NOVEMBER 2017
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Executive Director's Message

Dear Members,

Over the course of the fall, the Roundtable has participated with the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Boston Women’s Workforce Council, and most recently, the Boston Club (see below) on events highlighting the importance of diversity in the workplace. Diversity and inclusion, fairness, and equity are themes that are consistently highlighted by Roundtable members as a priority and are an increasing part of our work. Thanks to the Roundtable membership for emphasizing these issues and to our partners for their leadership and collaboration. 


Roundtable Joins The Boston Club for Important Discussion on Developing Diverse Leaders in the 21st Century
MBR joined with its members and partners at The Boston Club for an event this month that highlighted strategies for fast tracking corporate leadership development in our rapidly changing workplace. Roundtable Executive Director JD Chesloff joined a panel of experts to explore ways to add diverse and talented voices to leadership in companies across a wide variety of industries. The event was hosted by The Boston Club to explore how businesses develop corporate leaders in an age of uncertain and often shorter job tenures, the efficacy of leadership training, and the importance of a diverse Board of Directors. MBR cited the experience of its member companies that all prioritize developing and retaining a talented and diverse workforce as a business imperative. Special thanks to The Boston Club and Roundtable members for their engagement and ongoing partnership on these issues.

MBR Co-Hosts STEM Summit in Worcester Featuring 1,400 Business, Nonprofit and Educational Leaders
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito kicked off another highly successful STEM Summit of more than 1,400 business, nonprofit and educational leaders in Worcester this month to share ideas and catalyze STEM education across the Commonwealth. Once again this year, Roundtable members played a prominent role throughout the day serving as speakers, panel members and sponsors at the premiere annual gathering to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education and workforce development from early childhood through adulthood. The theme for this year’s Summit—Progress Through Partnership—celebrated the rich tradition of creative collaboration that has been the hallmark of the Commonwealth’s powerful STEM movement since its earliest inception. Special thanks to all the Roundtable member organizations that offered their expertise and support to make the day such a success—National Grid, Vertex, UMass, General Electric, Google, iRobot, Raytheon, Shire, Verizon, IBM, Iron Mountain, Mass. Tech Collaborative, Museum of Science, Siemens, Comcast and Consigli Construction.


MBR Partners with Governor’s Office for Digital Innovation & Lifelong Learning Event at MIT
Nearly a dozen Roundtable member companies and organizations participated in the Governor’s Digital Innovation & Lifelong Learning event hosted by MIT that highlighted top MBR policy priorities including talent development, as well as new approaches in early education and higher education. The Baker-Polito administration convened the event in partnership with MBR and several other groups to showcase its commitment “to strengthening our workforce, growing our nation-leading economy, and equipping our residents with the skills they need to connect with career pathways and make the unemployed and underemployed more competitive.” Governor Baker delivered the keynote address to help accelerate the pace of progress in delivering access to high quality post-secondary education. Education Secretary James Peyser, Department of Higher Education Commissioner Carlos Santiago, Department of Higher Education Board Chairman Chris Gabrieli, Commonwealth Corporation CEO J.D. LaRock, Community College presidents and numerous business leaders from companies including General Electric and Microsoft made announcements supporting lifelong learning initiatives. Ted Mitchell, President of the American Council on Education, also provided remarks on innovative approaches to skills development and credentialing that works more effectively for learners and educators.

Roundtable Joins Business Groups Advocating for Change to Independent Contractors Law in Massachusetts
MBR joined a coalition of a dozen business associations to support legislation that would provide greater alignment of the Massachusetts independent contractor law with existing federal standards. Senate Bill 1043, An Act to Enhance Employment Opportunities, filed by Senator Michael Rodrigues will help maintain and grow the Massachusetts’ economy, while preserving adequate protections for Massachusetts workers.

