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Dear Roundtable Members,
The Roundtable is filled with transitions this month and in the coming weeks. As you know, we introduced Claire Cooper and Rebecca Yemo at the Board Meeting and further introductions for both are featured in this edition of the newsletter. But with these changes also comes a farewell to Katelyn Hamilton who has been a major contributor to the MBR team from her time as an intern and over the past years as Vice President. We are excited to cheer for Katelyn in her next chapter as she heads to Washington, DC to pursue a Master in Public Policy at Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy.
As many of you know, Katelyn started with the Roundtable in the summer of 2016. We knew then that we had something special and her tenure at the Roundtable has proven that to be true. She is a consummate professional, a talented worker, and a thoughtful and passionate colleague who will be sorely missed by the Roundtable’s members, partners, and staff. I have no doubt that she will do great things at Georgetown and afterward, and we look forward to watching her career take off from here.
I welcome you to take a minute to join me in sharing thanks and wishing Katelyn well in her future endeavors.
MA Secretary of Labor & Workforce Development Joins for Quarterly Roundtable Board MeetingThe Roundtable hosted Massachusetts Secretary of Labor & Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta as a featured guest during its quarterly meeting of the Board of Directors. In her remarks, Secretary Acosta pointed to effective programs such as the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund or the new Rapid Reemployment Training Grant to train and place unemployed individuals as well as the Workforce Training Fund to upskill existing employees. MBR can be a resource to member companies looking to navigate available funds and opportunities to collaborate with training providers to access funding. Interested in learning more about resources? Contact Lauren Jones for next steps. You can also check out this short video with fast facts for Roundtable members to learn about the available Rapid Reemployment Grant Program.
MBR Members Continue to Discuss Future of WorkMBR members continued to learn implications of the ever-evolving changes in the future of work and shared best practices being considered by their peers at Open Forums hosted by the Roundtable in June. On June 2nd, the Roundtable’s Open Forum featured Natalie Mayslich, General Manager of Consumer & Enterprise at Care.com and focused on Care.com’s recently released Future of Benefits Report, which gathered responses from 500 C-suite and HR executives nationwide and details employers’ plans for transforming their benefits strategy to address the emerging needs and expectations of their employees. On June 16th, the Roundtable’s Open Forum featured Evan Metter, Principle in KPMG’s Human Capital Advisory Practice and focused on the new realities and ways to meet expectations within the workplace now and in the future.
MBR Attends New England Offshore Wind Coalition’s Business Briefing
MBR Welcomes Claire Cooper as Vice President of Public Policy & Operations
In Her Words—Meet Rebecca Yemo, UMass Boston Doctoral Student and MBR’s Summer CAP FellowI am passionate about equity, equality, and enabling vulnerable populations to escape cycles that perpetuate their vulnerability. I, therefore, aspire to pursue a career that enables me to promote human rights compliance and social justice. I am excited about the opportunity to work with the Massachusetts Business Roundtable and I am certain that my experience with the organization will equip me with the requisite skills to conduct meaningful research that can advance policies in the human rights and social justice space. I am a determined young woman who is relentless in her pursuits and welcomes challenges as an opportunity to learn something new. This determination has enabled me to acquire an eclectic array of skills and expanded my knowledge base.
I am a 2021 Civic Action Project (CAP) Fellow and I am currently earning a Ph.D. in Global Governance and Human Security at the University of Massachusetts Boston. My primary research interests include human rights compliance mechanisms and human security. I hold a Master of International Studies (MIS) from North Carolina State University and obtained a BA in Linguistics and Spanish from the University of Ghana. Prior to pursuing a PhD, I worked with Africa Digital Rights’ Hub as the Project Development and Implementation Manager.
Suffolk Construction CEO Featured in #MoveTheNeedle Campaign
Takeda Unveils Newly Renovated Building in Kendall Square
“See you Tuesday: Mass companies expect empty offices on Mondays, Fridays.” Boston Business Journal (June 22, 2021). References MBR’s Future of Work Competitiveness Study.
“Almost 40 percent of remote workers in Mass won’t be back in the office until January, at the earliest.” Boston Globe (June 22, 2021). References MBR’s Future of Work Competitiveness Study.
Op-Ed “Talent remains the core of the future of work.” Boston Business Journal (June 1, 2021). Op-Ed by JD Chesloff.
Business Roundtable CEO Economic Outlook Index Signals U.S. Economy Back on Track, Reveals Record Hiring Plans