Below are some of our most commonly asked questions. If you have any other questions, please contact us and we will get back to you shortly.

What does the Alliance do?

It’s simple: we connect and we lead.

Connecting: We connect progressive business leaders to like-minded peers, establishing a network based on shared values. Then we connect that network with key policymakers and thought leaders so that we can collaborate on developing solutions to long-term social challenges.

Leading: We turn up the volume on the voices of progressive business leaders, and change the perception of where the “business community” stands on issues. We advocate for progressive public policy on Beacon Hill, make ourselves heard in the press, and feature our business leaders at public events in order to advance a socially responsible agenda. Back to Top


What makes the Alliance different?
Two things: 

1. We know how to bring about change. We apply that know-how to big issues like tax fairness, environmental responsibility, pay equity and board diversity, and investing in transportation infrastructure. The Alliance has been a force behind important recent policy changes, including increasing the minimum wage, establishing a state minimum for earned sick time, and creating the Massachusetts Global Entrepreneur in Residence program.

2. We meet you where you are. We understand that business leaders are ridiculously busy. Therefore, everything we do is designed to ensure that our business leaders get maximum value from a minimum investment of time. Come to an Alliance event – it is efficient, meaningful, and on schedule. Work with us to advocate around an issue – we’ll take care of the behind-the-scenes work. Whatever the issue you care about, we offer time-efficient opportunities to advocate for it.  Back to Top


Is the Alliance a regional or national organization? 
We are a statewide organization based in Massachusetts. While our agenda addresses national and even global issues of importance – such as workplace opportunity and environmental responsibility – our efforts to connect and lead progressive business leaders currently center on Massachusetts. Back to Top


What happened to the Progressive Business Leaders Network?
Founded in 2007, the Alliance’s original name was the Progressive Business Leaders Network (PBLN), a reflection of the group’s role in bringing together like-minded leaders interested in articulating new strategies to redefine the role of business in society. As the organization grew and our mission expanded, we selected a new name – the Alliance for Business Leadership – to communicate the collaborative purpose that brings us together as well as our commitment to create a measurable impact on issues. Back to Top


What do I call the organization now?
The full name is “The Alliance for Business Leadership,” but for short – or on second reference in print – it’s just “the Alliance.”  Back to Top


Does the Alliance engage in partisan politics, endorse candidates for office, or engage in fundraising for candidates?
No. We are a non-partisan organization and do not endorse or fundraise for any candidates for office. Back to Top


Does the Alliance take positions on public policy issues?
Yes. For the purpose of educating our members, the business community, public policy makers and the public we will do so on select issues by a vote of our Board of Directors. Back to Top


Does the Alliance engage in lobbying?
The Alliance engages in lobbying to the extent permitted under state laws and our non-profit status. The Alliance is incorporated in Massachusetts as a non-profit and is a tax exempt charitable organization pursuant to section 501(c)3 of the federal tax code
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Do I have to be a CEO or top executive to participate in Alliance activities?
Alliance membership is open to business leaders regardless of rank, title or tenure. As long as you have a commitment to creating sustainable growth and opportunity for everyone in Massachusetts, you will feel at home in the Alliance. Our conferences, education programs and other activities are likewise open to a wide array of business leaders. Please contact Ellie Miller at to discuss your particular area of interest. Back to Top


How do I join the Alliance?
Qualified individuals (CEOs, senior executives, entrepreneurs, and investors) are invited to join the Alliance. Learn more here, or contact us at for more information. Back to Top


Why do you call your members “participating leaders”?
Although a small detail, we know that language has power and we want our words to reflect the fact that each participant in the Alliance is a leader in their own right as well as a leader in our joint efforts. Back to Top


How can I get involved?
We’re so glad you asked. You can learn more about how to get involved here, or call us at (617) 401-2394 to talk with a staff member today. Back to Top


How do I contact you for more information?
Our contact information is listed here, and you can always reach a staff member by emailing info@AllianceBL.orgBack to Top