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Millionaire tax will put Massachusetts back on track

Boston Globe, June 6, 2017 WE ALL WANT a future for our Commonwealth in which our economy continues to grow, the great quality of life enjoyed by some of us is enjoyed by all of us, and our young people in every community have the opportunity to reach their potential. Building that future requires that […]

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My New Year’s Resolution

Jamaica Plain News, 12/12/16 This past Thursday Mayor Walsh released a new report with the latest predictions on how we can expect climate change to impact our city. The picture isn’t pretty. Though Jamaica Plain will escape the brunt of the impacts connected to rising sea levels, the consequences for our neighborhood will still be […]

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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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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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Powerful Lobby Does Not Speak for Entire Mass. Business Community

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

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Transgender Accommodations Law is Good for The Business Community

Boston Business Journal, Opinion, 9/23/16 

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Why We Need To Be Like NYC

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

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Drought is Bad for Business

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

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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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How our disaster relief system forces foolish decisions

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

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Non-Competes and Hamilton

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

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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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Family Leave, Wage Gap Must Also Be Atop Agenda

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

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Guns Made Mateen The Most Successful Terrorist Since 9/11

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

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Time for vision at the MBTA

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

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Fueling Energy Debate

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

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Moving Up in the Workplace: A Women Take on Success

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

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Get Money Out of Politics, Get Young People in

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

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Don’t Send Foreign Entrepreneurs Packing

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

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Late-night MBTA Service Crucial to Economic Growth and Justice

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

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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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Envisioning a Far Reaching Impact for All Among Us

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

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

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

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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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The Global Entrepreneur In Residence Program: An Engine for Economic Growth in Massachusetts

By Jeff Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners I am passionate about the issue of immigration reform.  In my role as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and business school professor, I have watched our dysfunctional immigration system turn away the best and brightest from creating jobs and wealth in America. Two years ago, I had the […]

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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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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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Responding to Friday's Shooting

We at the Alliance for Business Leadership join with the nation in mourning the lives lost in Newtown, CT, and we share the outrage of many over this horrific act, which has once again brought into sharp focus the issue of gun control in the US. In his speech last night, President Obama said we […]

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