COVID-19: Recovery & Return to the Workplace

MHTC Recovery & Return to the Workplace Framework

The COVID-19 health crisis and near certainty of a national recession in 2020 has altered some—but not all—of the immediate priorities of the Mass High Tech Council. Our policy and program focus remains the same, but the game plan has shifted to how we collectively respond to–and recover from–this crisis.

The Council’s Executive Committee, along with a diverse group of leaders from the diagnostic testing, life sciences, health care delivery, technology and manufacturing sectors led by High Tech Council Executive Committee member Steve Pagliuca, have developed the Massachusetts Recovery and Return to the Workplace Framework designed to restart the Commonwealth’s economy while protecting the health of residents.

View the current version of the Recovery and Return to the Workplace Framework HERE.

View the Council’s May 22 deep dive for employers on Masks, Workplace Norms, and the Future of Testing and Tracing HERE.

The framework has been thoroughly vetted by senior executives with global perspectives and was informed by published insights and data from McKinsey & Company.  It is designed to guide leaders from the public and private sectors in the months and was presented by Pagliuca and Council staff to Governor Baker’s Reopening Advisory Board on April 30, 2020.

The evolving Recovery and Return to the Workplace Framework focuses on three main strategic areas:

  • Segmentation and Sequencing
  • Effective Therapeutics
  • Reducing the Rate of Spread

The Council’s Recovery and Return to the Workplace Initiative represents a strong public-private partnership model that draws on a deep bench of Massachusetts-based subject matter experts.  The intent of the plan and the overall effort is to support Governor Baker’s efforts, including his partnership with governors from the Northeast, and inform Congressional decision makers and Massachusetts legislative leaders on workplace safety, economic development and stimulus, public investment, taxation and other key policies.

As importantly, the Recovery and Return to the Workplace Initiative will provide business leaders and innovation economy employers with peer-validated and timely information needed to help them restart operations and return to work safely and successfully. By leveraging the Council’s CEO-level network, our team of subject matter experts and contributors will help to identify the specific conditions that must be in place to allow for restart and encourage individuals to engage in economic activity.

See information below about our ongoing series of COVID-19 Response Virtual Roundtables and watch your inbox for more opportunities to stay engaged and continue advancing the Council’s pro-growth, recovery-focused agenda and initiatives.

Contact Chris Andersonk to learn more about how you can participate.

MHTC Virtual Roundtable Series

With an unpredictable future ahead, this is a time to come together to share perspectives and information resources to help businesses and organizations make the best decisions possible for their people and our community. To help navigate this landscape, the Massachusetts High Technology Council created our Recovery & Return to the Workplace Virtual Roundtable Series.

These roundtables feature leaders from the business community, public sector, health delivery system, and professional services organizations who share perspectives and practices to an array COVID-19 related issues, including:

 
 
  • Cyber security
  • Telemedicine and telehealth
  • Economic impacts
  • Public health and provider responses
  • Operations, business continuity and supply chain
  • Managing careers in the new work from home reality
 

This no-fee series is open to all organizations, not only to members of the Mass. High Tech Council, but registration is required.

Virtual Roundtable Schedule

March 18: Employer Responses

Featuring:

  • Ed Mackey: Executive Vice President – Operations, Boston Scientific
  • Jonathan Proffitt: VP Global Workforce Solutions, Kronos
  • Nav Singh: Senior Partner, McKinsey & Co.
  • Ed Whalen: Chief Human Resources Officer, Putnam Investments

VIEW THE ROUNDTABLE RECORDING

March 25: Employer Responses

Featuring:

  • Chris Ross, EVP Operations, MilliporeSigma
  • Eric Snow, SVP Corporate Marketing, PTC
  • Diane Young, VP Employee Benefits, PTC

VIEW THE ROUNDTABLE RECORDING

March 27: Insights from Mass. General Hospital

Featuring:

  • Dr. Peter Slavin, President, Mass. General Hospital
  • Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Practicing Infectious Disease Physician, Mass. General Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital

VIEW THE ROUNDTABLE RECORDING

March 31: Massachusetts Economic Impacts and Response

Featuring:

  • Mike Kennealy, Secretary, Mass. Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

VIEW THE ROUNDTABLE RECORDING

April 10: Telehealth and Telemedicine

Featuring:

  • Dr. Andy Ellner, CEO, Firefly Health
  • Fay Rotenberg Bush, President, Firefly Health
  • Jennifer St. Thomas, Vice President, AllWays Health Partners
  • Ed Mackey, Executive Vice President, Boston Scientific

