SEPTEMBER 2017
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Executive Director's Message

Dear Members,

Special thanks to more than 40 Roundtable members who met with us this summer to share your perspectives on issues and the state’s economy. While business is generally good, there is a growing sense of frustration with the initiative petition process and proposals that would significantly increase the costs and complexity of doing business here. We also learned a lot about the fascinating changes in workplace cultures and the impact of disruptive technological change across industry sectors.

I also want to thank all the members and Mayor Jon Mitchell, who joined us for the September Board of Directors in New Bedford. We heard from Roundtable members in a variety of industries—health care, energy, development and education—who talked about their experience doing business in the region and how it fits into the broader, statewide economic ecosystem. We had a productive discussion on policy priorities to guide our advocacy this fall on issues such as paid family and medical leave and the ballot questions.

We look forward to working with you this fall!


Business Leaders Discuss Economic Opportunities in New Bedford During Fall Board of Directors Meeting
Overlooking the largest commercial fishing port in the United States, Roundtable members from a wide variety of industries gathered for the September Board of Directors meeting at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford. Mayor Jon Mitchell detailed the city’s strategic vision for sustainable economic growth building on the strengths in the region. Access to world-class research institutions, a deep water port, diverse manufacturing and marine sciences industries, a vibrant creative economy and a walkable, affordable urban experience have all helped the city achieve the largest drop in unemployment among a survey of 400 cities in the U.S.

New Roundtable member Keith Hovan, CEO of Southcoast Health, which employs more than 6,500 people and has an economic impact of close to $2 billion in the region, kicked off a series of presentations by members. Members from DONG Energy, A.D. Makepeace Companies and UMass Dartmouth all emphasized the tremendous assets in the region and the importance of generating a skilled workforce to spur innovation in an era of relentless disruption to business models in every industry.

Members engaged in a roundtable discussion about paid family and medical leave proposals and the opportunity to work with legislative leaders on this issue. MBR Executive Director JD Chesloff provided an update on the themes from individual meetings with more than three dozen members this summer and thanked members for their continued support.

Roundtable Launches 8th Annual Jobs Summit with Workforce Solutions Group at Devens on October 26th

For the 8th year in a row, the Roundtable is partnering with the AFL-CIO, community based groups and non-profit organizations as a member of the Workforce Solutions Group for the Jobs & Workforce Development Summit. This year’s theme, “Talent in the New Economy: Powering Economic Growth”, will highlight outstanding opportunities across the state to strengthen the talent pipeline. 

The 2017 Summit will attract more than 300 key policy makers, business, labor and education leaders, to share the latest information about job creation, statewide labor and credential needs, higher education initiatives, and career pathways for young adults. Many Roundtable member companies are providing sponsorships and participating in the speaking program that will include Secretary Jay Ash, Secretary Rosalin Acosta, Senator Jason Lewis, Representative Paul Brodeur, as well as business and workforce development leaders. In addition, the event will recognize the Workforce Champion Awards for the Employer of the Year, Training Partnership of the Year, Best Youth Employment program, and the Legislator Champions. If you are interested in additional information, please contact Chris Kealey.

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Roundtable Hosts STEM Summit

  Registration is now open
November 14
DCU Center in Worcester

The annual Massachusetts STEM Summit promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education and workforce development from early childhood through adulthood. The theme for this year’s Summit—Progress Through Partnership—celebrates the rich tradition of creative collaboration that has been the hallmark of the Commonwealth’s powerful STEM movement since its earliest inception.

MBR Executive Director JD Chesloff will lead a panel discussion, “Work in Progress: How CEOs are Helping Close the Skills Gap” highlighting a recent survey of Massachusetts employers that saw 75% reporting difficulty filling open positions. A report from the national Business Roundtable confirms this problem nationally finding that the nation’s economic growth “is hindered because the skills of today’s workers have not kept up with the requirements of current and future jobs.” The session will include featured remarks from Dane Linn, Vice President at the Business Roundtable followed by a panel of experts from different industries including: Anthony Consigli, CEO, Consigli Construction, Beth Phalen, President and General Manager, Data Protection Division, Dell EMC, Marcy Reed, Chief of Business Operations, National Grid and Kelli Wells, Executive Director of Education and Skills, GE Foundation.

