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Friday, July 23, 2010

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

PBLN Supports Adoption of Common Core Standards in Massachusetts as "a step toward innovation and excellence for all teachers and students."

The Progressive Business Leaders Network (PBLN) is pleased to publicly support adoption of the Common Core Standards by the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. 

PBLN supports the position of Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville and the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education that the Common Core standards provide far more than adequate rigor, flexibility, independence and quality to ensure Massachusetts remains a national leader in education of our children. Together with the landmark education reforms of January 2010, the adoption of the Common Core standards will dramatically increase the prospect of innovation and excellence reaching all teachers and students in the Commonwealth in the days ahead.

The hard work never ends on education reform, and as Secretary Reville said at a PBLN briefing this morning at Eduventures, Inc. in Boston, if reforming education was simple we would have completed the job long ago. PBLN and its members look forward to the next round of discussion on closing not only the achievement gap, which requires urgent and innovative attention; but also what Secretary Reville calls the "inspiration gap" whereby children need the motivation and excitement about learning that can only be enhanced by better prepared teachers and more innovative models of learning.

An impartial study that concluded Massachusetts adoption of Common Core is in the best interest of education reform was commissioned by the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education is here.
And the PBLN policy statement in support of innovation in education is here.

Be sure also to check out the coverage in Mass High Tech of the Common Core standards discussion and the PBLN position.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Joshua Boger, Ph.D                                                                                                                                 
Founder & former CEO

Joshua Boger is the founder of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ: VRTX) and retired as CEO in May 2009.  Prior to founding Vertex in 1989, he worked for more than a decade in pharmaceutical research at Merck, where he developed an international reputation as a leader in the application of computer modeling to the chemistry of drug design and was a pioneer in the use of structure-based rational drug design as the basis for drug discovery programs.  He holds a bachelor of arts in Chemistry and Philosophy from Wesleyan University (Connecticut) and a master's and doctorate degrees in Chemistry from Harvard University. He is the author of over 50 scientific publications, holds 31 issued U.S. patents in pharmaceutical discovery and development, and has lectured widely in the United States, in Europe and in Asia on various aspects of drug discovery, development and commercialization.

He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT), Chairman of the New England Healthcare Institute (a non-profit, healthcare-policy research organization based in Cambridge. MA), Vice-Chair of the Board of Fellows of the Harvard Medical School, Co-Chairman of the Progressive Business Leaders Network (a non-profit, non-partisan business organization) and Chair of the Board of the Celebrity Series (Boston’s premier performing arts series).

He serves on several additional Boards including the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO, where he is Immediate-Past-Chairman), the Harvard Board of Overseers, The Hastings Center (the leading independent bioethics research institute, located in Garrison, NY), the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts Foundation, the Science Advisory Council of WGBH (public broadcasting’s leading station, Boston), the Museum of Science (Boston), the Longy School of Music (Cambridge, MA) Board of Visitors, the Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, the Dean’s Advisory Group of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Harvard College Overseers’ Committee to Visit the Business School and the MIT Corporation Visiting Committees to the Department of Biology and to Whitaker College/Health Sciences & Technology (HST).

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Gloria Cordes Larson                                                                                                                         
Gloria Larson (L) with Lindsa McIntyre of the Burke
High School in Boston
Bentley University
Gloria Cordes Larson, prominent lawyer, public policy expert, and business leader, was elected to the presidency of Bentley University by the Bentley Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2007.

Larson, formerly the Co-chair of the Government Strategies Group at Foley Hoag LLP, managed a practice that covered a broad array of federal, state and local regulatory and business development issues, including real estate development, energy, insurance, environmental permitting, transportation, advertising and internet privacy matters.

She was Secretary of Economic Affairs from 1993 to 1996 and Secretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation from 1991 to 1993, under Massachusetts Governor William Weld. Larson served as an attorney advisor to FTC Commissioner Patricia Bailey from 1981 to 1988, and as the Deputy Director of Consumer Protection at the FTC from 1990 to 1991.

Larson is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA).  In addition she is a board or advisory council member of several prominent professional, charitable and civic organizations, including the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Roger Williams University School of Law, the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, the Massachusetts High Technology Council, the University of Massachusetts Center for Collaborative Leadership, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Rosie’s Place.  Larson was appointed by Governor Mitt Romney in January 2005 to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy Board.

Larson serves as a director of Unum Group and a director of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts. She also serves as Chairman of the Board of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and President of the Massachusetts Conference for Women. She is a member of the Massachusetts and Virginia Bar Associations.

