Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The PBLN Summit on Business Leadership and Public Policy: Inventing a More Sustainable Economy

With the economy and our communities reeling from the effects of short-sighted business practices and public policies, the Progressive Business Leaders Network (PBLN) brought together over 200 CEOs, thought leaders, and top public policy officials on Friday, November 20 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for the PBLN’s Summit on Business Leadership and Public Policy: Inventing a More Sustainable Economy.

The event featured Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, and U.S. Senate Candidates including Congressman Michael Capuano, Alan Khazei, Stephen Pagliuca, and Jack E. Robinson.  Other special guests included Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville, Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, and American Prospect co-founder Robert Kuttner. Joining them were CEOs that included Richard Pops of Alkermes, Janet Kraus of Spire, Martin Madaus of Millipore Corporation, Jim Roosevelt of Tufts Health Plan, Patti Prairie of Brighter Planet, and Paul Sagan of Akamai Technologies

Focusing around the belief that business leaders must be an integral part of the solution to some of our most pressing challenges, the event sparked innovative peer-to-peer engagement and ideas on public policy and business best practices with topics that included:
  • Pricing Carbon to Address Climate Change
  • How to build more Affordable Housing
  • Economic Development that Creates Jobs
  • Healthcare Reform and Cost Containment
  • Innovation in K-12 Education
  • Clean Tech and Life Sciences Cluster Development
  • Technology Companies And Public Policy
  • Zero Taxes for Zero Net-Energy Buildings
  • Measuring the Corporate Carbon Footprint

Presenters Included
Laura Bartsch, Principal, Millville Partners
Noah Berger, Executive Director Mass. Budget & Policy Center
JudyAnn Bigby, Secretary of Health and Human Services (MA)
Tina Brooks, Undersecretary of Housing/Economic Development (MA)
Jeffrey Bussgang, Partner Flybridge Capital Partners
US Representative Michael Capuano, US Senate Candidate (MA)
Glen Comiso, Exec. Director, Mass. Life Sciences Collaborative
Justin Dangel, CEO, Consumer United
Nick D'Arbeloff, President, NE Clean Energy Council
Tom Dretler, President & CEO, Eduventures, Inc.
Jonah Edelman, CEO, Stand for Children
Phil Edmundson, CEO William Gallagher Associates
Paul Egerman, CEO Egerman Associates
Chris Gabrieli, Chairman, Mass 2020
Paul Grogan, President & CEO, The Boston Foundation
Winston Henderson, Vice President & General Counsel, Surface Logix
Matthew Henshon, Founding Partner, Henshon Parker
MA State Representative Jay Kaufman (D-Lexington)

Alan Khazei, Founder, City Year, & US Senate Candidate (MA)
Janet Kraus, CEO, Sprire
Robert Kuttner, Founder & Co-Editor The American Prospect
Paul Levy, CEO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Dr. Gene Lindsey, CEO Atrius Health
Martin Madaus, CEO, Millipore
Jack Manning, CEO, Boston Capital Corporation
Brenda McKenzie, Dir. of Economic Development, Boston Redevelopment Authority
Tom O'Brien, Managing Director The HYM Invesment Group
Stephen Pagliuca, US Senate Candidate (MA)
Patti Prairie, CEO Brighter Planet
Richard Pops, Chairman, President & CEO, Alkermes
Paul Reville, Secretary of Education (MA)
Jack E. Robinson, US Senate Candidate (R-MA)
Jim Roosevelt, CEO Tufts Health Plan
Paul Sagan, CEO, Akamai
Mark Shirman, CEO Glasshouse Technologies
Edith Silva, Partner, Next Street Financial
Stephen E. Smith, Jr., Founding Partner, KSS Realty Group
US Representative Niki Tsongas (D-MA)
Mitch Tyson, CEO Advanced Electron Beams
Anne Wass, President, Massachusetts Teachers Association

Brighter Planet: The official Carbon Off-Set Sponsor of the PBLN Summit
PBLN is pleased to be partnering with Brighter Planet, a Vermont-based company that develops products and services to help individuals and companies decrease their impact on the environment. Brighter Planet is the official Carbon Offset Sponsor of the PBLN Summit and will be purchasing carbon offsets on behalf of the PBLN to help create a carbon-neutral conference.