An excerpt from the letter:

As you examine ways to maintain Massachusetts’ economy and adapt to the changing workforce, we urge you to consider this piece of legislation a priority. Senate Bill 1043 aims to improve job growth and boost economic growth and opportunity by eliminating the Massachusetts-specific three-factor test and replacing it with the more reasonable 11-part test used by the Internal Revenue Service and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. By aligning with the federal standard, Massachusetts will provide consistency and uniformity for the Commonwealth’s employers and residents throughout the workforce. The proposed change will also eliminate complexity for multi-state employers, making the Commonwealth a more attractive place for doing business.

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Roundtable Thanks Senate for Passing Workforce Training Legislation to Strengthen Talent Pipeline
The Roundtable joined AIM and the Workforce Solutions Group expressing gratitude to the Massachusetts Senate for passing S2109, which will support job pipeline training through the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund. MBR advocated strongly for passage of this bill, which will support effective workforce training programs that help people find jobs in diverse industry sectors across Massachusetts.

The Workforce Solutions Group, which includes representatives from the AFL-CIO, workforce professionals, community-based organizations and the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, worked closely with Associated Industries of Massachusetts and legislative leaders on this bill. Originally filed by the late Senator Ken Donnelly, the legislation would name the fund after him and include a match, subject to appropriation, from the state to this employer funded effort of 5% or up to $1.1 million a year. The bill also includes common sense pay-for-performance language, added by the Senate to ensure that training programs lead to jobs.

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Roundtable Member Cigna was Visionary Sponsor of the Inaugural Boston Shatterproof Rise Up Against Addiction 5K Run/Walk  
Shatterproof is a national non-profit organization dedicated to ending the devastation the disease of addiction causes families. On October 28 in Franklin Park, Mark Butler, Cigna New England Market President, was alongside Governor Baker, Boston Police Commissioner Evans, among other area leaders, to lend their voice and support in taking action to address the opioid epidemic, which is reaching every corner of the Commonwealth. Cigna led team participation, with more than 50 employees coming to run and walk, to show their support in ending the stigma and fostering a community of support.


Roundtable Member DONG Energy Becomes Ørsted
MBR member DONG Energy has undergone a significant transformation and officially rebranded this month to become Ørsted. The Roundtable is proud to work with Orsted to support a cleaner, more reliable and affordable energy future for the Commonwealth.

In a recent release, the company explained that, “The inspiration for our new name comes from the Danish scientist Hans Christian Ørsted. He discovered electromagnetism 200 years ago, a discovery that's essential to the way we produce power today. His curiosity, dedication and interest in nature are characteristics and values that we share and that are crucial for creating a world that runs entirely on green energy. The new Ørsted name and branding reflects a commitment that we brought with us to North America—to provide green and cost effective, utility scale energy that provides economic opportunities to the communities where we operate. We are proud to reflect the spirit of innovation and ambition that drives our company.” READ Fact Sheet


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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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Congratulations to great leader & Roundtable member @BCBSMA CEO Andrew Dreyfus honored with Building a #BetterBoston Award! @UMB_Leadership

The Roundtable and its member companies are committed to diversity and inclusion #TBCSalute

@MassLtGov Karyn Polito welcomes 1,500 educators, business and nonprofit leaders to central Mass. for the 2017 #MASTEMsummit

JD Chesloff kicks off great panel of biz leaders from @Consigli1905 @nationalgridus @DellEMC @Shireplc @generalelectric on closing the skills gap #MASTEMsummit

Closing the opportunity and achievement gap through partnerships with @BostonSchools @BostonPIC @VertexPharma and many others contributing time and talent #MASTEMsummit

The Roundtable is proud to partner with @MassGovernor, @MassLtGov on the "Governor's Convening for Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning" @MIT

Special thanks to our great sponsors for the Jobs Summit #MAJobsSummit2017

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In this issue
Roundtable Joins The Boston Club for Important Discussion on Developing Diverse Leaders in the 21st Century
MBR Co-Hosts STEM Summit in Worcester Featuring 1,400 Business, Nonprofit and Educational Leaders
MBR Partners with Governor’s Office for Digital Innovation & Lifelong Learning Event at MIT
Roundtable Joins Business Groups Advocating for Change to Independent Contractors Law
Roundtable Thanks Senate for Passing Workforce Training Legislation to Strengthen Talent Pipeline
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