Larson received her bachelor of arts with honors from Vassar College and earned her juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Northeastern University in 2005 and from Mount Wachusett Community College in 2003. She is married to Allen Larson, an attorney.
James Roosevelt, Jr.
President & CEO                                                                                                                                             

Tufts Health Plan                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Mr. Roosevelt joined Tufts Health Plan in 1999 as senior vice president and general counsel and held that position until June 2005, when he became president and chief executive officer. As the general counsel, he presided over the legal department and the company's compliance, privacy and government relations functions.
Mr. Roosevelt was the associate commissioner for Retirement Policy for the Social Security Administration. He is co-chair of the Rules and By-laws Committee of the Democratic National Committee. Mr. Roosevelt spent 10 years as partner at Choate, Hall and Stewart.
Mr. Roosevelt serves as chairman of the board of directors for Massachusetts Association of Health Plans, and on the Board of America's Health Insurance Plans, Emmanuel College and the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center. He is co-chair of the board of directors for the Tufts Health Care Institute. Mr. Roosevelt received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his A.B. with honors in government from Harvard College. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Paul Egerman
Paul Egerman (L) with Jeff Bussgang
Former CEO, eScription; Member, US Department of Health and Human Services Health IT Policy Committee

Paul is a software entrepreneur and has extensive experience and industry leadership in electronic medical records and health care systems. He is the co-Founder and former CEO of eScription, Inc., the pioneer and leader in Computer Aided Medical Transcription. Formerly, Paul was the COO of IDX, a worldwide supplier of administrative and financial solutions for health care organizations. Paul co-founded IDX and grew the company from a start-up to a publicly held corporation with over 2,000 employees and more than $250 million in sales.

Paul currently is a member of the HIT Policy Committee which is an advisory committee established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and provides advice to the Department of Health and Human Services on electronic health records.

In 1991, Paul received Inc. Magazine's "Entrepreneur of the Year" award, and is the past chairman of the Massachusetts Software Council. He currently sits on various Boards including the Massachusetts High Tech Council and the Progressive Business Leaders Network. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

James F. Boyle
President & CEO

Sustainability Roundtable, Inc.
James F BoyleJim Boyle founded Sustainability Roundtable Inc. "SR Inc" after a dozen years advising leading corporations, private equity firms, and fast growth technology based firms as an attorney and commercial real estate consultant. SR Inc has partnered with enterprises leading the global move to more sustainable real estate to introduce the efficiency of member based shared-cost research and consulting on management best practices to the corporate sustainability movement.
Jim worked in corporate advisory services for eight years advising top corporations, fast growth companies, private equity firms and law firms on real estate strategy and implementation. He spent the last six years before founding Sustainability Roundtable Inc. with Trammell Crow Company Corporate Advisory Services. Jim earned his JD at Boston College Law School and before law school served as an aide to Senator John Kerry in Washington DC. Following law school, he served as a federal law clerk and then worked as an attorney at Mintz Levin, a national law firm based in Boston, before moving into corporate advisory services.
Jim received his BA in both English & Political Science from Middlebury College in 1990 and captained the college's football team. He is a Member of the Massachusetts Bar, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), Corporate Real Estate Executives Network (CoreNet), Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), National Association of Industrial & Office Properties (NAIOP), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). He also serves as Learning Chair of CoreNet Global's Sustainability Community. He is one of the principal co-founders of the Progressive Business Leaders Network.
David Belluck
General Partner 
David Belluck (L) with NH Congressman Paul Hodes (D) at
PBLN's May 2010 Washington Summit
Riverside Partners, LLC.

David Belluck has 20 years of experience working with and investing in lower middle market companies at Riverside Partners, where he has been a General Partner since 1992.

Prior to Riverside, David worked at Monitor Group, a business strategy consulting firm. David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, magna cum laude, from Harvard College, and a Master of Business Administration, with distinction, from Harvard Business School.

David is a member of the board of directors of the Kingsley Montessori School and serves as Chair of the school's Capital Campaign. He is also a Director of the Progressive Business Leaders Network.

Mitch Tyson
Mitch Tyson talking energy policy at the
PBLN Washington Summit in May 2010
Advanced Electron Beams, Inc.

A founding member of the PBLN Board of Directors, Mitch Tyson is Co-Chair of our Energy/Environment Working Group.

Mitch joined Advanced Electron Beams (AEB) as CEO and Director in October 2005 upon the completion of the company’s Series A round of venture funding. In October 2010 he became Chairman and stepped down as CEO. AEB supplies compact electron beam emitters that replace thermal and chemical processes, significantly reducing energy consumption and emissions, as well as manufacturing costs, in a broad range of industries including pharmaceutical, medical devices, food and beverage packaging, printing, and plastics.

