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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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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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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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Growth Economy Leaders for Higher Standards

In the first quarter of 2014, Alliance Leaders appeared in public forums and in Op-eds throughout Massachusetts and met repeatedly with top state and national policy-makers. Those policy-makers and experts are agreed: little can better help the cause of greater shared responsibility than business leaders publicly explaining the associated business benefit.   Select Alliance Leaders including David […]

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Alliance Leaders Share Perspectives with Gubernatorial Candidates

The clean technology sector represents a tremendous opportunity for growth in Massachusetts: that’s the message delivered by Alliance leaders, together with conservation and environmental leaders, at meetings with candidates for governor in January.  The Alliance was pleased to be invited by former State Senator George Bachrach, president of the Environmental League of Massachusetts, to join a group of energy, […]

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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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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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Health Care Reform: Round 2

It’s round 2, and Massachusetts has stepped back into the ring to continue the fight for health care reform. The Commonwealth led the nation and threw the first punch in 2006, when Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney signed groundbreaking legislation into law establishing universal health care.  Six years later, with over 95% of our population insured, […]

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VIDEO: Cape Air CEO Dan Wolf Testifies Before House Committee to Support Healthcare Reforms

Yesterday we wrote that Alliance member Dan Wolf was testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The founder and CEO of Cape Air and a Massachusetts State Senator, Dan spoke about the MA healthcare law passed in 2006 as well as the federal healthcare reform legislation recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Watch […]

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Airline CEO and the Alliance in Congress, Making Business Case for Affordable Care Act

It’s another big day for healthcare reform – including the business leaders who make up the Alliance – as Congress continues to debate, examine, and investigate the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act. As we speak, Alliance leader Dan Wolf, CEO of Cape Air, is on Capitol Hill testifying before the House Committee on […]

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The Business Case for the ACA's Individual Mandate

Readers of the Boston Business Journal might have noticed the Alliance was featured in two key opinion pieces on the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. The first, a BBJ staff editorial, rails against the mandate as “a new entitlement” and expresses surprise that business leaders (including those in the Alliance) look to the mandate as […]

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A Good Day for the Country and for Business: Supreme Court Upholds Healthcare Law

Today, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and preserved the individual mandate requiring Americans to purchase health insurance. The Alliance for Business Leadership applauds the Court for its decision as it marks a huge step forward in advancing the health of our nation, its people and the economy. Paying More […]

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Alliance Response to Supreme Court's Ruling to Uphold Affordable Care Act

The following statement was released by the Alliance after the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold the Affordable Care Act on June 28, 2012. The Supreme Court has taken a huge step toward containing the crippling cost of health care by putting millions of Americans in the health insurance pool and keeping them out of […]

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Healthcare Action Alert for Massachusetts Employers, Residents

Monday, June 4 – Take Action Today to Support 3 Key Health Care Measures Moving through MA State House The Massachusetts State House is debating health care cost containment legislation as early as this Tuesday, June 5. We are urging all Massachusetts employers and residents to contact your Representative on Monday, June 4th  to ensure the bill includes […]

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Job Creation, Healthcare Reform, and Responsible Government – it's all on tap at CEO Summit

The Summit 2012 Advance Team recently visited Washington, D.C. in preparation for our upcoming CEO Summit on Capitol Hill (June 12-13). While there, they met with several members of Congress, White House officials, and policy experts – here are a few highlights: 1)    Darrell West, Founding Director, Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institute: West discussed […]

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McDonough on Mass. Healthcare Reform, House & Senate Versions

With both the House and Senate healthcare reform bills now out in Massachusetts, responses are rolling in from all sides.  John McDonough, a key architect of both state and federal healthcare legislation, writes that the two bills are more similar than they are different. From his post on today’s Boston.com Health Stew blog, titled The State Senate Shows […]

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Joining Forces for Health Promotion

With the US Supreme Court poised to rule on the validity of national health reform, all eyes not on the Court are watching Massachusetts, where the national model originated. Created by a coalition that included Senator Ted Kennedy and signed into law by Governor Mitt Romney, the state’s model includes a mandate to buy insurance […]

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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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Alliance Stands Behind Affordable Care Act

Today, the Supreme Court begins its consideration of the central constitutional challenge posed by 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business to the Affordable Care Act. The question: can the federal government require Americans to purchase health insurance? We believe it must.  Paying More for LessGovernment intervention in the free market is not […]

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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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PBLN Pre-Summit Spotlight: Recombinant Data CEO Peter Emerson

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. Peter Emerson, CEO of Recombinant Data,  shared his enlightening thoughts and insight regarding  his company, Recombinant Data, and healthcare – a topic that will certainly be popular during […]

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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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Part 2: More CEOs React to "Occupy Wall Street" Protests

We have had great responses to our blog post “Occupy Everything: What do CEOs Think?” and you should check out the points of view expressed there by Organogenesis CEO Geoff Mackay, Vertex founder and former CEO Joshua Boger, BiddingforGood CEO Jon Carson and others. The protests and what may be the beginning of a serious […]

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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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Pick up the Gauntlet: A Response to President Obama's Jobs Speech

President Obama just finished his jobs speech to a joint session of the US Congress. It is hard to remember a Presidential address in the last 20 years that more focused on the role of business in the potential for prosperity in America. The President seemed to want to bridge two conventional images: business as a […]

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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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Call to Action: Every CEO Needs to be a Part of Big Changes to Cost and Quality in Health Care

The facts around health care costs are staggering. In Massachusetts, residents spend more than $10,000 per capita and public and private spending on health care exceeds $63 billion, according to data from a national health policy institute. As these costs reach new heights, health care spending depletes investments in education and infrastructure, costing our economy jobs. […]

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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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How Much Would You Pay for a Heart Attack?

How much would you pay for a heart attack? That depends, of course on where you go for treatment. According to the Boston Globe, a new report says, “[w]hen a heart attack patient was admitted to South Shore Hospital in Weymouth [Massachusetts] in 2009, insurers paid $9,684 on average for the hospital stay. But for […]

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May Policy Update

Immigration Reform and Start Up Visa Legislation President Obama has just launched a comprehensive immigration reform agenda. There are many elements to immigration reform and PBLN doesn’t yet have a position on specific proposals outside of supporting Start Up Visa legislation. However, it is evident that a larger immigration reform agenda is of fundamental importance […]

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PBLN to Lawmakers: Healthcare Cost is both a Job-Killer and Innovation-Killer

A legislative committee in Massachusetts is looking at Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s proposal for a second stage of healthcare reform. As many in the nation are hearing for the first time now because of national politics, Massachusetts adopted a model to reach near universal coverage that was supported broadly by business. The first-in-the-nation reforms were achieved by […]

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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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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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Why Healthcare Reform is Good for Small Business

Our friends at the Small Business Majority are doing it again – getting data together to shed light on the actual views and interests of small business America – lo and behold long term, sustainable changes – including the Affordable Care Act (national healthcare reform) are viewed as critical to success. For a week at […]

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…So goes the Nation? What's next for healthcare reform in Massachusetts?

It could be said that as goes the first state to adopt near-universal healthcare, so goes the nation. The Massachusetts model will be scrutinized in the Presidential election. A diverse array of relevant leaders believe the Massachusetts reform is a success story. At the same time, the cost of healthcare in general is crushing the […]

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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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Smoking ban or Smoker-ban? How Far Should Employers Go to Have a Healthy Workforce??

We all know now that smoking is a sure killer (second hand smoke too) and a budget buster for families, employers and the entire healthcare coverage system. That explains the explosion in efforts at every level and in every sector to get people to quit. It is a given that employers now are banning smoking […]

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Healthy Meetings: Take this Challenge for Conferences and Meetings of all Sizes

PBLN was alerted to a NY State Dept of Health Guidelines for Healthy Meetings that you see at this link and below by our friends at the New England Healthcare Institute (NEHI) and PBLN member Mari Ryan, CEO of AdvancingWellness. There is also a Massachusetts version here from the MA Department of Public Health. How did […]

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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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Stonyfield Farm Makes Dollars and Makes Sense

The PBLN Summit is well chronicled in an Yvonne Abraham column in the Sunday October 10 Boston Globe. Abraham says the dialogue at the event defied common stereotypes about what matters to CEOs. And digital branding strategy whiz Mike Troiano wrote a meaty post here on his firm’s (holland mark) blog about the runaway favorite part […]

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Healthcare & Life Sciences Working Group Meeting

Host TBD Register |  Add to calendar In this quarterly meeting, PBLN’s Healthcare & Life Sciences Working Group will discuss issues surrounding national and Massachusetts healthcare reform efforts, and at strategies for sustainable development of the life sciences as both social/health innovators and as a source of economic growth. Speakers and specific topic are TBD. […]

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Healthcare & Life Sciences Working Group Meeting

Date: September 20, 2010
Location: TBD

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Calling all Business Leaders: Make it Your Business to Call Washington to Protect your State's Budget from Drastic Cuts

In Massachusetts and 29 other states, the fiscal year ends on June 30th. A year of harsh budget cuts is coming to an end and an equally challenging if more hopeful one is about to begin. Enter a new budget crisis. Many states were counting on a six month extension of a certain temporarily increased […]

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Hospital CEO Levy: Time to Change how we set Hospital "Payment" Rates (End free market approach and insist on complete and total transparency)

Know that feeling of reading a blog post that makes you feel smarter but also makes you want to learn more, hear more? Paul Levy is President and CEO of Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and for a long time he has also been that kind of blogger under the banner “Running a […]

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Sticky Sweet Biz Seeks to Block Taxes on Things that Make us Fat, Sick & Costly

We have both an obesity problem and a healthcare cost problem in the United States. Food industry companies of all sizes are aware of the connection between the two, and are making diverse adjustments in product and PR to address the impact on their profits. Some studies link the obesity problem in part to the presence […]

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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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Made in Massachusetts – The Lessons of Health Reform Make the New York Times Editorial Page

Today’s New York Times Editorial lays out the strength of Massachusetts first-in-the-nation health reform program and its greatest accomplishment: near universal coverage. In many ways, the Massachusetts approach was a model for the national reform package that became law recently. Where the national reform went beyond Massachusetts in part, was in the creation of a series […]

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Is HIRING "the new black?"

Is HIRING “the new black”? You know the expression from the fashion world right? Let the debates begin about what the latest US Department of Labor statistics mean about trends in our economic recovery. CNN Money does a nice job of breaking them down. On the one hand 162,000 jobs were created in March; and on the […]

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Urgent Need to Press Ahead on Comprehensive Payment Reform to Preserve Affordability, Access & Quality of Healthcare

Boston, MA (February 23, 2010)…On Friday February 19th, PBLN convened a discussion with Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Gregory Bialecki, Massachusetts Hospital Association President Lynn Nicholas and 40 business leaders on the topic of healthcare cost containment strategy. PBLN Executive Director Andrew H. Tarsy and PBLN President Thomas D. Dretler (President, Eduventures, Inc.) […]

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Urgent Attention Needed to Address Unsustainable Cost of Health Care

As President Obama tries to revive national healthcare reform despite a bitterly divided Congress (Read more on the White House proposal [pdf]), PBLN has been deeply engaged in the details of healthcare policy in Massachusetts. Last Friday our Healthcare and Life Sciences Working Group brought 40 PBLN members and other business leaders together for a […]

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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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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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