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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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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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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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Change, but no revolution, at the Chamber of Commerce

Boston Globe, Opinion, 4/5/16 BACKING A BILL to prevent transgender discrimination? That’s easy. Backing new taxes? That’s hard. If James Rooney, CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, really wants his organization to be more cutting edge — as he told the Globe’s Jon Chesto — he should cut against the grain of classic, […]

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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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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 Holds Meeting of the Minds on Youth Voter Turnout

Metro, Boston, 1/19/16   With the March 1 state primary around the corner and the deadline for voter registration fast approaching (the cutoff is Wednesday, Feb. 10), get-out-the-vote efforts in Boston are gaining momentum. On Wednesday, a group of experts on the subject plan to gather at the Cambridge Innovation Center’s location on Milk Street […]

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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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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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Hacking Immigration – The Global EIR Coalition

By Jeff Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Our immigration reform system is broken. That isn’t new news. There is now a fix for high-skilled, immigration entrepreneurs that can be implemented TODAY with no legislation required. That is new news. And it has the potential to break through the political logjam. Only 85,000 H1-B visas are […]

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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 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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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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A Revenue-Neutral Approach to Pricing Carbon in Massachusetts

A Revenue-Neutral Approach to Pricing Carbon in Massachusetts Leading innovation CEOs, investors and entrepreneurs participated in the Alliance for Business Leadership’s 8th annual CEO Summit on Sustainable Business in Boston on October 22nd.  Pricing carbon at a state level, similar to a policy implemented in British Columbia with the support of the business community there, […]

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Health & Wellness: Vital to Employee Engagement

By: Norm Gorin (norm@theidiet.com), CEO of Instinct Health Science, Inc.- a Weston, MA based workplace wellness company. At the Alliance’s Fall CEO Summit, participants began a conversation about Sustainably Engaged Employees.  Critical to this topic is how employers can efficiently help advance the health and wellbeing of employees.  One particular opportunity for employers to help employees in a manner that […]

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Sustainable Business Practices: Got Engaged Employees?

By: Mari Ryan, MBA, MHP, CEO of AdvancingWellness- a Watertown, MA based workplace health promotion and well-being consulting firm. At the Alliance for Business Leadership’s Fall CEO Summit on Sustainable Business, we began the conversation about the benefits of a sustainably engaged workforce and links to well-being. The theme of this year’s Summit was Growing […]

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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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140 Top Business Leaders Agree on Clearing the Path for Women

Gathering at MIT on Wednesday, June 11, Boston business leaders from the banking, tech, service, biomedical, and many other sectors agreed that the time has come for action on closing the gender wage gap, and increasing the number of women on boards. Alliance leaders Jim Roosevelt, CEO of Tufts Health Plan, and Trish Karter, Co-founder […]

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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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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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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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ABL Special Documentary Screening: “Beyond the Wall”

    Please join the Alliance for a screening of the film, “Beyond the Wall”, the acclaimed documentary about life after incarceration. Followed by a conversation on our criminal justice system with Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, filmmakers Bestor Cram and Jenny Phillips, and Lowell House Inc. case manager and film subject Louie Diaz.   Registration will start […]

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