Quarterly Policy Roundup: Q3 2021

The Roundtable is focused on seven priorities as part of the 2021 – 22 Legislative Session. There’s lots of progress underway and more to come, and we look forward to further engagement among members, policy makers, and the broader business community to support these priorities. As a reflection of our mission and underscored by our members, the Roundtable approaches our…

Reflections from MBR Summer Fellow, Rebecca Yemo

Rebecca Yemo is a PhD student at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and joined the Roundtable as a summer fellow through the UMass Boston Civic Action Project (CAP). Below are reflections from Rebecca’s summer fellowship experience, in her own words. The past 10 weeks have been nothing short of educative, inspiring, and an all-round pleasant experience working with the Massachusetts…

Open Forum Roundup: Creating Pathways to College & Career

Increasing opportunity pathways is at the center of the Roundtable’s advocacy for improved education and workforce development public policy and a key priority for the Roundtable during the 2021-22 Legislative Session. As part of this focus, the Roundtable convened an Open Forum to receive an overview from the state leaders behind the Commonwealth’s Early College High School (ECHS) program. ECHS…

Survey of Massachusetts Business Roundtable Members Provides More Insight on Post-Pandemic Planning Among Large Employers

The Massachusetts Business Roundtable (MBR) today released findings following a survey of its members, providing the latest insight on post-pandemic plans among large employers in the Commonwealth. Most notably, 79% of responding MBR members forecast using a hybrid working model postpandemic; by contrast, 90% of responding members maintained all or mostly in-person operations prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, representing a…

Roundtable Convenes Open Forum, and AAPI Community Reflects on Increased Hate Crimes and History of Racism

As part of the Roundtable’s bi-weekly Open Forum series for member companies, the Roundtable convened a session dedicated to understanding the pervasive and deep-rooted discrimination the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has faced for centuries. Following an emotional presentation by Dr. Paul Watanabe, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for Asian America Studies at UMass…

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