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T’s Mess Bad for Business

Boston Herald, Letters to the Editor, 11/8/16 Welcome to Boston, GE! The news about the MBTA’s recent Orange Line fiasco (Smoldering Orange Line car comes amid T’s slow spending 10/27/16), brought to mind General Electric’s recent high-profile move to Boston. Images of terrified passengers climbing out of train windows were featured in newscasts across the […]

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Watertown Brewer Wins Sam Adams ‘Experienceship’

Wicked Local Watertown, Lifestyle, 10/12/16 Brazo Fuerte Artisanal Ale has been having its beer brewed by another brewery since they began distributing last year. Owner Bev Armstrong of Watertown said she hopes to open a brewery in taproom, preferably in Watertown. On Saturday, Samuel Adams selected Armstrong and Brazo Fuerte as the winner of the […]

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Now “That’s Called Business”: Five People Who Taught Me True Business Leadership

LinkedIn, 10/4/16 We heard a point of view at last week’s presidential debate that suggested business is more of a zero-sum game where players create value for themselves by taking advantage of people, loopholes and the misfortune of others. “That’s called business” was the quote, and it runs counter to what so many people whom […]

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State Can Lead the Way With Innovation for a Warming World

Boston Globe, Opinion, 10/1/16 A CAREER in the private sector, both as a corporate executive and as an entrepreneur, has taught me a few things. Jeffrey D. Sachs’s Sept. 26 op-ed “Play the long game on infrastructure” reminded me of two key lessons. First, spend money to make money. As Sachs points out, throughout American […]

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Tech for Two

Boston Magazine, Business, 9/29/16 How does Boston stack up against Silicon Valley? What are local tech’s triumphs, challenges, and reasons for hope? Two members of the BT30—venture capitalist Jeff Bussgang and entrepreneur Jennifer Lum—sat down to dish about the scene. Boston magazine: If I asked you to describe, in a word or two, the Boston […]

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Powerful Lobby Does Not Speak for Entire Mass. Business Community

The Boston Globe, Opinion, 9/23/16 ASSOCIATED INDUSTRIES of Massachusetts certainly has a significant presence on Beacon Hill (“Business lobby shows its clout,” Page A1, Sept. 20, 2016). However, AIM does not speak for the entire business community. Over the course of the Legislature’s 2015-2016 session, dozens of business owners came to the State House to […]

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Transgender Accommodations Law is Good for The Business Community

Boston Business Journal, Opinion, 9/23/16 

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Why We Need To Be Like NYC

Blue Mass Group, 9/15/16 I’m a Massachusetts native. I’ve lived here my whole life. So it pains me to say that New York is getting something right, and we’re fumbling the ball. Last week The New York Times featured a piece about the ambitious plan that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled earlier […]

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Drought is Bad for Business

Jamaica Plain Gazette, Opinion, 9/9/16 All of the patches of brown grass around Jamaica Plain have got me worried. Worried about our businesses. Yes, our businesses. This summer we have seen record rainfall lows and temperature highs. Thanks to climate change, our entire region is in a serious drought. As detrimental as that has been to […]

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Groups Add to Push for Late-Night MBTA

Boston Neighborhood Network, 9/2/16 Kirstie Pecci of MASSPIRG and Sebastian Zapata of The Alliance for Business Leadership talk about the growing number of organizations asking for restoration of some form of late-night weekend service on the MBTA.

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Alliance Board Member Talks Equal Pay Law

The Bloomberg Baystate Business Hour, 9/2/16 Bloomberg Boston Bureau Chief Tom Moroney and Radio News Anchor Anne Mostue are joined by top names from local business and finance to medicine and politics, along with Bloomberg reporters covering the latest stories in and around Boston. This week, Anne Mostue talks with Bloomberg Reporter Charlie Stein on […]

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At Work, What’s The Right Way To Say No?

HuffingtonPost, Contributor, 9/1/16 Saying no is one of the hardest things I had to learn how to do. While being busy makes us feel crazy, it also makes us feel important. Very important. So we talk about how many emails we receive each day – the more we get the more important we are. Then […]

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Foreclosure Crisis Worsens in Massachusetts, Spurring Cries of State Inaction

MassLive, 8/24/16 The effects of the Great Recession may be receding, but many Massachusetts homeowners remain underwater. The number of foreclosures is rising, and that trend is expected to continue. The reason, experts say, is a backlog of old foreclosures that were stalled due to a state law that are only now proceeding. But advocates for homeowners […]

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Climate Change Threatens the Economy, Too

Boston Globe, Letters, 8/22/16 IT WAS impossible to read about record-breaking heat (“Scientists call last month warmest on record, sound a warning,” A1, Aug. 17) and the deadly Louisiana floods (“As floodwaters recede, disbelief mixes with determination,” Nation, Aug. 18) without asking if we’re doing enough here in Massachusetts to address a pressing business issue: […]

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Terrorism Only Works on Nations That Aren’t Ready for It

The Atlantic, 8/12/16 This is the fundamental question of the nearly 15 years since the terrorist attacks on 9/11: Is America any safer? It’s the most honest way to ask about U.S. homeland security, and what Steven Brill raises in his recent cover story for The Atlantic. It isn’t “are we safe”—a standard that is […]

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Building economic justice in America’s cities

Boston Globe, 8/9/16 Rampant unemployment. Diabetes virtually out of control. Fresh fruits and vegetables hard to find or afford. With one-third of our nation’s minority poverty concentrated in our inner cities, and signs of economic insecurity and income inequality everywhere, it’s easy to understand the sense of hopelessness and abandonment that tens of millions feel […]

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Paid family leave is good for business and communities

CommonWealth, 8/4/16 AT SOME POINT in everyone’s life, a serious personal or family medical emergency happens. Individuals receive an unexpected diagnosis. An elderly parent’s health rapidly declines. A family member faces a terminal illness. That’s why I’m compelled to support the paid family and medical leave bill passed by the state Senate at the end of the […]

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Making early education a priority

MetroWest Daily News, 7/25/16 By Jay Gonzalez and JD Chesloff One of the highest priority issues for the business community in recent years has been improving the workforce pipeline. Surveys have shown that 69 percent of employers across Massachusetts have difficulty finding people qualified to fill open positions. This means our businesses are not achieving […]

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Massachusetts lawmakers send gender pay equity bill to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk

MassLive, 7/23/16 Massachusetts lawmakers on Saturday unanimously approved legislation supporters say will close a gender wage gap and bring parity to what men and women are paid for work. Female workers in Massachusetts are paid an average of 82 percent of what their male counterparts make, supporters of the legislation say. The legislation, which updates […]

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Senate prepares to approve paid family leave bill

Boston Globe, 7/23/16 The Senate is expected Saturday to debate and approve a bill that would make Massachusetts one of the few states to require employers to offer paid time off to care for a newborn child or sick family member. The House isn’t expected to take up the legislation before lawmakers adjourn from formal […]

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How our disaster relief system forces foolish decisions

Boston Globe 7/20/16 Despite deadlock in the federal government, local and state leaders are embracing creative policy options to mitigate the impact of a warmer earth. From state taxing policies that use the carrot-and-stick approach to promote better corporate and personal behavior to various local zoning laws that prohibit residential buildings in flood zones, this […]

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Non-Competes and Hamilton

Medium, 7/16/16 My house is smitten by Hamilton. We listen to the music incessantly, my wife and I are both reading the Chernow biography, and the kids are fighting over who gets to use the third ticket to the Broadway show when we go to New York in the fall. So in thinking about the […]

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Equal Pay Legislation Passes House, Headed To Conference

Politico, Massachusetts, 7/14/16 BOSTON — The House has unanimously passed legislation that seeks to reduce the wage gap between men and women. The measure passed by a vote of 158-0 and would make it illegal for employers to pay employees different wages because of their gender or pay employees less because of their gender. “We […]

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Pay Equity Bill A Long Time Coming, But May Soon Be Here

Boston Globe, Business, 7/13/16 A state equal pay bill took a key step forward Tuesday, bringing a legislative effort almost two decades in the making within striking distance of victory. The legislation, which would strengthen the 1945 statute that prohibits gender-based wage discrimination, emerged from a House committee in a form that should assuage many […]

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House Equal Pay Legislation Designed For Broad Appeal

Politico, Massachusetts, 7/11/16 BOSTON — As the legislative year wanes, the House is expected to take up equal pay legislation on Thursday. While the House language was not yet available late last week, those involved with negotiations say the bill will be amenable to all parties. It is currently being tweaked in the House Committee […]

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Legislature May Take Up Bill To Address Gender Wage Gap This Session

WGBH, Government, 7/8/16 House Speaker Robert DeLeo wants to bring an equal pay bill to the House floor next week that aims to narrow the wage gap between genders. The thinking behind the bill is that if women know what their male counterparts earn—and their employers know they know—the wage gap could begin to close. […]

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This MBTA Decision Could Have Harsh Consequences for Boston Startups

BostInno, Streetwise, 7/5/16 Buried in the complex web of the FY17 state budget was a glimmer of good news for the innovation economy in Massachusetts: new, clear limits on how frequently and by how much MBTA fares can be raised. Allow me to explain Take a stroll around some of the hotbeds of innovation in […]

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​Keep Massachusetts an Energy Innovation Leader

Boston Business Journal, ViewPoint, 6/28/16 As one of the world’s most vibrant innovation hubs, it is incumbent upon Massachusetts to invest in clean energy to address climate change and grow our economy. Although gas prices are relatively low right now, we need to focus on expansive, long-term thinking as the state crafts a strategic, clean […]

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Two Key Changes Made to the Bill Limiting Noncompetes In Mass.

Boston Globe, Business & Tech, 6/27,16 Addressing concerns from the business community, House leaders have made two major last-minute changes to a bill that would significantly restrict noncompete agreements in Massachusetts. The latest version, which heads to the House floor on Wednesday for a vote, aims to soothe a sore spot among some employer groups: […]

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Family Leave, Wage Gap Must Also Be Atop Agenda

Boston Globe, Letters, 6/23/16 THE GLOBE’S take on the deserving bills in need of action this legislative session got many things right (“A wish list for Beacon Hill”). Energy bill — a must. Zoning reform — desperately needed. But the list was missing two important, high-profile bills: paid family leave and equal pay. As the […]

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Guns Made Mateen The Most Successful Terrorist Since 9/11

WGBH, News, 7/14/16 Juliette Kayyem If I don’t sound normal, it’s because things are not so normal. I’m recording this from Orlando Florida, just days after the horrible terrorist attack at an LBBT bar in which 50 people do far were killed by a terrorist named Omar Mateen. You may have seen me on CNN, […]

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Putting Early Education Front and Center In Mass.

Boston Globe, Business, 6/3/16 House Speaker Bob DeLeo is done talking about the value of preschool education. It’s time to get it right in Massachusetts. This week DeLeo began meeting with a group of business leaders to develop a plan on how the state could increase not only access to early education but improve quality. […]

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In Search of ‘A More Inclusive Business Climate’

Boston Globe, Business, Bold Types, 5/26/16 Colette Phillips knows a thing or two about trying to knock down the doors of Boston’s entrenched power structure. When she launched her namesake firm in Boston 30 years ago, Phillips was unusual: a black woman opening a PR agency in a business community dominated by older, white men. […]

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Millionaires’ tax passes second test

Bay State Banner, News, 5/25/16 A proposed millionaires’ tax amendment garnered a strong show of support at the State House last week, after amassing more than 157,000 petition signatures last fall to get it considered. The so-called Fair Share Amendment needed to secure 50 “yes” votes at Wednesday’s constitutional convention to advance; it received 135, […]

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Why VCs Aren’t Funding Women-led Startups

KNOWLEDGE@WHARTON, Technology, 5/24/16 What’s it like to be a female entrepreneur raising money in the male-dominated venture capital industry? It’s a question Katherine Hays, the co-founder and CEO of venture-backed Vivoom, an ad tech startup, is often asked. Hays led her first startup, Massive Incorporated, a video game advertising company, through several rounds of funding, […]

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Time for vision at the MBTA

Commonwealth Magazine, Transit, 5/23/16 GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER said, “Where there is no vision, there is no hope.” If ever there was an entity in need of some hope, it is the MBTA. Fortunately, this Tuesday evening the MBTA launches an extensive visioning process – Focus40 – to craft a 25-year strategic investment plan to carry […]

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Paid leave would cost $159 per worker, UMass report finds

Boston Globe, Business & Tech, 5/19/16 The paid family and medical leave act under consideration in the state Legislature would cost $159 per worker per year and increase the annual number of leaves taken by 13,000, according to projections in a report released Thursday by the University of Massachusetts Boston. A business group that opposes […]

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Fueling Energy Debate

Boston Herald, Letters to the Editor, 5/12/16 I was disappointed to see the current dynamic between the governor and attorney general characterized as a “spat” in a recent Herald headline (“Pipeline spat flows to SJC,” May 6). This conflict isn’t about two politicians, or even really about the related court case. At its heart, it […]

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Moving Up in the Workplace: A Women Take on Success

Bentley University PreparedU, 5/5/16  By Beth Monaghan I am a lot of things. I’m a CEO, an entrepreneur, a board member, a mother, a wife and a writer. I’m so many things that I frequently hear the question: “How do you do it all?” It’s meant to be a compliment, but it’s not. That type […]

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Alliance Joins Coalition for Clean Energy Solutions

Boston, April 26, 2016 New Coalition of Nonprofit, Business and Consumer Groups Launch Alliance for Clean Energy Solutions (ACES) Leading Regional Organizations Combine Forces to Support Long-Term Policies that Will Create Clean, Affordable and Reliable Energy . Nearly 20 environmental, clean energy industry, business, consumer, and health groups announced the creation of a coalition named […]

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Alliance Proudly Joins MA Business Sector Push for Transgender Rights Bill

Boston Globe, Business & Tech, 4/13/16 General Electric Co., Suffolk Construction, and the Massachusetts Business Roundtable are throwing their support behind a bill to bolster transgender rights, as Attorney General Maura Healey turns up the heat on the Legislature to act on it. In an effort organized by Healey, businesses plan to send a letter […]

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Change, but no revolution, at the Chamber of Commerce

Boston Globe, Opinion, 4/5/16 BACKING A BILL to prevent transgender discrimination? That’s easy. Backing new taxes? That’s hard. If James Rooney, CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, really wants his organization to be more cutting edge — as he told the Globe’s Jon Chesto — he should cut against the grain of classic, […]

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Get Money Out of Politics, Get Young People in

Roll Call, 4/4/16 By Alan D. Solomont Saturday marked the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon v. FEC decision, which eliminated limits on aggregate campaign donations, the total amount an individual can donate to all candidates for federal office and national party committees. Once again equating campaign contributions to speech, the court held that the […]

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Don’t Send Foreign Entrepreneurs Packing

Boston Globe, Opinion, 4/4/16 By Jeffrey J. Bussgang and Bill Brah MANY HIGH-TECH entrepreneurs dread this time of year — the annual lottery for H-1B visas is about to get underway. More than 300,000 skilled foreign workers will apply to receive one of only 85,000 of the magic tickets that allow them to take jobs in […]

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Late-night MBTA Service Crucial to Economic Growth and Justice

Commonwealth Magazine, Opinion, 4/4/16 By Micheal Curry and Jesse Mermell INVESTING IN TRANSPORTATION in order to create economic growth is a popular refrain. You’d be hard-pressed to find the business group, community organization, or transit agency that doesn’t talk that talk. But judging by the speed with which the MBTA shut down late-night service, it […]

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Alliance Board Member features Boston’s most Influential Minorites

Boston Globe, Business, 3/30/16 We Bostonians love lists. Who’s powerful, who’s rich, who’s promising. Boston magazine and the Boston Business Journal have turned rankings into a cottage industry. But these lists invariably showcase something we’re not so proud of: Just how white the establishment is here. Easy to blame the media — and we do […]

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Alliance Welcomes New Chair to Board of Directors

Newton Patch, Business, 3/24/16 Newton’s own Jeffrey J. Bussgang has been elected chair for the Leadership Team of the Alliance for Business Leadership. The ABL announced the decision at the organization’s annual Labor Lab meeting. Bussgang, a general partner at Flybridge Capital Partners and senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, will replace outgoing chair Philip […]

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Leader Lab Seeks Some Answers

Boston Globe, Business, 3/17/16 It may not seem possible to solve all of Boston’s biggest problems in one day. But Jesse Mermell is going to give it a try. As president of the left-leaning Alliance for Business Leadership, Mermell is hosting a daylong workshop called the Leader Lab at the Seaport World Trade Center on […]

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What Apple’s Fight With the FBI Means for Massachusetts

Boston Globe, Opinion, 3/16/16 By Colin Angle and Paul Sagan THE FUTURE of America’s high-tech industry is at stake in the FBI’s effort to force Apple to break open the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone. If the FBI succeeds in forcing Apple to write, cryptographically sign, and deliver new software to undermine Apple’s own security features, […]

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Alliance Board Member takes on New Business Venture

Boston Globe, Lifestyle, 3/16/16 “It’s an unusual story in a few different ways,” says Beverly Armstrong, founder of a new Massachusetts beer company, Brazo Fuerte Artisanal Beer, attempting to describe how she got started. Until a year ago, Armstrong was an executive in the biotech industry. For nine years she’s been brewing beer at home, […]

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Clean Energy Industry Poised For Growth

Gloucester Daily Times, Opinion, Letter, 3/11/13 To the editor: I read your recent coverage of environmental concerns about the proposed Kinder Morgan gas pipeline (“Baker pressured to block pipeline surveys.” March 8), and walked away disappointed that a crucial summary of the benefits offered by clean energy sources was relegated to a few sentences. As […]

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Alliance Board Member’s Company Highlighted for Leading on Paid Family Leave

US Department of Labor Blog, 3/9/16 Today, Vermont became the fifth state to pass paid sick leave legislation, joining Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, Oregon and 24 local jurisdictions now enjoying the many benefits of paid sick leave policies. The momentum behind paid sick time is part of a wave of family-friendly policies, including paid family and […]

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How can Universities Encourage Young People to Vote?

The Conversation, 3/8/16 Article by Alan Solomont This past February, when many of their peers were still asleep, a group of Tufts University students got on a bus to New Hampshire to take advantage of a once-every-four-years opportunity: seeing presidential candidates making their final pitch to voters. Research shows that campaigns that directly contact young […]

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Advocating For Women’s Issues: Gender Equity, Paid Family Leave

Framingham Patch, News, 3/8/16 Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. The day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, but it also marks the need to take action and accelerate gender parity. Framingham’s State Senator Karen Spilka has been heralding women’s issues since she was first elected to the Massachusetts senate […]

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MBTA Fare Hike Proposal Unfair

Boston Globe, Letters, 3/8/16 DANTE RAMOS takes a narrow view of the MBTA fare issue by supporting the Governor’s proposal to raise fares by 7 percent (“MBTA fare hikes stink, but they’re needed,” Opinion, March 1). In 2013, legislators reversed decades of underinvestment in our state’s transportation needs. Recall that the legislature increased T funding […]

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Alliance Program Director Reacts to Impending MBTA Fare Hikes

Boston Neighborhood Network, 3/7/16

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Positive Progress for Non-Compete Reform

WBUR, News, 3/2/16 Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo says House members will take up legislation on non-compete agreements this session. Speaking at a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce breakfast Wednesday, DeLeo said the legislation would “strike an appropriate balance” for employers and employees. “Our goal will be to protect businesses here and improve Massachusetts’s reputation as the […]

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Alliance Provides Testimony to MBTA Fiscal Control and Management Board on Impending Fare Hikes

Members of the Fiscal Management and Control Board, good afternoon and thank you for taking the time to hear me today. My name is Sebastian Zapata and I am the Program Director for the Alliance for Business Leadership. The Alliance is a coalition of progressive business leaders united in the belief that social responsibility and […]

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A Call for Compromise to Break The Charter School Stalemate

Boston Business Journal, Morning Edition, 2/26/16   Op-Ed by Phil Edmundson Chair, The Alliance for Business Leadership Let’s start by stating the obvious: Massachusetts needs educated workers in order to continue to grow our economy. That simple, non-controversial fact is the reason every business group fro the Berkshires to the Cape advocates for investments in […]

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Why InkHouse Offers Paid Family Leave

InkHouse, Inklings Blog, 2/11/16 This morning I joined a panel that included representatives from Google, Spotify and Tamr to present toUS Labor Deputy Secretary Christopher Lu. We were there to provide the employer’s perspective about the value of paid family leave as a benefit to our employees. A big thank you to Senator Dan Wolf, […]

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Time to Accelerate Pace of Progress on Pay Equity

The Boston Globe, Letters to the Editor, 2/4/16 SHIRLEY LEUNG hit the nail on the head when she said that “if we are to make meaningful progress in closing the gender pay gap, we have to try something new” (“No unity on bill to grant women equality in pay,” Page A1, Jan. 29). It has […]

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Alliance Executive Director Speaks Out On Pay Equity

MeroWestDailyNews, News, 2/1/16 The state Senate unanimously passed a bill Thursday to help close the pay gap between male and female workers in Massachusetts. The “act to establish pay equity” is built off a bill initially passed in 1945 to ensure that workers receive equal pay for equal work regardless of gender. Currently, women make […]

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Alliance Executive Director repsonds to Boston Herald article on Equal Pay

The Boston Herald, Letters to the Editor, 1/27/16 The Herald editorial argues that the current pay equity bill before the Senate is silly (“Pay bill overreaches,” Jan. 23). Allow me to offer a few responses to add to the levity: It is silly that the Herald questions the existence of a wage gap, turning a […]

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Creating Continued Growth in Massachusetts Requires Investment

Phil Edmundson, Chair of The Alliance for Business Leadership, 1/27/16 When I sat down to write this blog post I chuckled at the idea of putting pen to paper – or these days, fingers to keys – on a subject that seems clear to me: the subject of how to create growth in Massachusetts. As […]

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Time to Dismantle Boston’s Old Boy Network

NECN, As Seen On Air, 1/20/16 Alliance Board Members Donna Levin and Beth Monaghan, discuss why now is the time to break up Boston’s Old Boy’s Network.

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Alliance Holds Meeting of the Minds on Youth Voter Turnout

Metro, Boston, 1/19/16   With the March 1 state primary around the corner and the deadline for voter registration fast approaching (the cutoff is Wednesday, Feb. 10), get-out-the-vote efforts in Boston are gaining momentum. On Wednesday, a group of experts on the subject plan to gather at the Cambridge Innovation Center’s location on Milk Street […]

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Envisioning a Far Reaching Impact for All Among Us

The Boston Globe, Opinion, 1/18/16 JON CHESTO’S piece on the courting of General Electric (“To land GE, a big, glossy pitch,” Page A1, Jan. 15) touched on some of the ways in which our newest corporate citizen could benefit the area. Jobs, infrastructure improvements, and boosting our innovation sector are worthy of celebration, but let’s […]

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The Boston Globe Features Alliance Over Lack of Social Progress in Cooperate World

The Boston Globe, Opinion, 1/15/16 IT HAS BEEN A thrilling week for Boston’s business image. The city won General Electric’s heart by packaging itself as a New Age city of agile startups (although promising tax credits and infrastructure plums worth $145 million didn’t hurt either). Then again, we also learned that reinvention goes only so […]

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Alliance Featured in Boston Globe for Diverse Leadership Team

The Boston Globe, Metro, 1/14/16 I did a double-take reading Tuesday’s story on the exclusive, low-profile club of corporate bigs exerting outsized influence on state affairs. Had I stumbled upon “This Day In History” by mistake? But no, there it was, on the front page. Some wealthy chieftains — all but one of them white […]

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The crisis in nonprofit leadership

Alliance leader and Board member Alan D. Solomont, Dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts, co-wrote the below article in the Boston Globe on November 20, 2015. Read the original story here. Nonprofits are the underappreciated engines of social change in our communities, making important contributions to early […]

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Who decides what is Good?

Alliance Leader Nathan Rothstein, Founder & CEO of Project Repat, provided the following remarks at the Roosevelt Institute Boston event “Re-writing the Rules” event on November 10, 2015: A few days ago, I was explaining to a group of people what is unique about our business. I told them- “At Project Repat- customers send us […]

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Alliance Leaders Support Carbon Pricing Bill

Alliance Leaders J.J. Bartlett, President of Fishing Partnership Support Services; Roger Freeman, Founder and President of Solventerra; and Tedd Saunders, CEO of EcoLogical Solutions Inc. and CSO of The Saunders Hotel Group testified this afternoon at the State House hearing of S.1747, “An Act Combatting Climate Change,” sponsored by Senator Mike Barrett. Their full testimonies are below. “Putting a price on carbon pollution will […]

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Alliance Leader testifies in support of Paid Family & Medical Leave Act

Alliance Board Member Beth Monaghan, Co-Founder & Principal of InkHouse, testified this afternoon in support of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (bill S.1008) sponsored by State Senator Karen Spilka. Ms. Monaghan spoke from the perspective of a business owner (as well as a mother) stating, “Paid family leave is the right thing to do […]

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Resolution Pushes for More Women on Boards: S1007 Vote Passes Aiming to Change How We Do Business in Massachusetts

Members of the House unanimously voted yesterday to pass Massachusetts State Resolution S1007, urging companies to put at least three women on their boards of nine or greater by the year 2018.  For smaller companies, the resolution recommends that boards include at least two women. The passing of the non-binding resolution, which was also passed […]

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Alliance Leaders Support Pay Equity Bill

Alliance board members Kip Hollister, Founder & CEO of Hollister Staffing and Trish Karter, Founder of LightEffect Farms, represented The Alliance at the July 21st State House hearing about two bills we’ve been active on: Equal Pay and Women on Boards. Kip and Trish, along with Alliance Executive Director Jesse Mermell, testified their support of the bills, […]

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Top Massachusetts officials back gender pay equity bill

Alliance leader and board member Kip Hollister, Founder & CEO of Hollister Staffing, was featured in an article on MassLive.com July 21st for her support of the pay equity bill  S.983 and H.1733. Read more below, or see the original article by Shira Schoenberg  here. Several of Massachusetts’ top elected officials – and more than 100 […]

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More talk than action on giving women a say on corporate boards

Alliance leader and board member Trish Karter, Founder of LightEffect Farms, was featured in the Boston Globe July 20th, 2015 for her work on gender parity for corporate boards in Massachusetts. Read more below, or see the original article by Jon Chesto here. July is not the best of time of the year to get busy business […]

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Northeast energy program lifting economies and lowering emissions

Mariella Puerto, Senior Program Officer – Climate at the Barr Foundation released the following article July 20th regarding a new report which shows that states participating in the most recent phase of regional carbon cap-and-trade are experiencing significant economic benefits while dramatically reducing emissions. Read more below, or view the original article – with access to the […]

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Being a Business Leader Amid Historical Events

By Jeff Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital There was an overwhelming torrent of news last week. The two Supreme Court decisions and the response to the tragic church shooting in South Carolina are among the most indelible events of our time and all three will be memorialized in history books and discussed for decades to […]

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May 0
May 0

Alliance Leader Rosabeth Moss Kanter featured on The Daily Show

Alliance Leader Rosabeth Moss Kanter was featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to promote her book “Move” in which she discusses the U.S.’s declining infrastructure and describes ways to fund better public construction. Check out the video here.

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May 0
May 0

Earned sick time is good for workers – and businesses: New law should be implemented fully and without delay

The Alliance was featured in Commonwealth Magazine on May 20, 2015 in an op-ed written by Board Members Philip Edmundson, Jeffrey Bussgang, Beverly Armstrong, David Belluck, David Gasson and Joshua Boger. Read on below, or view the original article here. Massachusetts voters passed the earned sick time ballot question by an overwhelming margin last November and the Commonwealth’s […]

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Apr 0
Apr 0

Embracing the Future: The Economic Success of British Columbia’s Carbon Pricing Policy

The Alliance was pleased to host Mike Bernier, Parliamentary Secretary for Energy Literacy & the Environment and Dr. Susanna Laaksonen-Craig, Head, Climate Action Secretariat from British Columbia’s Ministry of Environment along with leading Massachusetts and British Columbia business executives for breakfast April 13th to discuss one of the hottest topics of conversation in the Massachusetts State House: […]

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Apr 0
Apr 0

Hacking Immigration – The Global EIR Coalition

By Jeff Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Our immigration reform system is broken. That isn’t new news. There is now a fix for high-skilled, immigration entrepreneurs that can be implemented TODAY with no legislation required. That is new news. And it has the potential to break through the political logjam. Only 85,000 H1-B visas are […]

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Apr 0
Apr 0

The Route to Growth: Capacity Investments Critical for Region’s Future

The Alliance for Business Leadership is pleased to join A Better City, Boston Society of Architects, MAPC, MASCO, Transportation for Massachusetts, and the Urban Land Institute in signing a white paper entitled The Route to Growth: Capacity Investments Critical for Region’s Future. The report discusses the implications the recent MBTA crisis has had on not only the […]

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Mar 0
Mar 0

ViewPoint: Quality early education, childcare: Make the issues your business

Alliance Leader Jay Gonzalez, President & CEO of CeltiCare Health, was featured in The Boston Business Journal on March 27, 2015 in an Op-Ed discussing the importance of high-quality early education and childcare availability and affordability. Read the full article below. By Jay Gonzalez, President & CEO of CeltiCare Health Many businesses face common challenges. […]

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Mar 0
Mar 0

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 […]

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Feb 0
Feb 0

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 […]

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Jan 0
Jan 0

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 […]

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Dec 1
Dec 1

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 […]

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Nov 1
Nov 1

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, […]

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Nov 0
Nov 0

Alliance Chair in Boston Globe: A New Way To Measure Our Progress

The Boston Globe, Op-Ed, November 11, 2014: “Having no other mines to work, Massachusetts has mined into the human intellect; and, from its limitless resources, she has won more sustaining and enduring prosperity and happiness than if she had been founded on a stratification of silver and gold, reaching deeper down than geology has yet […]

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Nov 0
Nov 0

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 […]

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Nov 0
Nov 0

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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Nov 0
Nov 0

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 […]

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Oct 0
Oct 0

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 […]

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Oct 1
Oct 1

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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Oct 0
Oct 0

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 […]

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Oct 0
Oct 0

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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