SUMMER 2017
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Executive Director's Message

Dear Members,

I want to thank our members for taking the time to meet with us this summer. These individual member meetings began under the leadership of former MBR Chair Donna Cupelo, and they have become an invaluable tool for us to learn about the challenges and goals of our members across the state. Chris and I look forward to reporting on the common themes and policy ideas that are emerging from our conversations with members during the MBR Board meeting in September.

As a statewide policy organization, we are pleased to be convening the September Board meeting on Tuesday, September 19th at 8:30 a.m., in New Bedford, where we will be joined by Mayor Jon Mitchell and new members of the Roundtable from the region. Additional details will be sent out via email to all members. We look forward to seeing you there.

Have a great rest of the summer!


MBR Convenes Ad Hoc Committee on Innovative Business Solutions Led by Mark Butler, President of Cigna Health, New England
Roundtable members participated in MBR’s new Ad Hoc Committee on Innovative Business Solutions led by Mark Butler, President of Cigna Health, New England. Members shared strategies and solutions to overcome common challenges facing employers across a variety of industry sectors. The group discussed ways to support employees to maximize innovation, strengthen internal & external brand, manage technology disruption, meet changing customer demands and better understand today's competition.

One member noted a question from an employee who asked, “When are we going to stop changing so quickly?” The answer was clear: “We are not.” Change is constant, but it has a major impact on talented workers across industries. With the competition for top talent at a premium, members highlighted best practices for managing change, supporting employees and enabling them to pursue their passions. Several themes emerged from the initial meeting about specific ways employers are doing the following:

  • Encouraging and supporting talent to maximize innovation
  • Establishing authentic branding messages to improve company culture
  • Adapting to rapid change from external forces

Any members interested in participating in future meetings of this new Ad Hoc Committee are encouraged to contact Chris Kealey. Future meetings will explore issues and strategies for creating work-life balance; innovations in the workplace; and, personalizing the customer experience.

MBR Partners with New England Council for Special Event Promoting Trade Opportunities
In partnership with the New England Council, the Roundtable is pleased to offer business leaders the chance to explore opportunities and resources available from federal trade agencies to help increase exports, as well as expand access to and make investments in foreign markets. The event is scheduled on Thursday, September 7, 2017, Noon-2:00 p.m., at The Hampshire House, 84 Beacon Street, in Boston.

Roundtable member companies are doing business in dozens of countries throughout the world. This special event will feature discussions with leaders from several key federal agencies working to open new trade opportunities for U.S. businesses. This event is free for MBR members and executives at Roundtable member companies, but registration is required.


Roundtable Members Team Up with State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg on Board Diversity
State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg unveiled a new report this summer from her “Bringing Diversity on Board” initiative, an effort to help corporate leaders advance diversity in the boardroom. This spring, MBR teamed up with Treasurer Goldberg to help organize three roundtables in Boston that brought together leaders from industries such as technology, finance, health care and pharmaceuticals. The report provides a detailed overview of the successful strategies and action items shared at the roundtables.

“Board directors are charged with planning the strategic direction of the companies they oversee in a dynamic and rapidly-evolving environment. Recruiting, investing in, and retaining a diverse board is not just a social goal; it is a business imperative,” said Treasurer Goldberg in a release. “Working together, we are making important progress to strengthen our businesses and our economy. Now is the time to seize the momentum. We hope corporate leaders and other stakeholders find this report helpful and practical.”

State Treasurer Goldberg, who provided the keynote remarks at the MBR Annual Meeting in June, thanked the many Roundtable members and expert representatives from member companies who participated in the working sessions. The Roundtable and its members have a long-standing, active commitment to increasing diversity in all its forms.

