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NOVEMBER 2020



Dear Roundtable Members,

As we prepare for Thanksgiving, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to Roundtable members across the state. Roundtable member companies employ more than 250,000 people representing a diverse range of industry sectors. Your leadership and commitment to the well-being of your employees and to the Commonwealth is an inspiration. Front line health care workers are keeping us healthy, technology sector workers are keeping us connected and life sciences workers are unlocking innovative vaccines and treatments for Covid-19.

This Thanksgiving, we are enormously grateful for the support of the Roundtable’s members, as well as our partners in state government, labor, non-profits, community-based groups, and the business community. We are all in this together.

Happy Thanksgiving!  

Best,
JD

Roundtable Convenes Task Forces to Develop Top Public Policy Principles & Priorities The Roundtable is convening its CEO and senior business leader members to develop a set of policy principles and priorities to guide MBR’s advocacy during the 2021-22 legislative session. MBR is a member-driven organization that engages its member companies, as well as subject-matter experts from members, to develop the organization’s policy agenda.

MBR is convening virtual conversations with task forces and ad hoc committees featuring leading voices in the following key priority areas:

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Education & Workforce Development
  • Energy
  • Health Care
  • Competitiveness
  • Transportation & Housing
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Innovation and Caregiving

If you or someone from your team is interested in participating in any of these Task Forces, please email Katelyn Hamilton.

Roundtable Open Forum Features Conversation with Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick

“Leaving things better for the ones that follow us is not a political statement but a life lesson we learn from our parents and grandparents.”
Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick

Just two weeks removed from an historic presidential election, the Roundtable partnered with MBR member Bill Kennedy at Nutter, McClennen & Fish for an Open Forum conversation with former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. During this unprecedented time when the country is facing two major crises—public health and racial equity—this timely conversation with Governor Patrick focused on what it means to be an American.

Governor Patrick has a remarkable American story, which began from a humble background and led to personal and professional success in law, business, and government. In 2006, he was elected as the first African American governor of Massachusetts and served two terms. Among the highlights from the conversation:

  • Emphasized that finding our way back to each other requires us to have a “democracy agenda” that focuses on making it easy and secure to vote, restoring the Voting Rights Act, addressing voter purging in states
  • Engaged in a discussion about common values in these uncommon times that form the bridge to each other for the first time, talking with regular people about their stories
  • Expressed that being an American today means making a personal commitment to civic ideals, there is strength in pursuing those ideals together
Noted that making education and health care consistently excellent, no matter what part of the country you live in, is critically important
WATCH the Webinar | LISTEN to Being American Podcast

Roundtable Welcomes New Member Gary Evee, Founder and CEO of Evee Security Consulting Group
The Roundtable is pleased to welcome a new member of the organization’s Board of Directors, Gary Evee, who is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Evee Security Consulting Group. The firm offers technology and digital transformation consulting services. Founded in Boston, Evee Consulting Group is a trusted advisory information technology partner specializing in digital, cybersecurity, technology staffing and advisory services.

“I’ve been inspired by MBR’s commitment to making Massachusetts, each and every day, a better place to work & live for every resident. I am honored to join the Roundtable’s Board of Directors and look forward to contributing to the organization’s continued growth and success and to build a strong economy for all.”
Evee is a 25-year information technology industry veteran. Most recently, he served as an executive inside of IBM’s Cybersecurity Business unit, during which time he led the sales, business development and go market functions for IBM’s mobile and financial services cybersecurity solutions. Before this, he was the Executive chief of staff for the General Manager of IBM Security, helping to lead the growth of IBM Security significantly faster than the overall security market to become the number one enterprise security provider in the world with almost $2B of annual revenue.

Evee has a proven track record of managing and scaling, new enterprises globally. Evee also held several leadership positions during his 22 years at IBM in the area of sales, business development and operations.

READ Full Biography

Massachusetts Family Caregiver Coalition Hosts Discussion on How Employers Support Caregivers in the Workplace
A group that includes Roundtable members, partners in state government and non-profit organizations, launched the new Massachusetts Caregiver Coalition in November 2019 to honor, recognize and support the needs of unpaid caregivers, who work in every industry sector across the Commonwealth. This innovative team of leading employers, advocates, and government partners committed to developing creative solutions and tools that enable family caregivers to continue to thrive in the workplace while also caring for family at home.

In the fifth webinar during the Covid-19 crisis, “Caring for the Caregiver: Why Employers Should Care,” highlighted nationwide data from Roundtable member EMD Serono and best practices shared by leaders from Sanofi, MIT, and American Eagle Outfitters.

