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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 […]

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An Educated Workforce is the Key to a Prosperous Economy

The business leaders and investors of the Alliance agree that social justice and economic development are mutually reinforcing – it’s a key component of  the Alliance’s Leadership Commitment.  A new report provides dramatic proof that investing in improved access to education is not only just, it‘s necessary to compete successfully in today’s economy.  Alliance Leader […]

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What is the Greatest Unmet Need in U.S. Public Affairs?

If asked for a one word explanation of what is most needed in U.S. public affairs today, I believe a substantial majority of business leaders would say, “Leadership.”   What most science-respecting, innovative business leaders and investors would not likely initially think is that the leadership we most need in public affairs must come from them. […]

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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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After the Summit – Next Steps on Workforce Development

This is the last of 3 posts sharing highlights and next steps from our Nov. 8 CEO Summit, titled “Post-Election Forecast: What’s Next for Business Leaders.“ The first post covered tax reform, and the second covered workplace wellness strategies. Today’s post covers workforce development strategies, part of our Economic Development & Jobs Initiative.   Help […]

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Post Election: What’s Next for Business Leadership?

    After the election, join us for a Post-Election Forecast at the 6th Annual CEO Summit in Boston, November 8.  Imagine if you were asked to run a business where half your employees are at retirement age, your shareholders and customers have no respect for how you do business, your board of directors turns […]

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Martha Kanter, Under Sec'y of Ed., Confirmed at CEO Summit on Capitol Hill, June 13

Several new participants have been confirmed for the CEO Summit on Capitol Hill, including a strategy session with Martha Kanter, Under Secretary at the Dept. of Education. Kanter oversees the nation’s post-secondary education agenda, and as such is an important ally for the Alliance’s workforce development, community college, and other initiatives. In addition to workforce development, […]

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Introducing the Alliance: A New Name – A New Commitment

This week the Alliance for Business Leadership (“the Alliance”) launches a new platform for business leadership to address some of the most pressing challenges our society faces: A crisis of confidence in the role of government; Insufficient investment in education, infrastructure and research; Demographic hurdles from an aging population, declines in real wages and social […]

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Hearing Rumors About Us? They Might Be True…

In case you have heard the rumor that we are changing our name…it is true. We have become the Alliance for Business Leadership (“The Alliance”) and will be launching the change along with our 2012 agenda on our website very shortly. For the moment, all of our emails, phone numbers, address and URL remain the […]

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Workforce Development a No-Brainer: Empowering Community Colleges is Job One

Massachusetts currently has 240,000 unemployed citizens, and 120,000 job openings.  These numbers should confuse you.  In today’s economic environment, it is clear we can’t afford such an employment mismatch which experts say is tied to a complex “skills gap” between supply and demand of workers. In his recent State of the Commonwealth speech, Massachusetts Governor […]

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The Global Innovation Economy: Team Massachusetts Heads to Brazil

PBLN will be joining the Massachusetts Innovation Economy Mission to Brazil next week led by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. As described in today’s Boston Globe, the 50 business and government leaders will include several cabinet secretaries and agency heads in key sectors, and top brass from universities and research institutes; as well as executives from EMC, […]

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Jobs for Veterans – Is it your Business?

Today, President Obama signed a bill into law that helps unemployed veterans, numbering more than 850,000, to find jobs. The new legislation creates tax incentives for businesses to hire veterans, offering credits of up to $9,600 per hire, depending on the worker’s salary and how long he/she has been unemployed. Several top executives who are […]

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Weigh in: Can entrepreneurs create jobs on the scale the US requires?

