companies and schools in the commonwealth. #MBREdPartners REPORT

Dane Linn of @BizRoundtable highlights companies hiring for core competencies, scaling effective job training programs #majobssummit2016

Member @MITREcorp and @WPI have a long-standing partnership including undergraduate project center #MBREdPartners REPORT

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In this issue
New Roundtable Report Highlights High Value Business-Education Partnerships
MBR’s Health Care Task Force Convenes in Boston
Roundtable Co-Sponsors 13th Annual STEM Summit November 1st at the DCU Center in Worcester
Roundtable Chair Marcy Reed One of Six Women Honored with Abigail Adams Awards by Massachusetts Women’s
Roundtable Welcomes New Member Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO, Deepwater Wind
Roundtable Members Featured in Annual Jobs & Workforce Summit at Devens
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