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Eighth Annual CEO Summit October 22, 2014 - Learn More

Eighth Annual Fall CEO Summit – Sustainable Business: Growing Margins, Growing Markets

Join leading CEOs, entrepreneurs and investors along with top city, state and national policy-makers in Boston October 22nd. The CEO Summit on Sustainable Business will examine how New England and the U.S. can lead the world in the move towards more sustainable high performance in business. This peer-to-peer CEO Summit will once again bring together scores of leading innovation CEOs and investorsacross sectors and the public-private divide to begin collaborations focused on the Sustainable Strategies, Investments, Practices, Products & Policies that can empower businesses of all sizes and our region and nation to lead the global move to more sustainable business.

Tickets for invited guests will be $1195.

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140 Top Business Leaders Agree on Clearing the Path for Women

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Jim Roosevelt, CEO, Tufts Health Plan

Gathering at MIT on Wednesday, June 11, 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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Trish Karter, Co-founder, Dancing Deer Baking Company

Alliance leaders Jim Roosevelt, CEO of Tufts Health Plan, and Trish Karter, Co-founder of Dancing Dear Baking Company, 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.

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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 Alliance will follow up on the conversation by compiling the best practices mentioned and making them available to all who are looking for the best way forward.

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.


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Boston Globe Endorses MA Earned Sick Time Initiative

The Alliance for Business Leadership is pleased the Boston Globe endorsed “Yes” on Question 4 on the Massachusetts ballot, which concerns an initiative to create a state-wide minimum for Earned Sick Time. The Globe’s endorsement cites support from “some business groups” and that certainly includes The Alliance for Business Leadership. Alliance Leaders have worked to spearhead the business community’s efforts on this initiative to help employees attend to their own health, avoid coming in to work sick, and to meet their responsibilities to others – without losing their jobs. The Alliance’s support also helps level the playing field for employers who already provide Earned Sick Time. The Boston Globe Editorial Board has made clear they agree that this minimum state-wide standard would help advance the Commonwealth’s greatest competitive advantage – the hard to match Bay State workforce.  Please click here for more information.

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Trish Karter, Founder, Light Effect Farms

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The Alliance in London: New Partnership with United Kingdom

In London September 16th, U.S. based Shorelight Education announced a new partnership with Bath Spa University in the United Kingdom to create the “Massachusetts Community College Challenge” that will provide Bay State community college students with a full tuition scholarship and airfare to attend a new School of Business & Entrepreneurship created through the path-making partnership […]

Business Leaders Seek to Raise Up Massachusetts

The Alliance for Business Leadership’s Board of Directors has resolved to support the Earned Sick Time initiative on ballot in Massachusetts this November as Question 4. It is all too rare for contemporary American business leaders and the associations that represent them to step forward publically to support initiatives for higher standards and greater shared responsibility.  This, […]

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Shereen Shermak and Launch Angels Open Up the Venture Capital World

A new kind of venture capital approach is opening doors for entrepreneurs who might stand little chance of being funded under the old system, says Alliance leader Shereen Shermak, CEO of Launch Angels Inc. “Regulatory changes now allow smaller venture capital firms to market products more generally and broadly,” Shermak explains. “Now different folks are […]

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Alliance Leadership on Winning an Increased Minimum Wage

Alliance Chair Phil Edmundson, CEO of William Gallagher Associates, addressed the crowd of activists, labor leaders, and legislators who assembled for the signing of Massachusetts’ new minimum wage law by Governor Deval Patrick on Jude 26. If no other state steps forward to do the right thing, by 2017 Massachusetts will have the highest state […]

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Massachusetts to Set Highest State Minimum Wage in the Nation

With the passage of the bill raising the minimum wage in Massachusetts to $11.00 per hour over the next few years, Massachusetts will set the highest state minimum wage in the nation, and also set the stage for more rapid economic growth based on shared prosperity.  Governor Patrick plans to sign the bill this week, […]


Growth Economy Leaders for Higher Standards: New Allies, Sharpened Focus & Enhanced Ability to Assist

by Jim Boyle, President, Alliance for Business Leadership, and CEO, Sustainability Roundtable Two weeks ago a select group of about three dozen Alliance Leaders made the trip to Washington DC with the message that “Growth Economy Leaders” (those regularly adding terrific jobs with a future in the U.S.) are committed to supporting higher standards in workforce development, a cleaner economy, and improving health […]


American Business Leaders Must Lead Publicly on Climate Change

As the EPA prepares, after years of delay, to issue regulations on carbon pollution required by the Supreme Court to enforce the Clean Air Act, the need for business leadership in advocating for effective action on climate change has never been greater. The hour is late, and the challenge daunting. The Alliance has been educating business leaders, […]

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Clearing the Path: Gender Parity in Pay, and More Women on Corporate Boards

Who will lead the nation on advancing women’s role in the workplace?  There’s no debate about whether we should move forward, or even how to do it. Yet, nationally, the number of women Directors on Boards and the size of the gender wage gap are essentially unmoved.  Can a critical mass of CEO’s and leaders create a tipping point […]