FEBRUARY 2019
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Executive Director's Message
Dear Members,

We have some exciting opportunities for Roundtable members in the months ahead to engage on policy issues including competitiveness, workforce talent, early education, transportation, and paid family leave. House Speaker Robert DeLeo, a leading voice on Beacon Hill for many of the Roundtable’s top priorities, will participate in a timely conversation with members during the March 21st Board meeting.

Special thanks to Education Secretary Jim Peyser for joining MBR’s Executive Committee meeting this month to discuss education reform, an issue of critical importance to the business community and one that will be debated extensively this legislative session.

Thank you to the Roundtable’s members for your continued support, engagement, and leadership.


Roundtable Participates in Jobs & Workforce Development Briefing with Legislative Leaders at the State House
The Roundtable participated in a special jobs and workforce development briefing with legislative leaders to highlight effective workforce training initiatives, career pathways, youth jobs, vocational technical education and other top priorities that support the expansion of the state’s talented workforce. The briefing at the State House included Representative Joseph Wagner, Assistant Majority Leader, Senator Jason Lewis, Chair of the Education Committee, as well as Senator Patricia Jehlen and Representative Paul Brodeur, Co-Chairs of the Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development. Representatives Carey, Ciccolo, Crocker, Hay, Haggerty, Hawkins, McKenna, Nguyen, and Robertson and key committee staff members also participated in the briefing.

“I have strong relationships with both the Business Roundtable and the AFL-CIO, and while we each have different perspectives, both of these organizations are terrific partners in helping to achieve our shared goal of building a robust Massachusetts economy with opportunities for all,” said Chairman Brodeur.

MBR is a member of the Workforce Solutions Group, a statewide advocacy coalition that includes EMPath, Mass. Communities Action Network, Mass. AFL-CIO, Mass. Workforce Association and SkillWorks. The Workforce Solutions Group highlighted the importance of regional sector-based job training that has fully committed employers and educators working together to ensure the training programs lead directly to job opportunities. Improving access to high quality vocational and technical education is also a major legislative priority as the state considers education reforms and funding formula changes this session.

Roundtable Working with Coalition of Business Groups to Address Transportation Challenges
The Roundtable is working with a coalition of leading business groups from across the state to address the top priority on the minds of business leaders from diverse industry sectors: transportation infrastructure. MBR is collaborating with the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Mass. Taxpayers Foundation, AIM, 1Berkshire, the Worcester Chamber and many others from across the state to develop a shared action agenda and increased sense of urgency to implement transportation solutions   

Employers are reacting to congestion and other transportation needs with creative solutions such as flexible schedules, hoteling, incentives to work remotely, and privately paid shuttle services. Of course, not all regions are experiencing transportation troubles in the same way. The Roundtable is advocating for transportation solutions that embrace the need for regional equity; support economic development and environmental sustainability goals; permanently adopt governance and management reforms; deploy new technologies; and, explore using pricing to influence behavior and new revenue options.

A safe, reliable transportation system is essential to enable communities across the state to thrive. In order to maximize economic growth and increase talent retention, the Commonwealth must continue to develop and enhance public policies to improve its transportation infrastructure. Transportation is also tied to other issues—housing, climate change, energy generation, workforce—which is why MBR believes that investing in transportation—roads, bridges, mass transit—is a key ingredient to strengthening the state’s economic competitiveness.

Roundtable Platform Offers Members Opportunities to Engage in Important Discussions
The Roundtable is expanding opportunities for its members and partnering with other organizations to strengthen MBR’s platform and advance its member-driven agenda.  The Roundtable’s March 21st Board meeting will feature a timely conversation with House Speaker Robert DeLeo on priorities for the new legislative session. MBR is teaming up with PricewaterhouseCoopers on March 6th to highlight the findings from PwC’s 22nd Annual Global CEO Survey of 1,378 chief executives in more than 90 territories on the top challenges to continued economic growth in 2019. PwC will share insights from global leaders in diverse industry sectors on a range of topics that are keeping CEOs up at night, including the shortage of skilled workers, public policy uncertainty, trade conflicts and cyber threats. On April 5th, the Roundtable and the New England Council are developing a special event in coordination with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission and Moon Landing. The event will include keynote speaker and moderator Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History at Rice University, author of “American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race,” the Presidential Historian at CNN and contributing editor at Vanity Fair. It will also feature a leading panel of experts from diverse fields including several Roundtable members. The Roundtable is also working on major events regarding issues that are priorities to our members, such as the “Future of Work” and transportation infrastructure and congestion.