This is an open thread for comments as we prepare for PBLN’s 5th annual CEO Summit. Our focus is on how visionary entrepreneurship and public policy can align to spur economic growth and job creation. At our Summit Thursday we will ask top execs from Organogenesis, HouseWorks, Vertex, Panera Bread Company, XTalic, Digital Lumens, First […]

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PBLN Pre-Summit Spotlight: Merida Meridian CEO Catherine Connolly

As PBLN nears its Annual Boston CEO Summit, we have asked some of our participants to share some of their incoming thoughts as they prepare for the conference. One of them, Catherine Forster Connolly, CEO of Merida Meridian, graciously shared her thoughts and insight regarding some of the topics that will be brought up during the […]

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Click here for November 10th CEO Summit Agenda

Thanks for your interest in PBLN’s November 10th CEO Summit at UMass Boston. The Agenda is here. We are more proud than ever to feature the ideas of entrepreneurs from a wide range of industries and sectors, and from some of the leading thinkers in the public policy arena as well.

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Calling all Companies and Community Colleges: Forum at the Boston Fed will ask, "What are Your Plans for the Jobs of the Future Now?

Enrollment and expectations are up. Funding is down. Many are unemployed and many great jobs are vacant due to a lack of the right skills mix in the workforce. Tough to be running a Community College in 2011? Yes it is. And tough to be an employer unable to find the right hires. And tough […]

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Nearing the Summit: CEOs, Government Leaders To Gather November 10th for "Stepping Up: Business Leadership in America's Next Economy"

“We can no longer afford a distinction between what is good for business and what is good for society” – Communispace CEO Diane Hessan “If I am not on the field, someone else is playing my position” – North Bridge Venture Partners, General Partner, Carmichael Roberts There are a few dates to bank on in […]

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Occupy Everything: What Do CEOs Think?

So CEO’s: what do you think of the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon? Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit has weighed in about the Occupy protests, saying “Their sentiments are completely understandable. Trust has been broken between financial institutions and the citizens of the U.S., and that is Wall Street’s job, to reach out to Main Street and rebuild […]

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Palestinian Technology Entrepreneurs Mean Business in Visit to US Innovation Economy

UPDATE: The visit was a huge success on both sides. The symmetry was evident in comments to the Boston Globe, which published a nice piece about the visit written by Hiawatha Bray.  Visiting CEO Murad Tahboub (Asal) said, “[t]here is usually a shortage of software developers in the US, and they are looking for destinations outside […]

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What's Bigger? The Debt Crisis or the Investment Crisis? Is this Even the Question?

What’s bigger? The debt crisis or the investment crisis? Admittedly, both are a problem. And neither was resolved by the debt ceiling drama. We can all agree that avoiding default is a good thing. Beyond that, has anything been resolved? Are we any closer to investing in a sustainable economy that will unleash a new […]

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July Issues Update: Health Care Cost, the Business of Clean Energy, and a Human Capital Crisis

Are Education Problems Supply Chain Problem? In many ways, business sees the education reform agenda as a supply chain problem. There are gaps in the chain along the way from pre-K to career in a variety of places with little explanation. Is the K-12 education really what is needed to succeed in job training or college? […]

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PBLN Responds to New Hampshire Senator John Sununu: CEOs Need to Be Leaders and Keep Their Day Jobs Too

Management visionary Peter Drucker famously said that “[e]very single social and global issue of our day is a business opportunity in disguise.” He could be referring to climate change, foreign and fossil fuel energy dependence, overwhelming healthcare costs, schools and community colleges that fail to put young people on paths to high wage jobs…. In a […]

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June Policy Update

What is on our plate at PBLN? Deep engagement with the biggest challenges facing our society and our economy. Here is a review of several opportunities to get involved today: Education We believe in government – and we see clearly that there are many instances where ineffective regulation can kill innovation. The U.S. Department of […]

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Wendell Knox and Norm Gorin Bring Buddha to Grove Hall

PBLN member/Boston Rising Board member Wendell Knox and PBLN Board member Norm Gorin are bringing the Buddha to the Grove Hall section of Boston. Impossible? Come join them later this month and be enlightened by the newest thing in middle school education. It comes from California, of course. Hollywood, no less. But, ten years and […]

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People Favor Ending Tax Breaks for Candy and Soda: It's the Healthy Economy, Stupid!