VIEW THE ROUNDTABLE RECORDING

April 14: Women In Leadership-Managing Careers in the Work-from Home Reality

Featuring:

  • Mary Ann Freeman, Senior Director of Engineering, MathWorks
  • Jody Gastfriend, LICSW, VP Senior Care, Care.com
  • Kathleen Mitford, EVP, Chief Strategy Officer, PTC
  • Cathy Saunders, Head of Client Engagement Center and Early Career Programs, Putnam Investments

VIEW THE ROUNDTABLE RECORDING

April 17: Cyber Security Implications and Guidance 

Featuring:

  • Corey Thomas, Founder and CEO Rapid7
  • Doug Robbins, VP Air Force Portfolio, The MITRE Corporation
  • Chris Wysopal, Founder, CTO & CISO, Veracode

VIEW THE ROUNDTABLE RECORDING

April 24: Higher Education Insights

Featuring:

  • Alison Davis-Blake, President, Bentley University
  • Laurie Leshin, President, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • David Luzzi, Sr. Vice Provost & VP, Northeastern University
  • Jacqueline Moloney, Chancellor, UMASS Lowell
  • Ted Rounsaville, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Co.

VIEW THE ROUNDTABLE RECORDING

May 1: A Framework for Restarting the Mass. Economy

Featuring:

  • Steve Pagliuca, Co-Chairman, Bain Capital and Co-Owner of the Boston Celtics
  • Megan Greenfield, Partner, McKinsey & Co.

VIEW THE ROUNDTABLE RECORDING

May 7: Economic Competitiveness in the Time of COVID-19

Featuring:

  • Scott Cohn, Creator “America’s Top States for Business” and Special Correspondent, CNBC
  • Colin Moore, Chief Investment Officer, Columbia Threadneedle Investments
  • Timothy Zanni, Global and US Technology Sector Leader, KPMG

VIEW THE ROUNDTABLE RECORDING

May 12: Legal Considerations: The New Workplace and Workforce in the Wake of COVID-19

Featuring:

  • Mark Barnes, Partner, Ropes and Gray
  • Megan Bisk, Partner, Ropes and Gray
  • Jennifer Fay, Partner, Goodwin
  • Liam O’Connell, Co-managing Partner, Nutter

VIEW THE ROUNDTABLE RECORDING

May 22: Return to the Workplace Roadmap Roundtable- Masks, Testing and Tracing for Employers

VIEW THE ROUNDTABLE RECORDING

June 4: Safe on Campus: A Framework for Reopening Colleges and Universities

Featuring:

  • Robert Brown, President, Boston University
  • Paula Johnson, President, Wellesley College
  • Laurie Leshin, President, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

VIEW THE “SAFE ON CAMPUS” FRAMEWORK  

VIEW THE ROUNDTABLE RECORDING

June 11: Return to the Workplace- Effective Employer Strategies

Featuring:

  • Jane Steinmetz, Boston Office Managing Principal, EY and Mass. High Tech Council Executive Committee Member
  • Jill Larsen, Chief Human Resource Officer, PTC
  • Chris Ross, Head of Integrated Supply Chain Operations, MilliporeSigma

VIEW THE ROUNDTABLE MATERIALS

VIEW THE ROUNDTABLE RECORDING

June 19: Return to the Workplace- Effective Employer Strategies

Featuring:

  • Ed Mackey, Executive Vice President, Boston Scientific and Mass. High Tech Council Executive Committee Member
  • David Hole, Managing Director, Accenture
  • Mike Plisinski, CEO, Onto Innovation

VIEW THE ROUNDTABLE MATERIALS

VIEW THE ROUNDTABLE RECORDING

June 26: Return to the Workplace- Effective Employer Strategies

Featuring:

  • Jennifer Reilly, SVP and Chief Human Resource Officer, MKS Instruments
  • Dan Weintraub, Chief Administrative Officer, Audax Group
  • Atif Zaim, Principal, KPMG

VIEW THE ROUNDTABLE MATERIALS

VIEW THE ROUNDTABLE RECORDING

July 28: Elementary & Secondary Education-The Path Forward for Schools, Students & Parents

Featuring:

  • Dr. Jeff Riley, Commissioner- Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

VIEW THE ROUNDTABLE RECORDING

Leaders of Massachusetts’ Innovation Economy

Leaders of Massachusetts’ innovation economy have much to accomplish in the next few years.

The Council distinguishes itself by specializing in complex, multi-year public policy strategies in support of conditions that protect and enhance the resiliency and long-term strength of the Massachusetts economy.

Learn more, contact Chris Anderson.

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