Roundtable Welcomes New Member Mary Anne Heino, CEO, Lantheus Medical Imaging
The Roundtable is pleased to welcome its newest member, Mary Anne Heino, President and CEO, Lantheus Medical Imaging based in Billerica. Mary Anne has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc. and a Director of Lantheus Holdings, Inc. since August 2015. She previously served as Chief Operating Officer, a position she held since March 2015, and Chief Commercial Officer, a position she held since joining Lantheus in April 2013. Ms. Heino brings 30 years of diverse pharmaceutical industry experience to Lantheus.

Prior to joining Lantheus, Ms. Heino led Angelini Labopharm LLC and Labopharm USA in the roles of President and Senior Vice President of World Wide Sales and Marketing from February 2007 to March 2012. From May 2000 until February 2007, Ms. Heino served in numerous capacities at Centocor, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Company, including Vice President Strategic Planning and Competitive Intelligence, Vice President Sales, Executive Director Customer Relationship Management and Senior Director Immunology Marketing. Ms. Heino began her professional career with Janssen Pharmaceutica as a Sales Representative in June 1989 and worked her way up to the role of Field Sales Director in 1999.

Ms. Heino received her Master’s in Business Administration from the Stern School of Business at New York University. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the City University of New York and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

National Business Roundtable Highlights Importance of Investing in Infrastructure
The national Business Roundtable recently released an economic analysis showing that “a significant reinvestment in U.S. public infrastructure systems would create 34,000 additional new Massachusetts jobs over the next decade and add $2,000 in disposable income for the average Massachusetts household every year for 20 years.”

Transportation infrastructure is a top priority issue for CEOs and senior executives advocating in Washington, DC and in state capitals across the country. The BRT report noted that “a modern infrastructure system is key to unleashing the full productive potential of the U.S. economy. In recent years, however, public-sector investment in infrastructure has not kept pace with the dynamism, innovation and growth elsewhere in the U.S. economy.” The study quantifies and make the case for the benefits of taking action to reverse this trend.

READ Massachusetts Fact Sheet

Legislature Names Committee Chairs for 2019-20 Session

Congratulations to the members of the House and Senate on being appointed to serve in leadership roles during the 2019-20 legislative session. Senate President Karen Spilka tapped Senator Michael Rodrigues and House Speaker Robert DeLeo tapped Representative Aaron Michlewitz to serve as Chairs of the influential Joint Committee on Ways & Means. Senator Rodrigues, who most recently served as Senate Majority Whip, spoke with Roundtable members on a range of policy priorities during MBR’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Boston.

VIEW Full List of House and Senate Leadership from ML Strategies

Passing of MBR Founding Member Harold Hestnes
As the Roundtable nears its 40th anniversary, it is with great sadness that the business community and the entire Commonwealth mourns the loss of former MBR Secretary and a founding member of the organization, Harold Hestnes, who passed away last month. A prolific storyteller, brilliant attorney and highly-dedicated civic and business leader, Harold regularly participated and contributed on the most pressing public issues facing the state and the nation. The Roundtable expresses its condolences to Harold’s family and friends. His kindness, generosity and many contributions will long be remembered. READ Harold's obituary and online memorial.

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

February 28th is Rare Disease Day, a day to recognize and raise awareness about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives
Today and every day, Takeda is proud to stand with the millions of people affected by rare diseases and to help build awareness of rare diseases worldwide.  We are inspired by those individuals with rare diseases and are committed to bringing them new hope towards earlier and more accurate diagnosis.  We are working with the rare disease community and the best minds in the field on timely and accurate diagnosis.

Together with Microsoft and EURORDIS-Rare Disease Europe, Takeda is leading the Global Commission to End the Diagnosis Odyssey for Children with a Rare Disease. For the past year, the Global Commission has been working to develop recommendations to address the barriers to diagnosis for people living with a rare disease.  On February 20th, the Global Commission released its recommendations in a report available to the public.  The recommendations include an actionable roadmap that harnesses technology to shorten the journey to accurate diagnosis. The roadmap focuses on empowering patients to navigate the healthcare system more effectively, improving primary care physician ability to diagnose and refer patients and reimagining the genetic consultation.

