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Global Massachusetts 2024 convenes cross-sector leadership to address the global competition for talent and innovation

Mar. 4, 2015 | Press Release

Boston, MA – Mass Insight has launched and organized Global Massachusetts 2024, an inaugural event bringing together state and city business, educational, and political leaders to shape a recommended growth agenda for the new administration. During the day-long event, leadership from government, industry, and universities will work together to establish a global vision for the state, plus recommend talent, innovation, science and technology partnerships to make Massachusetts an international education center in cross-disciplinary areas that bring jobs to the state by growing the Commonwealth’s talent pipeline. Highlighting the event, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will give the luncheon keynote and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh will host an international strategy session and reception. Global Massachusetts 2024 is being held at the Hyatt Regency, Boston on March 11, 2015 from 9am – 7:30pm. (new date)

“If you have the talent, the jobs will come,” said William Guenther, Chairman, CEO and Founder of Mass Insight. “With Baby Boomers retiring and the number of high school graduates declining, we are entering an era of significant talent shortages where successful organizations and regions will develop innovative partnerships to meet talent and innovation challenges. This event is designed to address those forecasted shortages with program and policy recommendations to win the competition for talent.”

“Global Massachusetts 2024 continues to pursue a shared goal for the Commonwealth to promote collaboration between our greatest regional assets, including our world-class universities and our global enterprises, to achieve ground-breaking results,” said Governor Baker who will provide the keynote address. “In order for Massachusetts to attract, retain and develop the next generation of innovation, we need to utilize our resources and create meaningful partnerships in all our communities.”

In planning Global Massachusetts 2024, Mass Insight has been convening leadership working groups in industry verticals to identify challenges and opportunities for economic growth through the next decade. Issues related to talent management and an international strategy have been explored and solutions have been proposed around sector opportunities including biotech/life sciences, technology/big data, advanced manufacturing, and financial services. Event co-chairs include Joe Alviani, Vice President for Government Affairs at Partners HealthCare, Tripp Jones, Founder of MassINC, and Gloria Larson, President of Bentley University.

Industry experts will present recommendations that fall into several categories including the forging of university-industry partnerships,  the launch of Research Centers of Excellence, and the development of an international strategy for Boston and Massachusetts.

Providing perspectives on the potential of attracting and developing talent through expanded university-industry partnerships will be William Guenther, Chairman, CEO and Founder of Mass Insight Global Partners, Ron O’Hanley, Former President of Asset Management at Fidelity Investments, and Tripp Jones, Former Managing Editor of New Profit and Founder of MassINC.

Presenting on Cybersecurity will be Brian Fitzgerald, Senior Vice President of Marketing, RSA, the Security Division of EMC, followed by comments from Kenneth Montgomery, First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and Jack Wilson, President Emeritus, University of Massachusetts. Presentations on the potential of Massachusetts achieving global leadership through Research Centers of Excellence will feature Big Data Analytics with Andrew Lo, Director of MIT’s Laboratory for Financial Engineering, followed by comments from Joe Alviani, Vice President of Government Affairs, Partners HealthCare, and Victor S.Y. Lo, Vice President of Managerial Finance and Analytics, Fidelity Investments.

Closing with a discussion on an international strategy for Boston and Massachusetts will be Boston Mayor Martin Walsh with remarks by former Governor William Weld on growing Massachusetts’ role in the global economy. William Guenther will present an international strategy report for Boston and Massachusetts, followed by comments from James Rooney, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Tom Glynn, President and CEO, Massachusetts Port Authority, and Anthony Monaco, President of Tufts University. The presentation will be followed by Global Boston: Gateway for Innovation, a reception featuring international leaders, global organizations, and “country teams” representing Canada, China/Hong Kong, France, Ireland, Japan, Israel, Mexico, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.

“All the ingredients are here,” said Mayor Walsh. “Boston has a world-leading college and university system; a vast array of innovative companies across a wide spectrum of industries; and a government that already has seen dividends from making strategic investments in several science and technology clusters. If we work together, we will win the competition for talent and innovation.”

Global Massachusetts 2024 is sponsored by (lead financial services sponsors) Fidelity Investments, State Street, Putnam Investments, Liberty Mutual, Boston Private Financial Holdings, (life sciences sponsors) Sanofi, Partners HealthCare, Massachusetts Medical Society, (technology sponsor) RSA, BAE Systems (university sponsors) Bentley University, MIT Sloan School of Management, (Innovation Partnership Network sponsors) Tufts University, Northeastern University, UMass, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, (global connector/infrastructure sponsors) Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Massport, VHB, and (lead association partner) Associated Industries of Massachusetts.

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