Our friends and partners at NEHI have released poll results showing public support for ending a very strange facet of the Massachusetts sales tax. At present, the sales tax does not apply to soda and candy. There is of course a mountain of data about sweets, health and the cost to all of us that […]

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Reports of Life in the U.S. Capitol: DC Summit Report, Part One

We are just back from PBLN’s 4th Annual CEO Forum in the US Capitol. 115 CEOs, executives, entrepreneurs and investors landed on what many in business describe as “another planet.” Already reports are coming in from participants about the possibility of innovation in a place where you would not expect anything to grow. Venture Capitalist, […]

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What Kind of Community Does Innovation Require? You Tell Us!

We are thrilled that Ashley McCown, President of Solomon McCown is part of our 100 biz leader delegation to Washington DC this week. Ashley and colleagues have allowed us to be a co-sponsor for a program focused on a topic we view as essential to the growth of the innovation economy: community. Here is how […]

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A Vision for America's Next Economy

  What would you say to Washington (that you could say in polite company) if you had the chance? 100 PBLN leaders are heading to Capitol Hill to meet with leaders in Congress and the Obama Administration about the state of the American economy and to discuss how to plan for inventing the next one. […]

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PBLN's April Call to Action

Join with PBLN to Save Americorps and National Service Thanks to the urging of Rosabeth Moss Kanter who sits not only on our Board but also on the Board of City Year, PBLN has joined the coalition to Save Service – a diverse collection of business, labor, civic leadership, education and other sectors standing up […]

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Boston Schools Racing to the Top

It has been said that if Rip Van Winkle woke up and came down the mountain he would be wide-eyed and disoriented by how much had changed while he slept – until he got safely inside a school where in many ways, things remain pretty much the same as they’ve been for decades. PBLN’s education […]

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Ron Shaich, Joshua Boger & Diane Hessan to talk "Business Leadership and Values" at DC Summit

One of our best models of a CEO who “gets it” about the role business plays in society is a regular at PBLN events is Panera Bread Company founder and Chairman Ron Shaich. Ron is going to participate in a session at our Washington Summit May 4th. He’ll be paired with Vertex founder and former […]

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The Year in Review: Progress and Leadership

PBLN finished 2010 as a high-energy network of more than 150 top business leaders. We convened more than 500 business, government and non-profit leaders to wrestle with big challenges and big ideas for progress. We effectively entered the public discourse on healthcare, energy, housing and other issues via PBLN’s own voice and diverse voices of […]

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Can Innovation Companies Drive Job Growth in New England?

There is no more important issue than sustainable job growth. In one of the most well-attended sessions at the PBLN CEO Summit October 8th at Bentley University, Boston Globe columnist Scott Kirsner moderated a session on the question of whether the so-called “innovation economy” (title of his column) can drive job growth at a scale […]

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Education Working Group Meeting

Host TBD Register |  Add to calendar At this quarterly meeting, Education Working Group will discuss how business leaders can get involved in education reform efforts. Speakers and specific topic are TBD. Chaired by Gloria Larson, President of Bentley University, this group has addressed topics such as Civic Engagement and Workforce Development. Their current focus is […]

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Massachusetts Children Win the Race to the Top – Now the Hard Part!

Massachusetts is a winner in the national Race to the Top competition.

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PBLN Supports Adoption of Common Core Standards in Massachusetts as “a step toward innovation and excellence for all teachers and students.”

