SEPTEMBER 2018
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Executive Director's Message

Dear Members,

I want to thank the Roundtable’s members, our partners in the business community, Legislature and Governor’s office for your collaboration on a highly-productive legislative session. Working together, we advanced policy priorities that will lead to new opportunities in economic and workforce development, early education, computer science and clean energy.

We are convening a series of task force meetings this fall led by CEOs and senior business leader members from diverse industries across the state to develop our 2019-20 legislative agenda. We look forward to collaborating with our partners to strengthen the state’s long-term economy.


Roundtable Supports Yes on Question 3Submitted by MBR Intern Hailey Reed

The Roundtable, and many of its members, joined the Freedom For All Massachusetts (FFAM) Coalition in support of the rights of transgender citizens. The Coalition, with 82 business partners and growing, is campaigning against the repeal of a law currently in place in the Commonwealth ensuring that the civil rights of all citizens of Massachusetts are respected. The law, which FFAM campaigned for in 2016, prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places of public accommodation throughout the state. MBR Chair Bob Rivers hosted an event for business leaders in support of the issue at Eastern Bank emphasizing the important role the business community must play to protect the rights of transgender people.

With the recruitment and retention of talent as one of the top priorities for Roundtable members, the business community supports maintaining the current law. As FFAM puts it, “repealing basic non-discrimination protections will negatively impact our state’s brand and ability to recruit top talent, especially among millennials, who overwhelmingly support non-discrimination protections and seek to live in states that reflect the diversity and inclusion they value.” States such as North Carolina and Indiana have experienced economic impacts from anti-LGBTQ legislation that led to lost investment and economic development opportunities. Massachusetts cannot afford to make the same mistake by repealing its current law, which is why the coalition is urging people to get engaged in support of the “Vote Yes on 3” campaign this fall.

READ FFAM one pager

Roundtable Members Cover All the Bases during iRobot’s STEM Career Fair at Fenway Park
More than 250 students from area colleges and schools poured into Fenway Park to meet with a wide array of companies including a dozen Roundtable members to participate in the second annual STEM Career Fair hosted by iRobot. STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) education has been a long-time priority for the Roundtable and its member companies. Recruiters and HR professionals from MBR members such as State Street, Procter & Gamble, RSM, South Coast Health, National Grid, MITRE Corporation, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Verizon, Shawmut Design & Construction, Care Group/Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, General Dynamics, and iRobot provided information to students and young professionals interested in pursuing career opportunities in STEM fields. Through this unique partnership with Fenway Park, company representatives were granted access to the Red Sox game that evening, which turned out to be the team’s 100th victory of the season. Special thanks to all the Roundtable members who made this day a total home run! Editor’s Note: iRobot’s STEM Director Lisa Freed threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game—a perfect strike!

Roundtable & Workforce Solutions Group Team Up for Jobs Summit October 24th at Devens The Roundtable is teaming up with the Workforce Solutions Group again this year to host the 9th Annual Jobs & Workforce Development Summit on October 24th at Devens. This year’s Summit will highlight several Roundtable member organizations and executives serving on panels and as sponsors of the program including Google, Deloitte, Eastern Bank, Verizon, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology and the University of Massachusetts.

This year's theme, "Fast Forward: Preparing the Workforce of the Future" will put a spotlight on the skills needed to compete in a global economy, and how employers and policy makers can work together to meet talent needs. The Summit will highlight cutting edge education and program efforts that play a critical role in building family sustaining wages and our local and national economies. The 2018 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. In addition, we will also present the Workforce Champion Awards to the Employer of the Year, Legislator of the Year and the Youth Program of the Year.

REGISTER and learn more.

New Report from National Business Roundtable Highlights How Companies are Advancing Diversity & Inclusion Advancing diversity and inclusion is a top priority for Roundtable members across the Commonwealth and throughout the country. The national Business Roundtable released a report highlighting efforts at leading businesses to expand opportunities and address challenges in this area. The report features company profiles on more than 120 businesses nationwide including a dozen shared member organizations including AT&T, Cigna, Comcast, Dell Technologies, Deloitte, EY, GE, IBM, KPMG, PwC, Procter & Gamble and Raytheon.

The BRT report Advancing Diversity and Inclusion, shows how large U.S. companies are actively promoting diversity and inclusion. “In the report, more than 120 CEOs describe their work to expand opportunities for people of all backgrounds in their companies, supply chains and local communities. The report was announced in a joint statement from Alex Gorsky, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson and Chair of the Business Roundtable Corporate Governance Committee, and Representative Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). “Across the board, Business Roundtable companies are deeply committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace,” Gorsky said.

