DECEMBER 2018
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Executive Director's Message
Dear Members,

As 2018 draws to a close, I want to offer my sincere thanks to all our partners in government, higher education, non-profit organizations and the business community for your collaboration on issues of importance to the Commonwealth.

I also want to thank the leadership and individual members of the Roundtable for your unwavering commitment, expertise and support throughout the year. We look forward to another great year ahead as we work with you to make Massachusetts a great place to live and work.

Happy Holidays!


Roundtable Board Meeting Addresses Impact of AI & Robotics on the Current & Future Workforce

Roundtable Vice Chair Cathy Minehan moderated a panel discussion that included Sandi Fenwick, CEO of Children’s Hospital, Deepika Bhayana, Senior Information Technology Director at Dell Technologies and UMass Chancellor Robert Johnson highlighting the challenges for higher education and the K-12 system to prepare students with both technical skills in science, technology, engineering and math, as well as skills such as empathy and communications.

Roundtable member and UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Dr. Robert Johnson said that his job is to prepare students for jobs that do not yet exist in industries that have yet to be created. During a wide ranging conversation with Roundtable members about the impact of disruptive technologies, artificial intelligence and robotics on the current and future workforce, members addressed public policy challenges, education and workforce training needs, as well as short- and long-term solutions for both workers and employers.

Roundtable members are concerned about the displacement of workers in a variety of industries due to new technologies, however, they also emphasize that the talent shortage and demographic changes require the continued adoption of AI and robotics to ensure that companies remain competitive in the global economy.

The talent of the state’s workforce remains as a top public policy priority driving the Roundtable’s engagement in education and workforce development initiatives across the state.

Roundtable Joins Massachusetts Employer Health Coalition for Kickoff Event at the UMass Club
Right place. Right time. Right price. That is the goal of a new employer-led coalition that seeks to improve patient outcomes while reducing costs in the health care system. The new Massachusetts Employer Health Coalition teamed up with the Health Policy Commission for a kickoff event this month before a capacity crowd at the UMass Club in Boston. The Coalition is focused on improving appropriate use of the emergency department to reduce avoidable use by 20% over two years to save approximately $100 million. Access to top quality affordable healthcare remains a major policy priority for the Roundtable.

The new Coalition “seeks to use our collective influence to uncover solutions that drive real change in the health care delivery system and reduce costs.” The Coalition continues to work collaboratively with other important health care stakeholders including health plans, hospitals, physicians, consumer advocates, labor unions, government agencies, and community organization.

EMPLOYEE Resources   |   READ more about membership

WATCH the Kick Off Event   |   LEARN more about the Coalition

Roundtable Member Policy Survey: Education
The Roundtable is partnering with business associations across the Commonwealth and the MassINC Polling Group to survey employers about the state’s public education system. This is the third in a series of surveys that have occurred every other year since 2014. The results have informed the business community’s policy and advocacy work on education and workforce development issues, and will continue to provide guidance in the coming legislative session. We encourage all Roundtable member organizations to take this ten minute survey. Click here to take the survey.

If you have questions or comments about the survey, please contact Chris Kealey at the Roundtable or Rich Parr at The MassINC Polling Group

Last Call for Applications: Berkshire Health Technology Challenge
The Roundtable and its partner Lever Inc, are proud to promote “The Berkshire Health Technology Challenge,” which will award $25,000 of “equity-free seed funding to the startup that presents the most scalable and investable business model based on health technology. The funded startup will be incubated at Lever for four months at no cost. Lever will provide access to top leaders within the health and technology industries as mentors, one-on-one coaching, and intensive weekend workshops.”

The deadline for applications is January 2, 2019. Selected applicants will be invited to Lever to present their idea and answer questions from a panel of evaluators. Four finalists will be selected to advance and attend three Saturday workshops in preparation for the final pitch competition on March 28th. Workshops will be structured around Lean Startup methodology and facilitate one-on-one mentoring with challenge mentors. For more information, visit online.

Roundtable Announces Dates for 2019 Board Meeting
The Roundtable Board of Directors meets quarterly to address key public policy priorities established by the members. The meetings also provide an opportunity to engage in conversations with public leaders to advance our shared goals in areas such as health care, transportation, education & workforce development, energy, and competitiveness.

Board Meeting
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Noon–1:30 p.m.

Annual Meeting
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
8:30–10:00 a.m.


Board Meeting
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Noon–1:30 p.m.

Board Meeting
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
8:30–10:00 a.m.

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

Roundtable Member Rockland Trust Opens New Branch in Downtown Boston
Congratulations to Roundtable member Rockland Trust, which celebrated the grand opening of its first retail branch in downtown Boston this morning at 93 Franklin Street with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The branch’s Financial District location and its proximity to retail businesses in Downtown Crossing will allow customers who work in the area to visit the branch on their lunch break or during their commute.

“We are thrilled to expand our service in Boston with the opening of our branch just steps away from Downtown Crossing,” said Christopher Oddleifson, Chief Executive Officer of Rockland Trust in a release. “We look forward to continuing to build on our long-standing relationships with Boston customers in a prime location for those who work in the neighborhood or are visiting nearby businesses.”

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.

TwitterTweets you may have missed

Roundtable member @RocklandTrust is excited to announce the opening of their new Boston branch on 93 Franklin Street on 12/14! Stop by on Fridays through the end of January for events and giveaways! #WhereEachRelationshipMatters

#InTheNews: Roundtable member @Shawmut_Builds announced that they are partnering with Wentworth Institute of Technology in establishing a scholarship for women & underrepresented students pursuing degrees in construction and engineering. READ more.

Congressman @RepRichardNeal highlights an important priority for the next year: transportation infrastructure, noting that the country is falling behind in its investment @NECouncil

MBR Vice Chair Cathy Minehan opens the @BostonWomenWork Council Effective Practice Conference. MBR is proud to be a 100% Talent Compact Signer, and thank you @marty_walsh for your leadership. #advancingwomen

#InTheNews: Roundtable member @Consigli1905 has announced Mary Mahany as their new project executive. Mahany will be responsible for team management and delivery of projects from preconstruction to closeout.

The Massachusetts Employer Health Coalition is focused on improving appropriate use of the emergency department to reduce avoidable use by 20% over two years to save approximately $100 million #rightcare4you

#InTheNews: Roundtable members @Northeastern and @SuffolkBuilds formed a partnership-the Digital, Analytics, Technology, and Automation initiative- in which NU students & faculty develop data-based solutions to help businesses.

The Roundtable is pleased to welcome several new followers on Twitter. Please consider following them.

KPMG U.S. News  @KPMGUS_News 
Early Learning Nation   @ELNation
Mass. Executive Office of Elder Affairs   @Mass_EOEA 
MHAC  @mahealthyaging 
Tania Del Rio  @TaniaDelRioS 
Chestnut Hill Realty  @CHRapartments 

In this issue
Roundtable Board Meeting Addresses Impact of AI & Robotics on the Current & Future Workforce
Roundtable Joins Massachusetts Employer Health Coalition for Kickoff Event at the UMass Club
Roundtable Member Policy Survey: Education
Last Call for Applications: Berkshire Health Technology Challenge
Roundtable Announces Dates for 2019 Board Meetings
Going Around the Table
What's News on Twitter
Upcoming events

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