Black Representation & Equity Initiative

About the Council’s BRE Initiative

In July 2020, the Council announced the launch of a multiyear Black Representation and Equity Initiative to be led by the Council’s Executive Committee.
Black Representation and Equity Initiative

Get Involved

We invite you to join us and get involved with the Black Representation and Equity initiative. Please contact Chris Anderson for more information. Visit the Council’s Events page to learn more about upcoming BRE events.

MHTC is committed to advancing the BRE agenda with many efforts already underway.



62% have defined a measurable and time-bound BRE ambition.
23% have plans to set a BRE ambition in the next 12 months.

This dashboard captures the % of a representative set of members who have the following initiatives in flight.

Talent Acquisition and Onboarding


strengthened the Black talent pipeline.

Affinity Groups and Targeted Initiatives


empowered employee resource groups to drive business changes.

Performance Management


implemented process improvements to retention and promotion.

Inclusive Culture


created mechanisms to cultivate and reinforce inclusive behaviors.

Hear What Our Members Have to Say

“Since its inception in 1977, MHTC has continued to be the advocate in making Massachusetts a global destination for innovation in the life sciences and biotech. As a council member, we recognize that the shared goal of growing an innovation economy benefits us all, and creates tomorrow’s opportunities.”

Udit Batra, CEO, Waters Corporation

“The MHTC’s diverse membership and extensive connections allow KPMG to stay connected to our clients and informed of industry and policy changes affecting KPMG and our client’s businesses. This sense of community has been an invaluable resource for our team.”

Darren Donovan, Boston Office Managing Principal, KPMG LLP

“The MHTC advocates for the critical issues that affect the competitiveness of industry in the Commonwealth. Member companies benefit from the continuous MHTC focus on the cost of doing business and the educational/talent environment.”

Al Bunshaft, SVP Global Affairs, Dassault Systemes

Founding Sponsors

Black Representation and Equity Initiative Sponsor - Onto Innovation

Major Sponsors

Black Representation and Equity Initiative Sponsor - Creation Technologies

Strategic Partners

Black Representation and Equity Initiative Strategic Partner - Bain & Company

Annual Sponsor

Black Representation and Equity Initiative 2021 Sponsor - Waters Corporation

Recent Event

Reaching & Attracting Diverse Candidates

Co-hosted by Waters Corporation and Bain & Company, July 20, 2021
The event focused on increasing the funnel to ensure diverse candidates participate in more equitable outcomes during the hiring process.

As drivers of Massachusetts’ innovation economy, we must continue to collaborate to identify and cultivate actionable solutions to be more thoughtful about where we recruit, how we recruit, and the strategies that we use to build an inclusive culture for all employees. This event included a panel discussion moderated by Belinda Hyde, Ph.D., of Waters Corporation, and featured Victoria Budson of Bain Capital, Kaelyn Phillips of Monster, and Justin Pinchback of ZRG Partners, LLC.

Key topics discussed include:

Addressing key elements of the talent funnel, based on existing pain points, to turn an organization’s DEO vision into reality

Data-driven approaches for expanding recruitment efforts to reach diverse talent pools

Methods for sustaining momentum to attract Black talent, and then cultivating inclusive communities that retain those individuals

MHTC BRE Articles

Jumpstarting Your DEO Journey

MHTC and Bain & Company

A guide to help organizations translate their DEO vision into reality.

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