Tuesday, September 16, 2008

PBLN Board of Directors

PBLN Honorary Co-Chairs


James Roosevelt, Jr.
President & CEO
Tufts Health Plan


Steve Grossman
Chairman
Grossman Marketing Group


PBLN Co-Chairs


Dr. Joshua Boger
Founder & CEO (retired)
Vertex Pharmaceuticals


Jeffrey J. Bussgang
General Partner
Flybridge Capital Partners


Chris Gabrieli
Chairman, 
Massachusetts 2020






Board of Directors


David Belluck
Managing Partner 
Riverside Partners LLC


President & CEO
Sustainability Roundtable, Inc.


Cheryl Cronin, Esq. 
Partner 
Cronin & Leonard LLP
Co-Managing Partner
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
President & CEO 
Eduventures, Inc.
Chairman & CEO
William Gallagher Associates, Inc.
President & CEO
Glasshouse Technologies
Co-founder and former CEO
eScription, Inc.
Former Managing Principal & CFO 
Analysis Group, Inc.
President & CEO 
Communispace Corporation
Entrepreneur in Residence
Harvard Business School


Gloria Cordes Larson
President 

Bentley University


Sandy Lish
Founder & Principal
The Castle Group, Inc.
President & CEO
Boston Capital Corporation


Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor 
Harvard Business School
President & CEO
Akamai Technologies
President
Eos Foundation
Senior Vice President, New Boston Fund, Inc., & President, Urban Strategy America Fund, L.P.
CEO & Director 
Advanced Electron Beams

PBLN Executive Officers

PBLN President Tom Dretler (CEO, Eduventures, Inc.) and
PBLN Executive Director Andrew Tarsy
Executive Director:

President:
President & CEO,
Eduventures, Inc.

Vice President:
Beverly A. Armstrong
General Counsel & CCO,
Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

General Counsel:
Partner
Cronin & Leonard

Treasurer:
Vice President &
Director of Corporate Communications,
Boston Capital Corporation

Secretary:
Tim Kirk
Senior Director - Financial Services,
Vertica Systems

Policy Advisor:
Chris Pinney
Director of Research and Policy, The Center for Corporate Citizenship
Carroll School of Management, Boston College




Frequently Asked Questions

1) What is the Progressive Business Leaders Network (PBLN)?
PBLN is a non-profit, peer-to-peer, educational organization of top executives of for-profit corporations. PBLN, Inc. is incorporated in Massachusetts as a non-profit and has filed for tax exempt status pursuant to section 501(c)3 of the federal tax code.

2) What does PBLN do?
We educate and empower progressive business leaders to engage with one another and with policy-makers at annual conferences in Boston and Washington, DC as well as through a year-round program of events and activities. Our aim is to have an impact on the individuals who participate and on the world around us.

3) Does PBLN have a special focus or expertise?
The PBLN expertise is on bringing top business leaders and policy-shapers together to work on developing and articulating creative solutions to our society’s toughest challenges. Those who participate bring a wide range of perspectives and a wide range of expertise; but they generally have a shared vision of economic growth and social and economic justice.

4) Does PBLN engage in partisan politics?
No. We are a non-partisan organization.

5) Does PBLN 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.

6) Does PBLN engage in lobbying?
PBLN engages in activities around public issues in a manner that is consistent with our 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit status.

7) Does the PBLN endorse candidates for office or engage in fundraising for candidates for political office?
No.

8) Do I have to be a CEO or top officer to participate in PBLN activities?
No. Our conferences, working group programs and other activities are not restricted to CEOs and top officers though some programs and sessions might be.

PBLN Calendar

10/27/09 Massachusetts Economic Summit at the Federal Reserve Bank

11/20/09 Presenting the Progressive Business Leaders Network’s Summit at the JFK Presidential Library: "Business Leadership and Public Policy: Inventing a More Sustainable Economy" (Boston, MA)
The Progressive Business Leaders Network

12/10/2009 PBLN Board of Directors Winter Meeting
The Progressive Business Leaders Network


Energy & Environment Working Group

Chair Mitch Tyson, CEO of Advanced Electron Beams, Inc. and Coordinator Roger Freeman, CEO, Solventerra LLC, lead this group. It has addressed the economics of wind energy, the impact of buildings on the environment, and increasing energy access, efficiency and affordability. Their current focus is the role business can play in addressing climate change and the economic and environmental implications of doing nothing.
PBLN Energy/Environment Coordinator Roger Freeman, CEO of
Solventerra LLC, a renewable energy development & consulting firm. 
Previously, Roger was CEO of Citizens Wind, a for-profit wind
division of Citizens Energy. He was also EVP/COO of Citizens Energy.

Energy/Environment & Housing/Economic Development Policy Statement
Progressive business leaders are committed to supporting strategies and policies both within our companies and our society that move us toward a more sustainable future, where we strive to harmonize our activity with our environment in our communities, in our country and throughout the world.





Putting a Price on Carbon: The Business of Climate Change
At the fall 2009 PBLN Summit, members of the Energy & Environment Working Group met for a discussion moderated by Mitchell G. Tyson featuring panelists:
Martin Madaus, President & CEO, Millipore Corporation
Patti Prairie, President & CEO, Brighter Planet
Jay Kaufman, Massachusetts State Representative
Nick D’Arbeloff, Executive Director, New England Clean Energy Council



Values Statement
PBLN Energy/Environment Chair Mitch Tyson
is CEO of Advanced Electron Beams and former Science
Advisor to US Senator Paul Tsongas
Progressive business leaders understand that our planet, our society and the economy are inexorably intertwined. The nexus between energy and the environment exemplifies this interdependence. Energy makes our society and economy possible, but the way we currently take, make, use and waste energy is damaging our environment. Simply put, our biosphere is breaking down. We are collectively overwhelming the earth’s natural cyclic processes and capabilities to recycle; regenerate and replenish itself. To restore equilibrium, our society and economy must become sustainable. Accordingly, progressive business leaders are committed to supporting strategies and policies both within our companies and our society that move us toward a more sustainable future, where we strive to harmonize our activity with our environment in our communities, in our country and throughout the world.

Policy Statement: Confronting Carbon Pollution and Energy Price Inflation
Recognizing the potentially catastrophic threat that global warming and climate change present to our environment, our society and the economy, we, the Progressive Business Leaders Network, support the following policy positions:
  1. We support putting a put a price on carbon emissions, and allowing market forces to raise the price of carbon emitting forms of energy, thus stimulating the necessary shifts in our society and economy
  2. We support policies that anticipate and correct imperfections in that market-based strategy in order to protect workers and small businesses and to facilitate innovation in alternative energy industries 
  3. We support the Waxman-Markey bill -- American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES Act), H.R. 2454 passed by the US House of Representatives in June 2009 as a baseline for energy legislation and encourage passage of legislation consistent with that bill and the provisions set out below 
  4. We support the adoption of comprehensive climate legislation that includes: 
    1. A cap and trade system for pricing and reducing carbon emissions that reduces USA carbon emissions to meet internationally agreed average per capita emissions for OECD (www.oecd.org) countries by 2050 
    2. Auction of substantial majority of emissions allowances, with auction proceeds directed to ameliorate the negative impacts of pricing carbon pollution, provide funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and transition assistance for adversely affected worker; remaining allowances distributed at discretion of executive branch agencies 
    3. Incentives to stimulate energy innovation and renewable energy, including a national Renewable Portfolio Standard 
  5. We support aggressive action by the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate Carbon as a pollutant 
  6. We believe that as the leading emitter of Carbon into the Atmosphere, the United States has a moral obligation to take the lead in developing global emissions standards 
  7. We support the steps taken by Governor Deval Patrick and the Massachusetts legislature to put Massachusetts at the forefront of state and regional efforts to address global climate change, to support renewable energy, to create “green” jobs and communities, and to build a “cleantech” cluster in Massachusetts to foster innovation and transition to a more sustainable economy
The above policy statement reflects the position of PBLN. This position was developed by the PBLN Energy/Environment & Housing/Economic Development Working Groups and adopted by the PBLN Board of Directors. We encourage individual business leaders to “opt-in” by signing on to our policy statements, which PBLN may use publicly to advance awareness of our position. If you would like to opt-in and sign on to any or all of these three policy statements, you may do so by emailing PBLN Director of Operations Aaron Chalek at aaron@pbln.org.