MSNBC News anchor Richard Lui, Director of the new documentary film, Sky Blossom, which highlights teens caring for family with disabilities, was a featured guest during the webinar. The Caregiver Coalition includes leading voices from Cigna Health, EMD Serono, MassTech Collaborative, ARCHANGELS, Seniorlink, Care.com, and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

To learn more or to sign up to be part of the Coalition, please visit Massachusetts Caregiver Coalition.

LISTEN to Webinar Recording

MBR Presents Progress Report to Governor’s Council on Aging
When Governor Charlie Baker signed Executive Order 576 establishing the Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts, he set the state on a course to address the needs of the nation’s fastest growing population. The Council, which is Co-Chaired by Health & Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders and Eileen Connors includes Elder Affairs Secretary Elizabeth Chen and Roundtable member Tom Riley, CEO of Seniorlink. The goal of the Council is to promote healthy aging in Massachusetts, and to make the Commonwealth the most age-friendly state for people of all ages. 

MBR Executive Director JD Chesloff and Deputy Director Chris Kealey presented a progress report to the Council this month highlighting the work of the Massachusetts Caregiver Coalition, which was launched last year to engage employers across the state to support family caregivers in the workforce. MBR has collaborated with dozens of partners and leaders in the public and private sectors to highlight practical ways employers can support talented workers attempting to balance work and family caregiving responsibilities. With an increased focus on this delicate balance made more acute during the Covid-19 pandemic, employers are implementing Employee Resource Groups and providing support for workers

READ Age-Friendly Massachusetts Year One Progress Report

READ SCAN Foundation Report

READ How Innovative Community Responses to COVID-19 Support Healthy Aging


 

MBR Promotes Annual 2020 Mass. Black Expo to Member Companies
The annual 2020 Mass. Black Expo held earlier this month “brought together Black business owners and entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and Black communities of the entire African diaspora in Massachusetts.” One of the key goals of the event was to “connect black businesses from all industries in the Commonwealth with procurement opportunities in the private and public sectors.” The event featured plenary sessions and workshops and gave business owners the opportunity to showcase their goods and/or services to institutional decision-makers, procurement officers, and potential new customers. The event was organized by the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA) and supported by a variety of community partners and stakeholders. The Mass. Black Expo provided a great opportunity to interact with more than 50 black businesses and organizations. For more information, visit Mass. Black Expo.

 
Roundtable Members Commit to King Boston Initiative
Roundtable members including MFS Investment Management, Deloitte, and State Street are committing to donating to the King Boston Initiative. The mission of King Boston is to create a living memorial and programs honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King and their time and work together in Boston. The memorial is intended to inspire visitors to reflect on the values of social justice that both espoused, prompting each of us to consider how we can contribute to realizing an equitable and fair society. Roundtable members interested in learning more can click here: King Boston.
 
Get Konnected! Launches GK! Market
Colette Phillips and Get Konnected! have launched a free digital marketplace, GK! Market, aimed at promoting small businesses in the state, particularly those owned by people of color. The marketplace allows people to search for businesses that are certified as minority-owned, woman-owned, or veteran-owned and has a database of about 5,000 small businesses. Explore the market.
 
#RacismandtheEconomy Series Hosts Second Webinar Focused on Employment
"An inclusive economy is a productive economy. If we're all determined to give the next generation a better future, we have to have an inclusive economy. This is not an individual issue, this is a societal issue."
Mary Daly, President of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank

The second installment of the #RacismandtheEconomy webinar series hosted by the Minneapolis, Boston and Atlanta Federal Reserve Banks focused on issues related to occupational segregation, discriminatory practices, and employment law. Practitioners and private sector leaders discussed the overall practicality of, effectiveness of, and opportunities offered by the proposals to remove barriers to equity and improve employment outcomes for workers of color. Follow the series.

 


Roundtable Member PNC Bank Making a Difference in Communities


 

 
BRT on Covid-19 Relief
BRT on Workforce & Talent

BRT on Commitment to Employees & Communities

“This is a game changer. To have this collection of companies aggregated this way, and that it’s easy to search …it’s a true marketplace,” @MassEOHED Mike Kennealy describing the new platform launched by @ColettePhillips to connect with minority vendors. We agree! @BosBizJournal  READ more

“To help individuals and families manage through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, Business Roundtable supports additional resources for childcare providers to ensure greater access to affordable, quality care and early education.” READ more

Check out the interview below featuring Roundtable member Michael Carson  @HarvardPilgrim on NECN  READ more

Finally, all 100 of the state’s biggest publicly traded companies have at least one woman director READ article via @BostonGlobe

Great to see Roundtable members @followMFS @Carpowell7 Colleen Powell and @DeloitteUS @_KevinMcGovern supporting King Boston memorial and economic justice center—via @jonchesto @BostonGlobe #mabiz READ more

 

 

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