The Summit is hosted by the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council, and the UMass Donahue Institute and supported by generous contributions from a broad array of public and private organizations invested in the economic vitality of the state, including businesses, educational institutions, government agencies, and non-profit entities. If you would like to know more about becoming an event sponsor, please contact us.

MBR Teams Up with the New England Council on Global Trade Opportunities for Massachusetts Companies
In partnership with the New England Council, the Roundtable helped business leaders 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 held earlier this month at The Hampshire House in Boston included speakers from the U.S. Commerce Department, Ex-Im Bank, U.S. Trade and Development Agency and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

Special thanks to our partners at New England Council for collaborating with MBR on this unique opportunity and to the members who participated in this discussion on trade.

Roundtable Member MassTech Collaborative, Industry Leaders Join Cybersecurity Forum in Cambridge
Roundtable members representing Massachusetts's world-class cybersecurity ecosystem gathered this month for the first-ever Mass Cybersecurity Forum developed by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative focused on expanding cybersecurity leadership, business growth, talent and workforce, and advancing technology in the global cybersecurity arena. In a recap of the event that was sponsored by Roundtable member State Street Bank and many others, MassTech noted it “was attended by more than 200 cybersecurity-focused leaders from the Commonwealth’s roster of companies, top-tier academic research institutions, and local, state and federal officials.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced the creation of the “Cybersecurity Growth and Development Center at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative”—a new public center that will aim to connect the cybersecurity ecosystem and train new cybersecurity workers across the Commonwealth. To advise and steer the center, MassTech will convene a Cybersecurity Strategy Council made up of leaders from both the private and public sector. 

“Massachusetts is home to many of the world’s leading innovative companies, accelerators and educational institutions, as well as an economically competitive climate prepared to host the world’s emerging cybersecurity industry,” said Governor Baker. “Creating the Cybersecurity Growth and Development Center at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and the Cybersecurity Strategy Council will ensure the state serves as a committed partner with businesses, colleges and universities, and the public sector to continue developing a talented workforce and to expand our cybersecurity ecosystem.”

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Roundtable Member Chris MacKenzie, Managing Partner for RSM Hosts CEO Panel in Boston
Economic update and panel event surrounding middle market business issues
Please join RSM for an economic update and discussion surrounding middle market business issues followed by a panel event featuring middle market business leaders to provide insight into what they are seeing in the market.

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
7:30–10:00 a.m.
Boston College Club
Event Details & Registration


Roundtable Member Brandeis Opens Search for Executive Director of Corporate Relations
Roundtable member Brandeis University is searching for an Executive Director of Corporate Relations for the Brandeis ​International Business School. This new position will be part of the senior management team and will report to the Dean. He/she will focus on building deeper connections with businesses in Boston and beyond, in order to widen career options for students, support field consulting projects, and intensify our interactions with companies on the campus and in the field. Brandeis IBS enrolls approximately 400 graduate students, primarily in highly ranked master's programs in finance, economics, data analytics, marketing and other timely business specializations. Most of these programs are STEM (science, technology, engineering and management) classified. The school is looking for an entrepreneurial, energetic and knowledgeable professional with a significant record of accomplishments in business and/or higher education in business-related fields. Brandeis University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. VIEW additional information

Congratulations to Roundtable Member Babson on Opening Campus in Miami
Babson President Kerry Healey cut a ribbon for the school’s new Miami Satellite campus at the Cambridge Innovation Center Building located at 1951 NW 7th Avenue. The campus will provide graduate programs in a “blended learning format” that includes on-line learning and in-person instruction. Babson is also providing a social innovation program for women entrepreneurs in Southern Florida through its Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership. The Miami location will also provide executive education, alumni events and corporate activities. Babson College is ranked #1 in Entrepreneurship for 23 years in a row by US News and World Report.


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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In this issue
Business Leaders Discuss Economic Opportunities in New Bedford During Fall Board of Directors Meeting
Roundtable Launches 8th Annual Jobs Summit with Workforce Solutions Group
Roundtable Hosts STEM Summit
MBR Teams Up with the New England Council on Global Trade Opportunities for Massachusetts Companies
Roundtable Member MassTech Collaborative, Industry Leaders Join Cybersecurity Forum in Cambridge
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Upcoming events

Board Meeting
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
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For members only

Mass. Jobs and Workforce Summit
8:30 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.
Devens Common Conference Center
NOVEMBER 14Mass. STEM Summit 2017
8:00 a.m.– 3:45 p.m.
DCU Center

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