Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors

Mitch Tyson/Advanced Electron Beams, Inc.
Paul Sagan/Akamai Technologies, Inc.
Diane Hessan/Communispace

David Belluck
General Partner, Riverside Partners, LLC.
Jeff Bussgang
Paul and Joanne Egerman

Chris Gabrieli
Janet Kraus and Jim Giebutowski

Norm Gorin
Jack Manning

Sarah Shugars
Sarah Shugars Communication

Friday, March 26, 2010

Business Leadership and Public Policy:
"Inventing a More  Sustainable Economy"

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Capitol Visitor Center, Room 215
U.S. Capitol Building
Washington, DC

9:00 - 10:00Registration, Coffee and Networking Reception
10:00 – 10:30Welcome and Call to Action
Thomas Dretler, PBLN President & CEO, Eduventures, Inc.
& Andrew Tarsy, PBLN Executive Director
10:30 – 11:45“Pricing Carbon for Competitiveness, Growth and Jobs”
(Presented together with the Progressive Policy Institute’s E3 Initiative)

Remarks by Chair, House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA)
Moderator: Mitch Tyson, CEO, Advanced Electron Beams
Will Marshall, President, Progressive Policy Institute
Melanie Nakagawa, Professional Staff Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
11:45 - 12:15Networking Break
12:15Beginning of Lunch Session
12:15 – 12:45Keynote Presentation, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)
Introduction: David Belluck, General Partner, Riverside Partners LLC
12:45 – 2:00Lunch Session - “The Role of Business in the Healthcare Reform Debate and Innovation Opportunities in Implementation”
Introduction: Joshua Boger, Founder & former CEO, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Moderator: Shailagh Murray, National Politics Reporter, Washington Post
Maria Ghazal, Director of Public Policy & Counsel, Business Roundtable
Neera Tanden, COO, Center for American Progress
Paul Egerman, Former CEO, eScription, Member US Department of Health & Human Services Health IT Policy Committee

Respondent: Jim Roosevelt, CEO, Tufts Health Plan
2:15 – 3:15“How School Reform Can Help Drive Growth and Opportunity”
Moderator: Gloria Larson, President, Bentley University
Peter Cunningham, Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education
Paul Sagan, CEO, Akamai Technologies
Lindsay Hunsicker, Senior Education Policy Advisor for Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY)

Respondent: Tom Dretler, President & CEO, Eduventures, Inc.
3:15 – 3:30Coffee/Networking Break
3:30 – 4:15 “Financial Market Regulation After the Financial Crisis – Protecting Access to Capital and the Future of Innovation”
Moderator: Diane Hessan, CEO, Communispace
House Financial Services Chair U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)
U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano (D-MA)
4:15 – 5:15Briefing with Senior White House Policy Advisors
“Calibrating the Role of Government to Support Job Growth”

Introduction: Jim Matheson, General Partner, Flagship Ventures
Jared Bernstein, Chief Economist and Economic Policy Advisor to
Vice President Joseph Biden
Terrell McSweeny, Domestic Policy Advisor to Vice President Joseph Biden
5:15 - 5:20Closing Remarks
Andrew Tarsy, Executive Director, PBLN
5:30 - 6:45Reception – Cannon House Office Building, Room 122
Introduction: Jeffrey Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners
Remarks by Special Guests U.S. Rep Paul Hodes (D-NH) and U.S. Rep Jim Langevin (D-RI)
7:00Dinner at Charlie Palmer Steakhouse


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Business Leadership - Going Solar in Southeast Massachusetts

PBLN member George Matouk, President and CEO of John Matouk & Co., a company manufacturing fine linens in Fall River, Massachusetts, has been doing the unexpected for a long time. George is a visionary and has transformed a legacy business with his own set of 21st century business skills, honed at Columbia Business School. He is not only creating good jobs in manufacturing, but now is about to unveil an 84 kw solar-powered energy system on the roof of Matouk's Fall River factory. 

Made possible by a partnership with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's "Commonwealth Solar" initiative  and federal government programs, Matouk reports that "the new system will reduce carbon emissions by 176,022 pounds of CO2 annually. This is equivalent to the emissions from an average passenger car driving 336,373 miles every year for thirty years, and the CO2 that would be removed by planting 70 acres of trees."

Matouk also says, "This system will also reduce Nitrogen oxide emissions by 15,300 pounds over the life of the system—nitrogen oxides are a major contributor to smog and air induced respiratory problems.”

According to Matouk, the solar system has already generated power since January, and can be monitored through a special reporting site set up at this link by Borrego Solar Systems, the Lowell, Massachusetts-based company that designed and installed it. At the link you can see how much energy the system is producing in real time.