NEC Newsletter
September 2020
to the September 2020 edition of
The New England Council's Newsletter.

Upcoming Virtual Events

A Conversation with Canadian 
Ambassador to the US Kirsten Hillman
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Register Here

Capitol Hill Report with 
Rep. Chellie Pingree
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Leading in a Crisis: Travel
On Thursday, September 3, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., the Council will present "Leading in a Crisis: Travel," the seventh installment of our Leading in a Crisis virtual event series. The program will feature leaders from the aviation and hospitality industries, who will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis on the travel industry and highlight they steps that are being taken to safeguard travelers' health and safety amid the pandemic. Our panelists are: For more information on this event, please contact Peter Phipps. Visit our website for more information on the Leading in a Crisis virtual event series.

Recent Virtual Events
August Virtual Events Feature GOP Strategist, Sen. Whitehouse, Indian Ambassador

While in-person programs remain suspended due to the pandemic, the Council continued to host a variety of virtual programs during the month of August, including our popular "Capitol Hill Report" virtual event series as well as discussions with other key leaders. The Council's goal in offering these virtual program is to help our members stay connected with our region's Congressional delegation and other policymakers, and to be informed about the latest developments on Capitol Hill as Congress works to provide relief and economic support amid this crisis.  Recordings of each recent program are available on our YouTube channel.
  • August 4 - A Conversation with GOP Political Strategist Mike Murphy 
  • August 12 - Capitol Hill Report with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
  • August 14 - A Conversation with India's Ambassador to the U.S. Saranjit Singh Sandhu
View our videos on YouTube
Leading in a Crisis: Reopening our Schools
On Thursday, August 20, the Council presented "Leading in a Crisis: Reopening Our Schools," a virtual conversation with local health, education, and childhood development leaders as the 2020-2021 school year soon begins. Our experts shared their insights and perspectives on the factors impacting decisions related to the reopening of K-12 schools, and discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our children's physical and mental health, educational outcomes, and development. Our panelists were: 
Use the link below to access a recording of the program, as well as various resources that the panelists referenced during the discussion.

2020 New Englanders of the Year Announced

Awards to be Presented During October 26 Virtual Annual Celebration
On October 26, 2020, The New England Council will honor our 2020 New Englanders of the Year during our virtual Annual Celebration.  This year's recipients are:
  • Marianne Harrison, President & CEO, John Hancock
  • Udit Batra, Incoming CEO, Waters Corporation, Former CEO, MilliporeSigma
  • MilliporeSigma
  • Ibram X. Kendi , Ph.D., Founder & Director, Boston University Center for Antiracist Research
  • The Honorable Jim McGovern, U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts' 2nd Congressional District
  • The Honorable Samantha Power, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, 2013-2017
For more information on sponsorship opportunities for the 2020 Annual Celebration, please contact Larry Zabar.
NEC in the News
New Englander of the Year Announcement
Several local media outlets covered the August 26 announcement of the Council's 2020 New Englanders of the Year:
104.9 FM North Shore Conversations Featuring Jim Brett
New England Council President & CEO Jim Brett was the featured guest on the August 29 episode of "North Shore Conversations," a weekly radio program on 104.9 FM, hosted by Laura Swanson, Executive Director of the Enterprise Center at Salem State University.  Jim discussed how the Council has adapted to continue to be a resource and advocate for our members amid the pandemic, and highlighted some recent events and priorities.  
Deadline Extended for TCI Women's Leadership Study
NEC Partners with The Commonwealth Institute for Third Annual Study
The New England Council is pleased to again partner with The Commonwealth Institute (TCI) on its Women's Leadership Development in Massachusetts 2020 Impact Study, the 3rd annual state-wide study focused on understanding employers' actions to develop, retain, and advance women employees in Massachusetts. New England Council members are invited to participate in the survey. The deadline for participation has been extended to September 15, 2020.  

If you'd like to participate in the research, please email  Please note that all responses will remain confidential. The Council is proud to be involved with this important initiative for a second year, and encourages members to participate.
Policy Committee Updates
Financial Services Committee Submits Comments on New DOL Fiduciary Rule
The New England Council's Financial Services Committee recently submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on a proposed new rule, titled "Improving Investment Advice for Workers & Retirees."  The proposed rule would create a new prohibited transaction class exemption that would be available for investment advice fiduciaries, which is intended to help workers and retirees by preserving the wide availability of investment advice arrangements and products for retirement investors. For more information about this issue, or the NEC Financial Services Committee, please contact Griffin Doherty.
Member News From Our Blog
Recent NEC Member News
In addition to bi-weekly updates about COVID-19 related relief efforts, the Council continues to feature other news and updates about our members on our blog.  Check out some of the recent news about our members:

Have news you'd like to share with fellow Council members? Please contact Emily Heisig to submit blog items.  

Membership Update
August New Members
Please join us in welcoming the following new members, who joined the Council in August: