Friday, October 16, 2009

Introducing the P-BLOG: For & about the ideas of Progressive Business Leaders committed to socially and environmentally responsible economic growth and the public policies that advance it.

The Progressive Business Leaders Network (PBLN) is emerging as a new voice and new force for innovation and engagement among CEOs and top business leaders. PBLN business leaders represent diverse sectors, backgrounds and business modelsThe aim of PBLN is to help “invent a more sustainable economy” that fosters economic growth, lasting and shared prosperity and 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. There is no time for "business as usual." We bring progressive business leaders together with their peers and with shapers of public policy from government, think-tanks and academia. As a result, CEOs, top officers and other business leaders find their own ways of contributing to the development of progressive public policies and thoughtful public-private partnerships.

PBLN has an agenda for change that we fully intend to share for the education of our business communities, policy makers and the general public. 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. We measure our success by our impact on those individuals who participate, and by our impact on the world around us.

You can expect to read in this space about issues and people that are driving a progressive approach to  to public policy and business practices. We want to highlight examples of leadership, innovation and progress in order to inspire entrepreneurs and executives, investors and inventors to make contributing to the development of thoughtful public policy their business. Join us at the PBLN Summit at the JFK Presidential Library in Boston on November 20th called "Business Leadership and Public Policy: Inventing a More Sustainable Economy." Details are available at
Please feel free to let us know what you think, and how you would like to participate by commenting here or emailing On behalf of our Board of Directors, Officers, members and sponsors, thank you for your interest in PBLN. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Videos from the PBLN Summit

The PBLN’s Education Working Group presents:
Innovation for All Students: Transforming K-12 Educational Opportunity

Moderator: Paul Sagan, President & CEO, Akamai Technologies

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

The PBLN’s Energy & Environment / Housing & Economic Development Working Groups presents
Putting a Price on Carbon: The Business of Climate Change

Moderator: Mitchell G. Tyson

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

The PBLN’s Healthcare & Life Sciences Working Group presents:
Health Reform and Cost Containment: The Next Frontier

Moderator: James R. Roosevelt, Jr.
Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, Massachusetts Secretary of Health & Human Services

Robert Kuttner, Founder & Co-Editor, The American Prospect

Paul F. Levy, President & CEO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Philip Edmundson, President & CEO, William Gallagher Associates & Chair, Mass ACT (Affordable Care Today) Coalition

Dr. Gene Lindsey, President and CEO, Atrius Health

Richard Pops, President & CEO, Alkermes

The PBLN presents:
The US Senate Candidates Forum

Introduction: Jack Manning, President & CEO, Boston Capital Corporation
Moderator: Robert Kuttner, Co-Editor, The American Prospect*
Alan Khazei, Co-Founder, City Year, & CEO, Be the Change, Inc.

Michael Capuano, U.S. Congressman – D (MA)

Stephen Pagliuca, Managing Partner, Bain Capital, & Co-Owner, Boston Celtics

Jack E. Robinson, General Counsel, Benistar