NEC Notes
July 2019
to the July 2019 edition of
The New England Council's E-Newsletter.

Upcoming Events
Congressional Roundtable with
Senator Maggie Hassan
Monday, July 8, 2019
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Bedford Village Inn
Bedford, NH
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Politics and Eggs with
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
New Hampshire Institute of Politics
Manchester, NH
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Capital Conversations with
Senator Maggie Hassan
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
ML Strategies
Washington, DC
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Congressional Roundtable with
Rep. Jim Langevin
Friday, July 19, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
New Hampshire Institute of Politics
Manchester, NH
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Recent Events
Politics & Eggs with Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, spoke to NEC members at a Politics & Eggs breakfast at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on June 10, 2019 . Sen. Klobuchar is picutred here with Kevin Rasch of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.
Politics & Eggs with Rep. Tim Ryan
On June 11, 2019, Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan, and candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, was the featured guest at a Politics & Eggs Breakfast at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.  Rep. Ryan is pictured here (L) with Ryan Clark of AT&T.
Congressional Roundtable with 
Senator Susan Collins
On June 14, 2019, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) spoke to NEC members at a Congressional Roundtable hosted by Norman Hanson DeTroy in Portland.  Pictured L to R: Vinny O'Malley of the Maine Irish Heritage Center, Irish Consul General Laoise Moore, Sen. Collins, Jim Brett, and  Dan Riley of Norman Hanson DeTroy.  
Congressional Roundtable with 
Representative Jared Golden
Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME) spoke to NEC members at his first Congressional Roundtable since taking office in January.  The June 17 breakfast was hosted by NEC member Bernstein Shur at their office in Portland.  Rep. Golden is pictured here with Board Member Connie Brennan of TD Bank.  
Capital Conversation with 
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
On June 20, 2019, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-ME) was the featured speaker at a Capital Conversations breakfast in Washington, DC. The Senator is picture here (R) with Josh Dover of JetBlue, who hosted the event.  
Capital Conversations with 
Representative Richard Neal
Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) spoke to NEC members on June 21, 2019, at a Capital Conversations breakfast hosted by Nelson Mullins in Washington, DC.  Rep. Neal is pictured here with Jennifer Schneider of American Tower.
Congressional Roundtable with
Representative Richard Neal
During the June 20 breakfast, Congressman Neal updated members on his work as the Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee on such issues as tax policy and retirement savings.  The Congressman is pictured here (R) with David Ohrenstein of AutoDesk.
Breakfast with Maine  Governor Janet Mills
Maine Governor Janet Mills spoke to over 100 Council members at a breakfast hosted by NEC member Verill Dana in Portland, ME, on June 27, 2019.   Gov. Mills is pictured here (C) with  Dr. James Harnsberger (L) of Springfield College and Lizzie Wahab (R) of The University of Maine.  
DC Dialogue on NECN
Scott Spradling Talks 2020; MassTech's Carolyn Kirk on Innovation Economy
The most recent episode of DC Dialogue aired on NECN on Sunday, June 23, 2019.  In the first segment, Jim Brett and Peter Howe were joined by veteran political strategist  Scott Spradling,  President of The Spradling Group, who broke down the Democratic presidential field heading into the first round of debates.  Spradling also discussed what former Vice President Joe Biden needs to do to maintain his lead, and whether pursuing impeachment is a good strategy for the Democratic Party.
Later in the show,  Carolyn Kirk, the Executive Director of the  Massachusetts Technology Collaborative joined Jim and Peter to highlight her agency's work to support the region's innovation economy, including initiatives related to advanced manufacturing, digital health, and rural broadband.  
NEC to Update Partnership Directory
Submissions Due August 1
Last September, The New England Council released the second edition of  "Partnerships for the Talent Pipeline: Directory of New England Higher Education & Industry Partnerships." The directory details examples of models used in New England to connect students and employers in order to strengthen our regional workforce and ensure career success.

The Council is seeking submissions from our members - both educational institutions and employers - to include in the third edition of the directory, which will be released this fall.  Council members are invited to share information on various partnership programs, including experiential learning opportunities (i.e. internships, apprenticeships), mentoring programs, and curriculum development and coordination initiatives. 

To submit information on a partnership program, please CLICK HERE.

If you have any question, pleas contact Taylor Pichette.
Women's Leadership Study Released
The Commonwealth Institute Releases Survey Findings
On June 12, 2019, The Commonwealth Institute released the findings of its second annual Women's Leadership Development Survey at an event in Boston.  The New England Council was proud to serve as a survey partner, and Council members were invited to participate in survey.  

The goal of the survey, which  was provided to more than 2,500 companies, is to better  understand what's working to develop, retain and advance women employees in Massachusetts. The findings from this year's study identify three vital steps that businesses can take to advance and retain women. These steps aim to help businesses support systematic, sustained progress for women in leadership roles throughout Massachusetts. The first is to assess the environment to understand where women currently sit in the management pipeline. The second step is to create a plan with specific objectives and timeframes for gender leadership equity. The final recommended step is to commit resources to those goals, including closing the gender pay gap.
Read the Study
NEC in the News
Boston Globe Joint Op-Ed with Rep. Richard Neal 
Building upon The New England Council's long history of support for federal policies that support retirement savings, and recent endorsement of bipartisan legislation currently pending before Congress, NEC President & CEO Jim Brett partnered with Rep. Richard Neal to co-author an op-ed calling for action to address the looming retirement savings crisis in the U.S.  The piece was published in the Boston Globe on June 17, 2019: Ensuring secure retirement for all Americans.  
Policy Committee Updates
Financial Services Committee Meeting with Rep. Kustoff
On July 15, 2019, the NEC Financial Service Committee will meet with Rep. David Kustoff, who represents Tennessee's 8th Congressional District and is a member of the House Financial Services Committee. The meeting will take place from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m., and will be hosted by NEC member LPL Financial at their office in Boston, MA. For more information, please contact Griff Doherty.
Trade Working Groups Advocates for USMCA Approval
On June 10, 2019, The New England Council wrote to members of the region's Congressional delegation urging them to support the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a multilateral trade agreement that updates the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  In its letter the Council stressed the importance of continued free trade with these two key trade partners for the region's continued economic growth.

Later in the month, on June 26, 2019, a group of Council members representing an array of industries spent the day on Capitol Hill, meeting with members of the New England Congressional delegation and their staffs to highlight the importance of traded with Mexico and Canada for our region and to urge Senators and Representatives to support the agreement.  

For more information on this initiative or any of the Council's work on trade matters, contact Peter Phipps.  
Member News From Our Blog
Membership Update
June New Members
Please join us in welcoming the following new members who joined the Council during the month of June: