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Fighting Back

The Boston Globe, Talking Points, 2/22/17 The American Civil Liberties Union has teamed up with the left-leaning Alliance for Business Leadership to seek support from Governor Charlie Baker on the immigration front. The two organizations crafted a letter that urges Baker to continue to speak out against President Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban,” publicly and behind the scenes. […]

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Mass. Tech Leaders to Baker: Do More to Counter Trump’s Immigration Policies

Boston Business Journal, 2/22/17 A number of prominent players in Boston tech have co-signed an open letter urging Gov. Charlie Baker to do more to counter President Donald Trump‘s immigration policies, calling Trump’s recent executive order “bad for business, bad for science, bad for education, and bad for Massachusetts.” The Alliance for Business Leadership, a […]

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Biz Officials Urge Baker To Lead On Immigration Issues

State House News, 2/22/17 Business and tech industry leaders and civil liberties advocates are calling on Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to lead efforts to make sure Massachusetts remains a safe place for immigrants and refugees. In a letter to Baker released on Wednesday, 22 business leaders joined the ACLU of Massachusetts and The Alliance for […]

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ACLU, The Alliance, and Other Business Leaders Stand with Immigrants

Dear Governor Baker: As we await President Trump’s revised Executive Order on immigration, it is time to make sure that we do all we can to reinforce our rights at the state level. We, the undersigned leaders in science, health care, technology businesses, research organizations, and civil society groups urge your administration to lead efforts […]

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Want Loyal employees? ‘Do the Right Thing’

Boston Globe, Bold Types, 12/6/16 Getting ahead in the public relations world is simple, according to Beth Monaghan, chief executive of the Waltham agency InkHouse: “Traditionally, the way it is done is working yourself to death.” Monaghan has been trying to change this model, monitoring how many hours her 100 employees work, even instituting an […]

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How to Be a Business Leader & an Activist

BostInno, Tech, 11/22/16 Stop us if this sounds familiar: in the days since the election, you and your colleagues have been sitting around wondering what this all means for you, your business, and the country. Some, maybe many, of the things that were said during the campaign disturb you, and you’re concerned that this new […]

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Creating Diversity in the Innovation Economy

Boston Globe, Opinion,  11/18/16 ENTREPRENEURS AND venture capitalists are accustomed to responding to adversity by taking action. Thus, while many in the country — of all political persuasions — are still stunned over the presidential election results, leaders in our innovation sector are already making plans to answer the poignant question on everyone’s mind: “Where […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Tesla Plans to Change the World – and They Just Might Do It

Silicon-Valley-based Tesla Motors (NQ:TSLA) is America’s first successful automaker start-up since – well, since automakers first started up.  CEO Elon Musk, a founder of the online payment service PayPal, poured his personal fortune into the company with the goal of solving the problem of sustainable production and consumption of energy, which he calls “the largest terrestrial problem that […]

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Elyse Cherry & Boston Community Capital: financing social good

Alliance Leader Elyse Cherry, founding board member and CEO of Boston Community Capital (BCC), is more than just an entrepreneurial success. BCC’s capital growth since founding, increasing assets under management by 3500% to close to a billion dollars, attests to her financial acumen. But beyond business success, Cherry’s career also provides a model for how […]

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Why Support the Alliance?

CEO’s, investors, and business innovators who seek to help create a more just and sustainable society support the Alliance for Business Leadership because it’s a place to exchange views and develop new ideas with like-minded leaders.   David Belluck, General Partner at Riverside Partners, LLC put it well: “There’s nothing incompatible about doing well and doing […]

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Just Say 'No' to Milton Friedman: Putting Social Values First at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Joshua Boger is a businessman — and a very successful one.  But he based his career on a rejection of the notion that profit for stockholders must be the ultimate and only purpose for a business enterprise.  Flying directly into the headwind of predominant business thinking, Boger dared his board and his company to […]

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The Zipcar Story: A Game-Changing Business Model

Scott Griffith, long-time Zipcar CEO and alternative transportation visionary, faced many nay-sayers as he led the startup to a successful IPO and ultimately a buyout.  The business community couldn’t believe Americans would ever trade in their personal cars in favor of renting by the hour. At the Alliance’s Annual CEO Summit, Scott told a tale […]

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Vertex Founder Will Share Company's Strategy Map and Balanced Scorecard Prioritizing "Health: Transforming Lives" at Fall CEO Summit

Dr. Joshua Boger left his job as a scientist at Merck in 1989 with the dream of founding a new kind of drug company, and the resulting development of Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: VRTX) inspired the New York Times best-seller The Billion-Dollar Molecule and launched one of Boston’s and the nation’s fastest growing public companies. What […]

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Panera Bread CEO on Food Stamps

Would you be willing to take the SNAP challenge? Founder and CEO of Panera Bread Ron Shaich decided to eat for a week on $4.50 a day, the challenge faced every single day by families in the food stamp program. Shaich, a Member of the Alliance for Business Leadership’s Board of Directors, realized that Americans suffering […]

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Why The Decline in Corporate Statesmanship?

Why has the elite business lobby in the U.S. abdicated its former role in proposing bi-partisan solutions and regularly calling on big business to sacrifice near term gain for America’s strategic advantage?  Where are leadership groups like the post WWII Committee on Economic Development (CED) that was led by top CEOs who championed full employment, increased […]

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Innovation, Cooperation, Key to Meeting Challenges Outlined in 2013 SOTU

In last night’s State of the Union, President Obama laid out an ambitious agenda for his final term. Though not explicitly stated, it was clear to us that the common thread running throughout his speech, the very force necessary to drive the initiatives he championed, was innovation.    Time for New Ideas, Greater CooperationThe fiscal […]

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Social Innovation that Works – Panera Cares

At the Alliance one of our key priorities is to put the power of business leadership and innovation to work to address social challenges. This week I have been having lunch at an excellent example of that kind of leadership, the new Panera Cares cafe at Government Center. Panera Cares is the brainchild of Ron […]

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