Prior to joining AEB, Mitch was a corporate consultant and lecturer, serving on multiple industry, government, and corporate boards of directors and advising start-up organizations and venture capital firms. Between 1987 and 2002, Mitch was the CEO of PRI Automation, a publicly traded corporation that supplied automation systems including hardware, software and services for the semiconductor industry. Between 1985 and 1987, Mitch worked at GCA Corporation and from 1979 to 1985, he served as science advisor and legislative assistant for energy to U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas.

Mitch is a co-founder of the New England Clean Energy Council and serves on the Executive Committee of the John Adams Innovation Institute, and the Board of Directors of Photronics, Inc. In October 2008, the Mass High Tech Journal named Mitch a Mass High Tech All-Star for his leadership in and commitment to the clean energy sector. He has a B.S. in Physics and two M.S. degrees in Nuclear Engineering and Political Science, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Andrew Tarsy
Executive Director

Andrew Tarsy is a co-founder and the first professional Executive Director of the Progressive Business Leaders Network. Andy is a proven non-profit leader and public policy professional. For more than a decade has been an advisor and partner for senior business leaders on a range of social, community and policy issues. 

Andy was with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for 8 years, as Executive Director of ADL New England and previously as Eastern States Civil Rights Counsel. Following his departure from ADL, Andy was a senior executive with the international education non-profit Facing History and Ourselves and then served as a Visiting Professional with the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands.

Earlier in his career Andy was a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice, in the Civil Rights Division and the Attorney General's Honors Program. Andy also practiced law with two firms including New York City's Vladeck Waldman and the Boston and New Hampshire offices of Nixon Peabody where he focused on government investigations and established the firm’s first working group on corporate social responsibility.

Andy was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Hate Crimes in 2000 by Governor Jane Swift and the Governor’s Task Force on Public Integrity by Governor Deval Patrick in 2008. He is a graduate of the Roxbury Latin School, Cornell University's College of Arts and Sciences, and the George Washington University School of Law (with honors). 

Andy was named "Lawyer of the Year" in 2007 by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, and in 2008 received the NAACP's Kivie Kaplan Humanitarian Award. He is a senior trainer of law enforcement executives through an ongoing relationship with the Municipal Police Institute and serves on the Board of Directors for Mickey's Kids, a summer camp scholarship program.

Thomas D. Dretler
President and CEO, Eduventures, Inc.
President, PBLN, Inc.

Tom joined Eduventures in 1998 and has been President & CEO since 1999. He is responsible for creating value for Eduventures customers and shareholders through the management and growth of the company. Tom has overseen Eduventures extraordinary evolution from a niche research firm to the leading collaborative research and consulting company in the education field with a worldwide reputation for revolutionizing the process by which educators and administrators acquire and use data to improve institutional strategic planning and decision-making.

Prior to joining the company, he served as Director of a management consulting firm chaired by Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter with a focus on business re-engineering and organizational change. Throughout Tom’s career, he has taken a leadership role in supporting business involvement in public sector issues. In the mid-1990s, he managed a Harvard Business School program on business involvement in public education, welfare-to-work, and urban investment. In the early 1990s, he served as a consultant to former President Jimmy Carter and was responsible for developing public-private partnerships in association with the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.

Tom is also the founding President of the Progressive Business Leaders Network, a peer-to-peer educational organization for CEOs and top officers with the mission to promote the best practices of business leaders committed to socially and environmentally responsible economic growth and the public policies that advance it. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and holds an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School.

Friday, July 16, 2010

July events

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

School Reform in Massachusetts: A Progress Report and the Business Case for Education Innovation "from K to College" with Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville.

8 - 9:45 AM

Eduventures, Inc.
Boston, MA

On behalf of PBLN's Education Working Group, led by Chair Gloria Larson (President, Bentley University), please join PBLN, co-host Boston Rising and media sponsor Mass High Tech

Please join us on Tuesday July 20th from 8:00 - 9:45 AM  at Eduventures, Inc. (101 Federal Street, 12th Floor Boston) for a special summer program that comes at a critical time for important school reforms that have the potential to transform opportunity in Massachusetts.

Secretary Reville (left) with PBLN Co-Chair
Chris Gabrieli at PBLN's 2009 Summit
Paul Reville
Massachusetts Secretary of Education

Hosted by
Tom Dretler
President & CEO Eduventures, Inc.

Host Committee (in formation)
Sandy Lish, Founder/Principal, The Castle Group - Andrea Silbert, President, Eos Foundation - Winston Henderson, VP/General Counsel, Surface Logix - Beverly Armstrong, VP/General Counsel, Paratek Pharmaceutical - Roger Freeman, Principal, Solventerra - Matt Henshon, Founder/Partner Henshon Parker LLP - Peter Welsh, Executive Vice President, Suffolk Construction - Katrina Iserman, Director, State Government Relations & Public Affairs, Pfizer, Inc.

