Community Newsletter
September 30, 2021

Keep it human. Curbing bias. Building talent, culture, and brand in a hybrid environment. This pandemic has completely disrupted the talent practice and is bringing this community together to share, strategize and discuss these issues.
These conversations about innovative practices across talent teams have been inspiring. CHRO's gathered to discuss the importance of the human touch as plans to bring everyone back to work constantly evolve. Talent professionals of all levels convened at the MassTLC Talent meeting on how to understand bias in the workplace. Look for more programming unveiling this fall.
MassTLC's Tech Top 50 honorees will be announced soon, more information is below. Check out MassTLC's new Job Board offering over 5,000 jobs! We are planning a career fair this fall, more to come.
We recognize the need for in-person connection while protecting your health and safety. Currently, we are listening to our members to determine the types of programming to offer you and your team this fall. Please stay tuned to see a fresh set of programming.
We are thankful to the Talent Community sponsor, Cangrade.
Warm Regards and Stay Well,
Nayla Daly
Communities Manager
Stay Informed and Get Involved
  • MassTLC Tech Top 50: We are looking forward to announcing the 2021 Tech Top 50 honorees on October 7. Stay tuned! Learn more and nominate here.

  • MassTLC Career Fair: Do you have open positions to fill? Join our virtual career fair to meet the right candidates. To learn more, please contact Kate McLeod.

  • 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. 
Insights and News
  • CHRO Roundtable, Reinvigorating Your Culture in a Realigned Work Environment: The CHRO community met to discuss why it is essential to maintain connection, continuity, and recognition in today’s hybrid work environments. This conversation was led by Steve Pemberton, CHRO at Workhuman and author of the USA Today best-selling memoir “A Chance in the World,” and the follow-up “The Lighthouse Effect. If you are a CHRO and want to be involved in this peer group, please contact Nayla Daly.

  • To Be Human is to Have Bias: The MassTLC Talent community met to understand what bias is in the workplace. In Bias – Awareness to Action, the panelists explored the following: 1. Understanding bias since to be human is to have bias. 2. Mitigation, how to change your thinking and your actions. 3. Intentionality, how to proactively interrupt bias. Listen to the conversation.

  • Building Deeper Talent Pools in a Competitive Hiring Environment: 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.

  • Q&A with Tom Hopcroft, CEO of MassTLC: The Shape of the Tech Acquisition Landscape in Massachusetts Today: Jody Robie, SVP Talent Works, discusses Tom's perspective on the complexities of hiring tech talent and the challenges companies are facing nationwide and in Massachusetts today. Read more here.

  • Leaders Talk Talent: Top Five Talent Takeaways: Industry experts gathered to talk about all things talent. Panelists included Moderna’s April Eldred, Kathy Erickson of Financial Force, Shelley Jeffcoat of LexisNexis Risk Solutions Group, and Tom Hopcroft, President and CEO of Mass Technology Leadership Council. They explored the key complex challenges facing business and TA leaders today. Read more here.

  • Is A Hybrid Workforce Here to Stay? The short answer is yes for most companies in some form. We all know how difficult the last year has been. Rapid shifts in how and where we work were forced on all of us. We also learned that this brought opportunities on many levels. Listen here.

  • Leadership learnings: Innovate or Die: As today’s technology landscape becomes increasingly competitive, the idea of “innovate or die” has never been more critical – and can be applied across various areas of business, from product innovation and customer experience to employee experience, and even leadership styles. But successfully evolving and innovating your business is no easy feat. 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.

  • 5 Things to Consider When Building Your Talent Brand: When you need to hire new employees, it’s an exciting time – you’re helping to grow the future of your business. But how can you attract the highest quality potential employees? Top performers have many options available when they’re searching for a new role. That’s why they look for more than just a new job – they want an employer brand that they can trust and identify with strongly. Read more here.

  • Evolving Together: A Discussion With Heather Hartford, CPO, Acquia: Heather shared her point of view on changes brought about by the pandemic. She discussed the impact of organizations, what opportunities and challenges are presented by the new flexible approach to work, and the importance of inclusion efforts within companies. Read more here.

  • Robert Half Technology Salary Guide 2021: For many companies, technology has been a significant benefit during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing them to continue working and serving customers. This has placed greater emphasis on the need for skilled technology professionals to support critical operations and strategic initiatives. Read more here.
MassTLC Resources
  • MassTLC Job Board offers over 5,000 opportunities across our network of innovative companies.

  • 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
  • Board Ready Bootcamp: An award-winning program, designed specifically for women, tech leaders of color, openly LGBTQ+, the neurodiverse, and people with disabilities who are tech leaders currently in senior executive positions and are ready to make the leap to serve on a board. This program will take place will take place on October 7th, 14th, and 21st. Our last formal application has passed, but if you are interested in learning more about the spring cohort, April 2022, apply here.

  • Social Justice Initiatives: MassTLC’s mission is to build an inclusive tech ecosystem in the region, and more broadly, we want to help Massachusetts become a more inclusive and equitable state. Over the years, MassTLC has offered – and continues to offer – a number of initiatives to bring women, people of color, and other underrepresented groups into tech careers and to support them once they are in the industry. We have been recognized by our peer tech councils across North America for these efforts. Learn more about our offerings 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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