READ full report

Roundtable Partners with Public Officials, Business Leaders to Raise Awareness about Human Trafficking
Attorney General Maura Healey and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh called a meeting to educate business leaders on the issue of human trafficking, its relevance to the workplace and to identify ways for employers to address it. The stories and examples of abuse are both stunning and heartbreaking. Following the discussion, MBR Executive Director JD Chesloff and Jesse Mermell from the Alliance for Business Leadership collaborated on an op-ed that ran in the Boston Business Journal to help the Attorney General and Mayor reach out to the broader business community about this effort. The op-ed includes themes that are consistent with the Roundtable’s ongoing work to promote equity, diversity, fairness and safety in the workplace.


Roundtable Welcomes New Member Keith A. Hovan, President & CEO, Southcoast Health
The Roundtable is pleased to welcome its newest member, Keith A. Hovan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Southcoast Health, the largest employer in Southeastern Massachusetts.

The healthcare system is comprised of Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, MA, St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, MA and Tobey Hospital in Wareham, MA. The Southcoast Visiting Nurses Association, Southcoast Physicians Group, Southcoast Physicians Network and the Southcoast Accountable Care Organization are also subsidiary corporations of the health system.

“Keith Hovan is a respected business leader who has overseen growth and improved care at Southcoast Health, and has led several statewide and national healthcare associations. I’m pleased that Keith will ably add another Greater New Bedford voice to the important work of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable.”

-New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell

Keith was appointed President and CEO of Southcoast Hospitals Group, Inc. in July 2008 and in July 2011 as President and CEO of Southcoast Health, Inc. Previously, Keith served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Danbury Health. Prior to Danbury Health, Keith was employed at Montefiore Medical Center of New York, where he served as Vice President of Clinical Services for Henry and Lucy Moses and Einstein-Weiler Hospitals. Other assignments at Montefiore included serving as Associate Hospital Director and Administrator for Surgical and Emergency Services. Previously, he served as Director of Nursing for Surgical and Emergency Services, Nurse Manager of Emergency Services, and staff nurse at Bridgeport Hospital. 

Keith holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Sacred Heart University (graduating first in his class with an Award for Academic Excellence), and is a member of several professional associations. READ full bio

Mayor photo credit Colton Simmons.

Going Around the Table
News, links and information about members of the Roundtable

Roundtable Member Eric Schultz Joins CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion
Eric Schultz, president and CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, recently signed on to CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, a collaboration of 275 CEOs "pledging to take measureable action in advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace." Schultz is the only health plan CEO from New England, and one of only six health plan CEOs nationwide, to sign on, according to Harvard Pilgrim. The effort includes a pledge to "cultivate workplaces that support open dialogue," offer "unconscious bias education to eliminate potential blind spots," and "help each other build and improve diversity strategies." 

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.

TwitterWhat's News on Twitter

Great celebration with a great employer @DellEMC David Goulden @SpeakerDeLeo @KarenSpilka @CarolynDykema @jeffroy @JayAshEOHED

"It's not only the right thing to do but the smart thing." Agree. Kudos to our friends @easternbank & @bostonchamber

Congratulations to @kristenmlepore on being named Chief of Staff. We look forward to working with you in this new role! @massgovernor

MBR member @BerkshireBank awarded $52,000 in #scholarships to 35 high school seniors across the Northeast

MBR member @iRobot plans to expand its headquarters by 5,645 square feet and stay in #Bedford for another decade

MBR members @EversourceCorp and @UMass have partnered to increase campus #energyefficiency

MBR member @Siemens partnered with Plug & Play Partners to launch a new energy & #sustainability innovation platform

Rising senior at MBR member @BeckerCollege is bringing free game design classes to low-income kids in #Lawrence

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In this issue
MBR Convenes Ad Hoc Committee on Innovative Business Solutions Led by Mark Butler, President of Cigna Health, New England
MBR Partners with New England Council for Special Event Promoting Trade Opportunities
Roundtable Members Team Up with State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg on Board Diversity
Roundtable Partners with Public Officials, Business Leaders to Raise Awareness about Human Trafficking
Roundtable Welcomes New Member Keith A. Hovan, President & CEO, Southcoast Health System
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