Thank you to our co-host Boston Rising and our media sponsor:

Reserving your seat: PBLN members should RSVP by emailing PBLN Director of Operations Aaron Chalek at aaron@pbln.org. Non-member registration can be found here.

This forum will also be able to be viewed live online. Check back shortly for updates.

To learn more, read PBLN's position statement on Education and see PBLN's Blogposts on our work
in education policy here.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

CNBC Says Massachusetts is 5th Best State for Business; Texas Nabs 1st

A  CNBC Special Report ranks the 50 states seeking to answer the question, "what states are the best places to do business?" Texas came in first, and Massachusetts, which is of particular interest to many readers of this blog, came in 5th.

PBLN member Jim Matheson is a partner with Cambridge's Flagship
 Ventures, a firm at the heart of the investor community that earned
 Massachusetts high marks from CNBC for "access to capital"
For the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this high ranking runs contrary to lots of the rhetoric and to some extent, mythology about taxes and regulation in the state as well as the high cost of living. The data gathered on Massachusetts for the study placed Massachusetts 5th among the 50 states, up from 8th last year. The state was ranked #1 on Education and #2 for Access to Capital as well as #3 in Technology and Innovation. On its face, this ranking has to reflect something positive about the economy in Massachusetts and the breadth of categories that scored high suggests something is worth really examining. Coming in the middle of a heated election cycle this high profile accolade is sure to generate media attention and a wide range of reactions. Governor Deval Patrick's predictable enthusiasm has already been questioned by his Republican opponent Charlie Baker who raised doubts about the high ranking, pointing out that Massachusetts was ranked 39th in "Cost of Doing Business." 

CNBC added to the debate by pointing out Massachusetts had a wide range of rankings scattered around the 1 to 50 scale of states. Governor Patrick's response reflected a long-term, holistic vision of what is "good for business" when he said (quoted in the Boston Herald) “The business people make their decision on a range of factors, it’s not just one. It’s not just taxes, it’s not just the cost of doing business, it’s not just infrastructure, it’s not just regulation. It’s a blend of all those things.” 
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick addresses
the PBLN Fall 2009 Summit at the JFK Library in Boston

Still it will be important for all candidates for Governor to address the full range of categories that is laid out in this convenient, provocative ranking, and cost of doing business has to be taken seriously. Good thing they are all invited to PBLN's October 8th Candidates Forum, which will take place during our 2010 Summit on Business Leadership and Public Policy at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. More surely to come on deconstructing this survey. Please share your own comments here as well. Including your thoughts on how next door Rhode Island wound up ranked 49th!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

CEOs Probe Pricing of Cape Wind and the True Cost of Fossil Fuels -- Many See a Long Term Bargain in Wind Energy

Cape Wind CEO Jim Gordon explains the Cape Wind plan
in 2003. Seven years, millions of dollars, hundreds of
community meetings, 12 lawsuits later...
One key idea behind the creation of PBLN was to engage, educate and empower the voices of business leaders to speak out about the issues they felt as individuals were critical to the health of the economy and society. Yesterday at our forum on the Cape Wind off-shore power project we saw this model in action, and it was described well in Mass High Tech and the Boston Globe.

50 top business leaders gathered at Akamai Technologies in Cambridge, MA where Akamai CEO Paul Sagan hosted, and Berkshire Partners Managing Director Carl Ferenbach served as moderator. And the program grew out of the stewardship of PBLN Energy/Environment Chair Mitch Tyson, whose own company Advanced Electron Beams, Inc. is poised for its breakout year, according to Mitch, in Mass High Tech.

Cape Wind entrepreneur Jim Gordon spoke first and was followed by the Senior Vice President at National Grid (Richard Rapp) who arranged to buy the power that will be produced. Both took many questions and had a lovely dialogue.

The best thing for these attendees may just have been being able to talk to each other and raise a wide range of questions. The formal presentations too were loaded with detail and data. A central issue on this topic is always price which the Boston Globe addressed by letting Scott Griffith CEO of ZipCar and Paul Sagan CEO of Akamai speak to it from their own individual points of view. Rick Heller, SVP and General Counsel at Legal Seafoods did the same - on this video and in D.C. Denison's Globe article itself.

This program is one of a series that runs 12 months a year on a range of topics programmed by our four Working Groups. The next one is July 20 - planned by the PBLN Education Working Group it will be a forum with Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Revile, entitled, "School Reform: Progress Report and the Business Case for Innovation in Public Education from K to College." Sign up by contacting Aaron Chalek at aaron@pbln.org. Thanks.