Community Newsletter
Hello Talent Professionals,
Many of you came together this spring to explore how to create innovative strategies to support your organization's workforce as we climb out of a pandemic period. Heads of talent met to discuss strategies, initiatives, and the tech stack needed to navigate managing their workforce. Talent professionals also convened to discuss trends that are shaping the new workforce.
We are excited to have kicked off the nomination period for MassTLC's recognition program Tech Top 50! We recognize the need for in-person connection while protecting your health and safety. Currently, we are listening to our members to determine types of programming to offer you and your team for this summer and fall. Please stay tuned to see a fresh set of programming.
I am excited to welcome Cangrade as our new Talent community sponsor. As always, we are grateful to our sponsor Aceup.
Warm Regards and Stay Well,
Nayla Daly
Communities Manager
Stay Informed and Get Involved
  • MassTLC Tech Top 50: Nominations are open! This year, we will recognize 50 companies, individuals, and innovations across 8 categories along with two special individual honorees. Learn more and nominate here.

  • CHRO Roundtable, Reinvigorating Your Culture in a Realigned Work Environment: The workplace is shifting again, and CHROs are facing yet another set of hurdles related to keeping employees engaged and driving performance. Join Steve Pemberton, CHRO at Workhuman, for this discussion. This meeting is for CHROs or SVP-level talent professionals and is taking place September 28, 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM. Learn more and register here.

  • Board Ready Bootcamp: An award-winning program, designed specifically for women, tech leaders of color, openly LGBTQ+ tech leaders, and people with disabilities who are currently in senior executive positions that are ready to make the leap to serve on a board. The Fall 2021 co-hort will take place on Thursdays October 7, 14, 21. Apply here.

  • Lead A Discussion: The MassTLC Talent Community meets quarterly and is seeking conversation leaders and fresh topics. Please email Nayla if you have a topic you would like to explore with your professional peers, or if you would like to lead a conversation. 
Industry News
  • On the Power of Storytelling and the Importance of "Bothering" Powerful People: Meet Board-Ready Bootcamp Alum, Aravinda Rao Souza, Vice President of Global Communications at Bullhorn, who has served technology companies around the world, including Dassault Systemes, SAS DataFlux, and QuickPlay Media, in high-tech agency public relationsRead more here. 

  • Just Ask: Board-Ready Bootcamp Alum Lisa Walker On Starting Her Board Journey: Meet Lisa Walker, Vice President Brand & Corporate Marketing at Fuze. Since participating in the Fall 2020 Board-Ready Bootcamp cohort, Walker has joined startup GoRemote as an advisor. Read on for her takeaways from the bootcamp experience in her own words. Read more here.

  • Leadership vs. Management - How The Difference Matters for Your Company: While both managers and leaders are placed in decision-making positions, the similarity largely ends there. Managing a business or a team and actually leading it require very different skill sets and objectives, and this distinction can make a massive difference to your organization’s success. Read more here.

  • Eighty Percent of New England Tech Leaders Prefer to Hire From their Alma Mater: In a new survey, Boston-based Recruitment Processing Outsourcing (RPO) provider Talent Works, found that New England tech leaders rank experience over education in young talent, and engineering and AI are top areas of priority for tech talent overall. Read more here.

  • Where Do You Go to Fill Your Pipeline Post-Pandemic? The MassTLC Talent community met to discuss what trends are shaping the new workforce. They explored if virtual recruiting is here to stay and how recruiters are leading the transition to remote work for their tech organizations. A panel of professionals who are leading the charge in talent acquisition for their fast-growing companies shared their tested strategies as well as their successes and learnings. Listen here.

  • 3 Ways to Avoid a "Great Resignation" at Your Organization: A recent survey showed that more than 52% of employees plan to look for a new job this year—a 35% increase from 2020. Business leaders need to be ready for this sudden shift— now being called the “Great Resignation”— and ensure they are maintaining a superior company culture and communicating with employees on a regular basis to ensure that their voices are being heard. Read more here.

  • How to Increase Motivation in the Workplace in 2021: Motivation in the workplace always posed a complex equation (for example, the correlation between motivation and salary might be weaker than you think), and distributed teams have compounded the problem. Particularly for large organizations, it is difficult to instill that same degree of involvement and personal investment from the senior management levels to the frontline workforce. Read more here.

  • 3 Competencies That Lead to Remote Work Success: As organizations wrestle with the decision to make remote work permanent, a litmus test to see who will struggle and who will thrive working from home is more urgent than ever. To tackle this question, we performed an analysis of our big data on employed folks across the United States. By measuring 50 different psychological traits, we identified the key workplace competencies that lead to remote work success. Read more here.

  • What is the State of Your Talent Strategy? Heads of Talent in the tech landscape gathered this spring to discuss strategies, initiatives, and the tech stack needed to navigate their workforce through an uncertain environment. Jackie Dube, SVP of Talent Optimization at The Predictive Index, hosted this discussion. Listen and read more here.
MassTLC Resources
  • MassTLC Job Postings This job board supports members of the MA tech community and is available to post a job or search for a new one.

  • Member Marketplace offers member organizations specials and discounts from MassTLC business organization members and partners. 

  • Business and Legal offers members a wide range of business and legal expertise. In this section, you can find information on the impact and implications of international, U.S. federal, state, and local laws. You can also find advice and insights on a range of business topics.
DEI Initiatives and Offerings
  • Spotlight on Pride at Local Tech Companies: For many companies in the local tech ecosystem, fostering a welcoming and supportive culture for LGBTQ+ employees, partners, and customers is core to creating a truly inclusive organization. We spoke with a number of MassTLC members who support LGBTQ+ individuals in June and throughout the year. Read more.

  • Juneteenth Resources Page: June 19th, or Juneteenth as it is widely known, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Many companies celebrate the day by recognizing it as a paid holiday, supporting community organizations focused on racial justice, holding company-wide events to promote conversations on race, or by providing resources for employees to learn more about social justice issues. Access resources here. 

  • MassTalent. This is a platform designed for hiring companies to access a directory of organizations that provide training, placement, and funding for pipeline and workforce development. The organizations and programs listed here have a core mission of helping those in underrepresented or non-traditional populations move into the tech industry. Learn more about MassTalent here
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