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New Red Line Cars Are a Welcome Boost, but State Must Invest More

The Boston Globe, Letters, 12/15/16 COULD GREATER Boston get a better holiday gift than news of 134 new Red Line cars (“T gets OK for another 134 cars,” Page A1, Dec. 13)? Imagine the yuletide cheer that would spread if we had a whole system of top-notch transit, and not just some much-needed new cars […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Alliance Board Member Kip Hollister Featured in BBJ

Kip Hollister, Alliance board member and founder/CEO of Hollister Staffing, was featured in the Boston Business Journal this week. “Hollister, who founded Hollister Staffing in Boston 25 years ago, knows that opting for deep, lasting relationships with clients has helped the company weather three difficult recessions,” says the Journal. This recognition comes on the heels of Kip’s […]

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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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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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Reaching into the Political Machine – A Powerful Visit to DC with The Alliance

A guest post by Nicolas Boillot, CEO of the HB Agency, active Alliance participant, and return attendee at the CEO Summit on Capitol Hill. (Follow him on twitter at @nboillot1) Each year my visit to DC with The Alliance for Business Leadership turns into the single most impactful event I participate in. I invariably come […]

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Cambridge Innovation Center's Tim Rowe Tells U.S. Senate: Start-Ups Can Drive Growth, Create Jobs

Today, PBLN member Tim Rowe testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship  at a hearing on Developing and Strengthening High- Growth Entrepreneurship. As you read his brief testimony below, the question for readers here is – did Tim represent what you think is best for the entrepreneurial economy? Weigh in below […]

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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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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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Member Spotlight: Tom Pincince

Tom Pincince, CEO of Digital Lumens, joined PBLN this fall. He was part of the CEO Summit and recently hosted an Energy and Environment Working Group meeting. We chatted with Tom to find out more about how Digital Lumens is driving energy efficiency and cost savings for businesses, as well as what issues he thinks […]

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