READ the report | VIEW the video of Gorsky introducing the report

MBR Sponsors STEM Summit November 14th in Worcester
Registration is now open for the Massachusetts STEM Summit 2018—Pipelines to Prosperity. Roundtable member companies will be featured again throughout this year’s STEM Summit, the premier STEM event in Massachusetts. Through panel presentations, exhibits, and networking, attendees will share stories and models of measurable success along the various stages of the pipeline. The November 14 Summit will once again provide a venue for learning and collaboration among educators, workforce professionals, business leaders, policymakers, and other active participants in the STEM movement.

The Summit continues to be 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. To receive 2018 Summit news and announcements including the call for session and exhibit proposals, attendee registration announcements, and more, sign up for email updates.


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

Berkshire Manufacturing Innovation Challenge
$25,000 equity-free prize money and 3 months of no-cost incubation
The Berkshire Manufacturing Innovation Challenge (BMIC) will award $25,000 of equity-free seed funding, along with four months of no-cost incubation and space, to the startup that presents the most scalable and investable manufacturing business model with application in the life sciences. Selected teams will have access to top leaders within the manufacturing and medical industries as mentors, one-on-one coaching from Lever staff, and intensive weekend workshops to help them accelerate their business. Applications are open and will be accepted through October 7th.

Roundtable Member Dell Hosts Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Panel with Mayor Marty Walsh at Mass Challenge
Submitted by MBR Intern Hailey Reed
Roundtable Chair Bob Rivers joined Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, female business leaders and entrepreneurs, and executives from Roundtable member Dell Technologies to highlight challenges and opportunities facing female entrepreneurs in Boston. Hosted by Mass Challenge, a startup accelerator, the event for the Dell Women Entrepreneurs Network highlighted the creative ways that women have found to break through the barriers they face and what local businesses are doing to aid female entrepreneurs. The panel also discussed action steps to ensure that women entrepreneurs gain increased access to capital, networks, and talent.


We Need Your Help—Survey on Work-Based Learning
Please share this survey with the appropriate member of your team to help us compile important data on work-based learning. The Business Higher Education Forum (BHEF) is partnering with NORC at the University of Chicago (NORC), an independent research organization, and Northeastern University on a research project to better understand how organizations are approaching work-based learning experiences in terms of talent identification—recruiting, training, and connecting work and learning.

This project is focusing on employers’ perspective on the definitions, use, value, and design principles currently utilized in work-based learning experiences, as well helping to understand and scope out what the future of work-based learning might look like, why and how different experiences are deployed, and what the returns are for employers. This work will serve to provide recommendations on how we get beyond definitional terms to really deepen the connections, value, and return on investment related to work-based learning. The research will lead to a playbook publication (fall 2018) that guides executives in their thinking, use, and development of programs that tie education, skills, and jobs. Sharing your feedback and experiences will be tremendously helpful for this research so we can tell a complete story about work-based learning.


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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.

TwitterWhat's News on Twitter

#InTheNews: Officials celebrate Roundtable member @Comcast ‘s broadband expansion in 9 rural Western Massachusetts towns. READ more

#InTheNews: Roundtable member @UMass has received a four-year, $2 million grant to carry out research that will help Springfield’s 33 elementary schools prepare students to understand and apply computer science and computational thinking. READ more

Roundtable Vice Chair Cathy Minehan kicks off fascinating CEO conversation with @VertexPharma Jeff Leiden, @CareDotCom Sheila Marcelo @smarcelo and @massmutual Roger Crandall discussing talent, demographics, investment & jobs @NACD_NE

#InTheNews: Roundtable member @MITREcorp has been awarded a $406 million cost reimbursement contract for its support to the Air Force as a National Security Engineering Center Federally-Funded Research and Development Center. READ more

#InTheNews: Roundtable member @UMass will launch a series of policy changes at the start of the upcoming school year to better address issues of sexual assault and sexual violence. READ more

#InTheNews: Roundtable member @iRobot announces the newest version of Roomba, a robotic vacuum remembers your home's layout for quicker cleaning.

#InTheNews: Roundtable member Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s investment in the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute has allowed them to open a test site aiming to boost the Marine Robotics Sector. READ more

#InTheNews: Roundtable member @LibertyMutual was honored with the Massachusetts Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Pro Patria Award READ more

Congratulations to fantastic Roundtable member @HillcrestEdCtrs for your continued work to strengthen communities! #mabiz

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In this issue
Roundtable Supports Yes on Question 3
Roundtable Members Cover All the Bases during iRobot’s STEM Career Fair at Fenway Park
Roundtable & Workforce Solutions Group Team Up for Jobs Summit October 24th at Devens
New Report from National Business Roundtable Highlights How Companies are Advancing Diversity & Inclusion
MBR Sponsors STEM Summit November 14th in Worcester
Going Around the Table
What's News on Twitter
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