Education Working Group

PBLN Education Working Group Chair Gloria Larson
led a group of 25 senior business leaders to the Burke High School
 in Boston. She is here (L) with Burke Headmaster Lindsa McIntyre.
Chaired by Gloria Larson, President of Bentley University, this group has addressed topics such as Civic Engagement and Workforce Development. Their current focus is K-12 education reform in Massachusetts.

Education Policy Statement
PBLN supports passage of education reforms that bring access to innovation and excellence for all students from cradle to college. We view these innovations in education as essential contributions to the invention of a sustainable, competitive economy defined by shared and lasting opportunity and prosperity.

Innovation for All Students:
Transforming K-12 Educational Opportunity


At the fall 2009 PBLN Summit, members of PBLN's Education Working Group met for a discussion moderated by Paul Sagan, President & CEO, Akamai Technologies and featuring panelists:
Paul Reville, Massachusetts Secretary of Education
Anne Wass, President, Massachusetts Teachers Association
Christopher Gabrieli, Chairman, Massachusetts2020 Foundation
Paul Grogan, President & CEO, The Boston Foundation
Jonah Edelman, co-Founder &CEO, Stand for Children


Values Statement

There is nothing more important for securing our future than the education of our children. The achievement gap along racial and economic lines in the United States is a reflection of grave social injustice and must be addressed as a top educational priority. The risk of education in the United States falling behind the educational standards of other leading nations presents both a moral and strategic imperative. We believe that the business community has an important role to play in addressing complex social sector issues like education; and we are committed to empowering innovative thinkers and education entrepreneurs to create new possibilities for children. It is in this spirit that PBLN supports passage of education reforms that bring access to innovation and excellence for all students from cradle to college. At the same time we view these innovations in education as essential contributions to the invention of a sustainable, competitive economy defined by shared and lasting opportunity and prosperity.

Policy Statement
  1. We support all public schools, including charter schools
  2. We support policies that seek to ensure that all public schools, including charter schools, reach out to and include in innovative programs the various populations of students that have historically been under-represented in such programs
  3. We support bringing innovative models to the children and teachers most in need of our attention because of the challenges facing the most underperforming schools
  4. We support the development of innovative models within local school districts, whether they are put together by teachers, by local district administrators, by the state or by a combination of all of these valued members of the education community
  5. Specifically, we support the package of K-12 education innovations and reforms filed by Governor Deval Patrick in Massachusetts, captured in the two pieces of legislation entitled, An Act Establishing Readiness Schools and An Act Relative to Charter Schools
  6. We urge policy makers and business leaders to support additional innovation ideas including extended learning time for children at all levels and a comprehensive effort on excellence in education from cradle to college.
The above policy statement reflects the position of PBLN. This position was developed by the PBLN Education Group and adopted by the PBLN Board of Directors. We encourage individual business leaders to “opt-in” by signing on to our policy statements, which PBLN may use publicly to advance awareness of our position. If you would like to opt-in and sign on to any or all of PBLN's policy statements, you may do so by emailing PBLN Director of Operations Aaron Chalek at aaron@pbln.org.

Economic Development & Housing Working Group

PBLN Co-Founder Jim Boyle (CEO, Sustainability Roundtable, Inc.)
at the 2010 Washington Summit with Chris Colbert (Managing
Principal, Holland Mark) looking on from the left
Led by Chair Tom O’Brien, Managing Partner of JPI Northeast, and Coordinator by Sean Sacks, Assistant Vice President of the New Boston Fund, this group has discussed such topics as the “smart growth” plan to address the available and affordable housing crisis, public-private partnerships that have led to innovative development successes, and issues surrounding housing production and the policies required to ensure the health of this key driver of economic growth. Currently they are focused on issues of affordable housing as well as the economic development opportunities – necessities – presented by climate change and the policy response to it.


Values Statement
Progressive business leaders understand that our planet, our society and the economy are inexorably intertwined. The nexus between energy and the environment exemplifies this interdependence. Energy makes our society and economy possible, but the way we currently take, make, use and waste energy is damaging our environment. Simply put, our biosphere is breaking down. We are collectively overwhelming the earth’s natural cyclic processes and capabilities to recycle; regenerate and replenish itself. To restore equilibrium, our society and economy must become sustainable. Accordingly, progressive business leaders are committed to supporting strategies and policies both within our companies and our society that move us toward a more sustainable future, where we strive to harmonize our activity with our environment in our communities, in our country and throughout the world.

Policy Statement: Confronting Carbon Pollution and Energy Price Inflation
Recognizing the potentially catastrophic threat that global warming and climate change present to our environment, our society and the economy, we, the Progressive Business Leaders Network, support the following policy positions:
  1. We support putting a put a price on carbon emissions, and allowing market forces to raise the price of carbon emitting forms of energy, thus stimulating the necessary shifts in our society and economy
  2. We support policies that anticipate and correct imperfections in that market-based strategy in order to protect workers and small businesses and to facilitate innovation in alternative energy industries 
  3. We support the Waxman-Markey bill -- American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES Act), H.R. 2454 passed by the US House of Representatives in June 2009 as a baseline for energy legislation and encourage passage of legislation consistent with that bill and the provisions set out below 
  4. We support the adoption of comprehensive climate legislation that includes: 
    1. A cap and trade system for pricing and reducing carbon emissions that reduces USA carbon emissions to meet internationally agreed average per capita emissions for OECD (www.oecd.org) countries by 2050 
    2. Auction of substantial majority of emissions allowances, with auction proceeds directed to ameliorate the negative impacts of pricing carbon pollution, provide funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and transition assistance for adversely affected worker; remaining allowances distributed at discretion of executive branch agencies 
    3. Incentives to stimulate energy innovation and renewable energy, including a national Renewable Portfolio Standard 
  5. We support aggressive action by the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate Carbon as a pollutant 
  6. We believe that as the leading emitter of Carbon into the Atmosphere, the United States has a moral obligation to take the lead in developing global emissions standards 
  7. We support the steps taken by Governor Deval Patrick and the Massachusetts legislature to put Massachusetts at the forefront of state and regional efforts to address global climate change, to support renewable energy, to create “green” jobs and communities, and to build a “cleantech” cluster in Massachusetts to foster innovation and transition to a more sustainable economy
The above policy statement reflects the position of PBLN. This position was developed by the PBLN Energy/Environment & Housing/Economic Development Working Groups and adopted by the PBLN Board of Directors. We encourage individual business leaders to “opt-in” by signing on to our policy statements, which PBLN may use publicly to advance awareness of our position. If you would like to opt-in and sign on to any or all of these three policy statements, you may do so by emailing PBLN Director of Operations Aaron Chalek at aaron@pbln.org.

PBLN…

Communispace CEO Diane Hessan moderates a discussion
with Congressmen Barney Frank and Mike Capuano.
  • Educates and empowers CEOs and top officers of for-profit companies.
  • PBLN leaders strengthen their own business leadership and help policy-makers find lasting solutions to challenging problems.
  • Invests in CEOs and top officers because their views are often not represented by the goals of traditional business organizations.
  • Is a cross-sector organization and not representative of the interests of a single industry or issue.
  • Focuses on business practices AND public policies out of the belief that the two are inextricably linked.

Mission

PBLN’s mission is to promote the best practices of business leaders committed to socially and environmentally responsible economic growth and the public policies that advance it.

Philosophy
The aim of PBLN is to help “invent a more sustainable economy” that fosters lasting and shared prosperity as well as social and environmental justice. This ambition requires business leaders to engage in a new way with each other and with shapers of public policy around the challenges of our times.
PBLN in the halls of the US Capitol

Short-sighted business practices have damaged our economy and communities. If “business as usual” continues, we are concerned that the good jobs, health, and opportunity that define the American ideal are unnecessarily at risk. PBLN seeks to enrich the public understanding of what is “good for business” as well as what is good for the planet, good for our communities and good for our country.

We believe progressive means supporting ideas that are backed by research, data and insight that run ahead of conventional wisdom. We believe sustainable means fostering economic growth that brings shared and lasting prosperity and also advances social and environmental justice.

Activities
Two annual signature conferences educate business leaders and provide a forum for discussion across industries;

A year-round calendar of engaging education and action programs run by our Working Groups (Energy & Environment, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Education and Economic Development & Housing).

PBLN Statement of Values
Although PBLN Members value diversity of opinion as a catalyst of innovation, PBLN Members believe:
  • Fiscal discipline is a cornerstone of responsible public policy.
  • There is a need for greater social, economic and environmental justice.
  • Healthy economic growth is both robust and environmentally sustainable.
  • Governments are indispensable regulators of fair, transparent and sustainable markets.
  • Private sector leaders have a unique ability and, therefore, responsibility to contribute to public policies that promote healthy economic growth, effective government and greater social justice.
  • Public and private sector leaders should partner to develop policies which encourage commercial ventures that have clear social and environmental benefits (such as affordable health care, affordable housing and “green” technologies).

Friday, August 29, 2008

Policy Statements

The following policy statements reflect the position of PBLN. The positions were developed by PBLN Working Groups and adopted by the PBLN Board of Directors. We encourage individual business leaders to “opt-in” by signing on to our policy statements, which PBLN may use publicly to advance awareness of our position.

If you would like to opt-in and sign on to any or all of these policy statements, you may do so by emailing PBLN Director of Operations Aaron Chalek at aaron@pbln.org.

PBLN Healthcare/Life Sciences Policy Statement
Values Statement
As progressive business leaders, we believe Massachusetts should continue to lead the nation as an innovator in health, health care and life sciences. To that end:
  1. We stand by the Massachusetts model for health reform achieving near universal coverage; and we are committed to universal health care as a right, not a privilege for all Americans 
  2. We support policies for cost containment in order to make universal coverage a sustainable and affordable reality 
  3. We support polices that promote innovation in health care and life sciences
  4. We support policies that enhance the health of all our citizens including strategies to promote health care quality and disease prevention 
  5. We support policies that address disparities in access to/quality of healthcare for the disadvantaged, racial/ethnic minorities and those with economic barriers to access. 
Read more - Policy Statement: Healthcare Cost Containment via Payment Reform

PBLN Energy/Environment & Housing/Economic Development Policy Statement
Values Statement
Progressive business leaders understand that our planet, our society and the economy are inexorably intertwined. The nexus between energy and the environment exemplifies this interdependence. Energy makes our society and economy possible, but the way we currently take, make, use and waste energy is damaging our environment. Simply put, our biosphere is breaking down. We are collectively overwhelming the earth’s natural cyclic processes and capabilities to recycle; regenerate and replenish itself. To restore equilibrium, our society and economy must become sustainable. Accordingly, progressive business leaders are committed to supporting strategies and policies both within our companies and our society that move us toward a more sustainable future, where we strive to harmonize our activity with our environment in our communities, in our country and throughout the world.

Read more - Policy Statement: Confronting Carbon Pollution and Energy Price Inflation

PBLN Education Policy Statement
Values Statement
There is nothing more important for securing our future than the education of our children. The achievement gap along racial and economic lines in the United States is a reflection of grave social injustice and must be addressed as a top educational priority. The risk of education in the United States falling behind the educational standards of other leading nations presents both a moral and strategic imperative. We believe that the business community has an important role to play in addressing complex social sector issues like education; and we are committed to empowering innovative thinkers and education entrepreneurs to create new possibilities for children. It is in this spirit that PBLN supports passage of education reforms that bring access to innovation and excellence for all students from cradle to college. At the same time we view these innovations in education as essential contributions to the invention of a sustainable, competitive economy defined by shared and lasting opportunity and prosperity.

Read more - Policy Statement: Education