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Alliance Launches New Brown Bag Lunch Series

The Alliance for Business Leadership was pleased to host the first of a new Think Tank Brown Bag Lunch series of lunchtime working sessions with leading policymakers to dig deep on current public policy issues in Massachusetts.

The first ABL Think Tank Brown Bag Lunch was held Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 12:00-1:00pm ET at William Gallagher Associates in Boston, MA.

Two dozen participants discussed the graduated income tax with:
Noah Berger, President, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center
• FayeRuth Fisher, Political Director, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
Harris Gruman, Executive Director, SEIU Massachusetts State Council

We look forward to the next Think Tank Lunch, to be announced soon!
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140 Top Business Leaders Agree on Clearing the Path for Women

At MIT on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, Boston business leaders from the banking, tech, service, biomedical, and many other sectors agreed that the time has come for action on closing the gender wage gap, and increasing the number of women on boards.

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Jim Roosevelt, CEO,
Tufts Health Plan

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Trish Karter, Founder, LightEffect Farms

Alliance leaders Jim Roosevelt, CEO of Tufts Health Plan, and Trish Karter, Founder of LightEffect Farms, welcomed a broad cross-section of Boston-area CEOs to Clearing the Path, an invitation-only event sponsored by Alliance for Business Leadership.  Karter and Roosevelt invited attendees to use their influence to jump-start action in the arenas where they lead.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Professor, Harvard Business School

Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter of Harvard Business School provided a compelling review of the evidence that business organizations with women on their boards, and where the pay gap has largely been closed, have a competitive advantage in today's global economy.

Betsy Myers, Director, Center for Women and Business

Betsy Myers, Director, Center for Women and Business

But most of the time was reserved for a no-holds-barred discussion led by Betsy Myers, Founding Director of the Center for Women and Business at Bentley University. Contributors shared their experience, frustrations, and accomplishments in the long road to gender equality in the workplace.  One discussant summed up the state of affairs this way: "We're not where we used to be, but we aren't where we're going, either."

Participants shared stories and experiences that reflected both the difficulty and the do-ability of meeting these challenges.  Many best practices were called out by CEOs who had used them with success.

The energy in the room  will give new impetus to the many organizations (click here) which are already working in this area and which have many successes to share, as well as challenges to meet.  While Clearing the Path is not another new organization, the Alliance for Business Leadership will follow up on the conversation and check on progress at its Eighth Annual Fall CEO Summit, "Sustainable Business: Growing Markets, Growing Margins," on October 22nd.
Alliance Leaders at the ABL June 11th event stand up to show their commitment to Clearing the Path for Women in Business.

Alliance Featured News

Mermell, Jesse

Jesse Mermell joins the Alliance for Business Leadership as Executive Director

The Alliance for Business Leadership is pleased to announce that Jesse Mermell has been named as the organization's Executive Director. She joins the Alliance on February 2, 2015. Philip Edmundson, Chair, announced that “the Alliance for Business Leadership, building on its most successful policy year ever in 2014, is pleased to announce an investment in expanding the impact of its mission by hiring Jesse Mermell as its new Executive Director.  Jesse brings policy experience, organizational expertise and a passion for our Alliance.  We are pleased to welcome her as our new leader.” "Leading the Alliance is an honor," said Mermell. "This organization is uniquely positioned to play a key role in the conversation about the collective future of our state and our nation, with its clear and powerful message that economic growth and social justice go hand in hand. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work with a community of business leaders committed to creating prosperity for all, and I can't wait to get to work." Mermell is the former Communications Director for Governor Deval L. Patrick. She was responsible for communications strategy for the Patrick Administration, and served on the Governor's senior leadership team. Her previous roles include State Director of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, VP for External Affairs at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus. An … [Read More...]