The Progressive Business Leaders Network (PBLN) is pleased to publicly support adoption of the Common Core Standards by the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. PBLN supports the position of Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville and the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education that the Common Core standards provide far more than adequate rigor, flexibility, […]

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CNBC Says Massachusetts is 5th Best State for Business; Texas Nabs 1st

A  CNBC Special Report ranks the 50 states seeking to answer the question, “what states are the best places to do business?” Texas came in first, and Massachusetts, which is of particular interest to many readers of this blog, came in 5th. For the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this high ranking runs contrary to lots of […]

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PBLN Goes to School: Business Leaders Field Visit to Boston's Burke High School

PBLN Education Chair Gloria Larson (day job: President of Bentley University) led a delegation of 20 PBLN members and friends to the Burke High School in Boston’s Grove Hall section of Dorchester. The Burke has been designated a turn-around school in a new series of federal/state rubrics that bring resources, extraordinary latitude for change, and […]

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2010 DC Summit Recap: PBLN Takes the Hill

The PBLN 2010 Washington CEO Summit was powerful. 75 strong took the case for inventing a more sustainable, competitive economy to Capitol Hill. Without a doubt though this was more about our own education than about lobbying anyone: Filling gaps in knowledge and understanding between business and government. Follow the ongoing conversation on twitter (pbln) […]

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Business Leaders Press the Case for Competitiveness, Growth, Sustainability

At the PBLN Washington Summit, 75 innovative CEOs and top business leaders are gathering now for what will be 24 hours of dialogue with policy leaders, fellow executives and key decision makers. Some have remarked that since the meltdown on Wall Street and the recession, the business world’s attention to Washington has increased dramatically. This […]

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Welcome to PBLN's Summit on "Business Leadership and Public Policy: Inventing a More Sustainable Economy"

More than 225 CEOs, executives, government and policy leaders are gathered at the John F. Kennedy Library today for the PBLN Summit. Our aims are to build our network and to make clear our desire to educate business leaders and the public about a new definition of what is “good for business.” Our dynamic working […]

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PBLN Hails Massachusetts Education Reform Package

In a press release issued September 16th, The Progressive Business Leaders Network (PBLN) hailed the education reform package before the Massachusetts legislature as “innovation for all students.” PBLN President Thomas D. Dretler, President & CEO, Eduventures, Inc. and PBLN Executive Director James F. Boyle, President & CEO, Sustainability Roundtable, Inc. said, “We believe that the […]

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Progressive Business Leaders Network Statement on Budget Cuts Proposed by Gov. Deval Patrick

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Andrew Tarsy 617-515-9004 Andy@pbln.org Boston, MA (October 28, 2009) … The Progressive Business Leaders Network (PBLN) released the following statement from PBLN President Thomas D. Dretler (President, Eduventures, Inc.) and PBLN Co-Chairs Jeffrey Bussgang (General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners) and Joshua Boger (Founder & former CEO Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) regarding budget […]

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ABL Think Tank Brown Bag Lunch: Public Higher Education

              Join The Alliance, Fred Clark, President at Bridgewater State University and Dr. Karim Ismaili, Special Advisor for University Priorities & Global Engagement at Bridgewater State University, for the ABL Think Tank Brown Bag Lunch: Public Higher Education. Bring lunch and a keen mind as we focus on a hot policy […]

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Business Leaders’ Learning Series – Session One: Looking Back

The first session of the Business Leaders’ Learning Series will be an interactive look back at the genesis of education reform in the 1990s. What were some of the previous drivers of success and failure? What did the system look like and why? Participants will engage in a discussion lead by Paul Reville, Harvard Graduate […]

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Business Leaders’ Learning Series – Session Two: Where Are We Now?

                                       The second session of the Business Leaders’ Learning Series will be a workshop examining where the commonwealth’s education system is today. Participants will be led by Dr. John Jackson, President and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public […]

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Business Leaders’ Learning Series – Session Three: The Future of Education Reform

The third session of the Business Leaders’ Learning Series will be a workshop about what a new system could look like and will be led by Nick Donohue, President and CEO of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and Gretchen Morgan, Practice and Policy Advisor from Education Reimagined. Participants will be asked to consider the assumptions […]

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Business Leaders’ Learning Series – Session Four: Planning for Action

The fourth and final session in the Business Leaders’ Learning Series is an optional program for participants in the series who are interested in personally engaging in crafting the next generation of education reform policies, practices and mindsets for Massachusetts, and will be led by Nick Donohue, President and CEO of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. […]

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