At Takeda, we are championing people with rare diseases every step of the way, and our ambition is a bold but simple one: to help people living with rare diseases to live better lives.

Eversource Makes $225 Million Offshore Wind Play
Eversource has agreed to pay $225 million for a 50 percent interest in two Ørsted offshore wind projects and 257 square miles encompassing two lease areas off the coasts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The two companies announced the deal Friday, with Eversource buying into Ørsted's 700-megawatt Revolution Wind project servicing Rhode Island and Connecticut and its 130-megawatt South Fork Wind Farms project servicing Long Island, New York. Ørsted acquired the two projects and the lease areas in November when it acquired Deepwater Wind. The deal also builds on a 50-50 partnership between the companies on Bay State Wind, a partnership that Orsted and Eversource announced in December 2016. The Baker administration and utilities in May 2018 chose Vineyard Wind, a project backed by a Danish fund management company, to build an 800-megawatt offshore wind farm off the southern coast of Martha's Vineyard. The Bay State Wind project was among the projects that competed in that offshore wind derby. "Offshore wind will provide a growing and critical source of zero-carbon energy in a region with very aggressive carbon reduction and renewable energy goals," Eversource Executive Vice President Lee Olivier said in a statement. "This transaction solidifies our partnership as the strongest developer of offshore wind in the Northeast and is consistent with Eversource’s efforts to be a key catalyst for clean energy development in our region." Eversource transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas and supplies water to 4 million customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. –Michael P. Norton/SHNS

Roundtable Member RSM Investing in the Community #BusinessIsGood
RSM recently handed out over $250,000 to three much-deserving Charlestown organizations and that didn’t go unnoticed in the community! Over the past three years, through our Boston Foundation and Birdies Fore Love, RSM has given out over $700,000 to Charlestown organizations and had an impact on so many people in this community. From the kids who have benefitted from RSM’s Birdies Fore Love grants, to the teachers who received their first-day of school RSM tote, to the veterans who have learned to cook in RSM’s kitchen! RSM is excited to continue to build its relationship with the Charlestown community and expand its impact to even more organizations! READ the article recently published in the Charlestown Patriot-Bridge.


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New England-Canada Business Council Welcomes Peter MacKay Speaking on Canadian/U.S. Relationship
In partnership with Acadia University, the New England-Canada Business Council welcomes Peter MacKay, PC, QC (Privy Council and Queen's Counsel) former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, for a discussion on the Canadian/U.S. Relationship and Fractured Geopolitics in the 21st Century: Personal Reflections. RSVP online.

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

Thanks to all our members and partner organizations for making 2018 such a success! Check out a recap of the year in our annual report.

Congratulations to @MassBio Legislator of the Year Chairman Joseph Wagner of Chicopee, who led the way on recapitalizing the @MALifeSciences Center. A terrific choice!

Great to join Roundtable member @TakedaPharma and our good friends @MassBio for this important discussion on ways to spur innovation for patients #mabiz

Great to see the strong support from Roundtable member and global life sciences leader @VertexPharma for the @MassBio Policy Breakfast. #mabiz

Check out this new #innovation report from @BizRoundtable!

Thoughtful, comprehensive proposals by @MassGovernor on education reform. Business leaders cite education and workforce as a top policy priority and look forward to engaging productively with public leaders and advocates on this issue. @MassEducation @JimPeyser VIEW full

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In this issue
Roundtable Participates in Jobs & Workforce Development Briefing with Legislative Leaders at the State House
Roundtable Working with Coalition of Business Groups to Address Transportation Challenges
Roundtable Platform Offers Members Opportunities to Engage in Important Discussions
Roundtable Welcomes New Member Mary Anne Heino, CEO, Lantheus Medical Imaging
National Business Roundtable Highlights Importance of Investing in Infrastructure
Legislature Names Committee Chairs for 2019-20 Session
Passing of MBR Founding Member Harold Hestnes
Going Around the Table
What's News on Twitter
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