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Alliance Launches First Think Tank Lunch

The Alliance for Business Leadership was pleased to host the first of a new Think Tank Brown Bag Lunch series of lunchtime working sessions with leading policymakers to dig deep on current public policy issues in Massachusetts. The first ABL Think Tank Brown Bag Lunch was held Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 12:00-1:00pm ET at […]

Bussgang, Jeff

The Global Entrepreneur In Residence Program: An Engine for Economic Growth in Massachusetts

By Jeff Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners I am passionate about the issue of immigration reform.  In my role as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and business school professor, I have watched our dysfunctional immigration system turn away the best and brightest from creating jobs and wealth in America. Two years ago, I had the […]

Jeff Kushner, Partner, Social Venture Partners

Five Impediments to a Booming Social Impact Investment Market

by: Jeff Kushner, Partner, Social Venture Partners A few weeks ago I had the privilege of helping to lead the Alliance for Business Leadership’s discussion of “Sustainable Investing” at the Alliance’s 8th annual Fall CEO Summit. It was a lively discussion that has prompted the development of an Alliance for Business Leadership Task Force on Social […]

Zaurie Zimmerman

A Revenue-Neutral Approach to Pricing Carbon in Massachusetts

A Revenue-Neutral Approach to Pricing Carbon in Massachusetts Leading innovation CEOs, investors and entrepreneurs participated in the Alliance for Business Leadership’s 8th annual CEO Summit on Sustainable Business in Boston on October 22nd.  Pricing carbon at a state level, similar to a policy implemented in British Columbia with the support of the business community there, […]

Norm Gorin

Health & Wellness: Vital to Employee Engagement

By: Norm Gorin (norm@theidiet.com), CEO of Instinct Health Science, Inc.- a Weston, MA based workplace wellness company. At the Alliance’s Fall CEO Summit, participants began a conversation about Sustainably Engaged Employees.  Critical to this topic is how employers can efficiently help advance the health and wellbeing of employees.  One particular opportunity for employers to help employees in a manner that […]

Mari Ryan

Sustainable Business Practices: Got Engaged Employees?

By: Mari Ryan, MBA, MHP, CEO of AdvancingWellness- a Watertown, MA based workplace health promotion and well-being consulting firm. At the Alliance for Business Leadership’s Fall CEO Summit on Sustainable Business, we began the conversation about the benefits of a sustainably engaged workforce and links to well-being. The theme of this year’s Summit was Growing […]

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Earned Sick Time Wins with The Alliance’s Business Leadership

Following the Governor of Massachusetts signing the highest minimum wage in the nation into law in June,  Bay State voters endorsed a state-wide minimum for Earned Sick Time as “Yes on Question 4″ prevailed Tuesday.  The Alliance for Business Leadership was one of the few business organizations that publicly supported increasing the state minimum wage and was even more unusual […]

Alliance for Business Leadership: “No On Question One” in MA

This Halloween it is scary to think what a yes on Question One on the Massachusetts ballot Tuesday would mean. The Alliance for Business Leadership’s Board of Directors has resolved to publicly endorse “No on Question One”. The Alliance joins dozens of other cross-sector business and civic groups in concluding it must publicly reject the […]

Andrew Winston, author of The Big Pivot, Green to Gold, and Green Recovery, served as keynote for the fall CEO Summit.

CEO Summit on Sustainable Business Launches Collaborations

Innovation-focused CEOs and investors across the professional services, technology, life sciences and advanced energy sectors came together through The Alliance For Business Leadership’s CEO Summit on Sustainable Business; Growing Margins, Growing Markets at the Harvard Club in Boston October 22nd. Guided by global thought leaders, engaged by top national policy-makers, and inspired by top innovation CEOs […]

Winston, Andrew

Andrew Winston to Keynote CEO Summit Oct. 22nd in Boston

The Alliance for Business Leadership is pleased to announce that Andrew Winston, a global thought leader and business strategist, will keynote the Alliance’s CEO Summit on Sustainable Business at the Harvard Club in Boston’s Back Bay October 22nd 8:30 to 3pm. Andrew Winston is a globally recognized expert on how companies can navigate and profit […]