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 Bernie Prusaczyk 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 via the links below.

Virtual Roundtable Schedule

March 18: Employer Responses


  • 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


March 25: Employer Responses


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


March 27: Insights from Mass. General Hospital


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


March 31: Massachusetts Economic Impacts and Response


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


April 10: Telehealth and Telemedicine


  • 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


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


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


April 17: Cyber Security Implications and Guidance 


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


April 24: Higher Education Insights


  • 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.


May 1: A Framework for Restarting the Mass. Economy


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


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


  • 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


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


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


May 22: Return to the Workplace Roadmap Roundtable- Masks, Testing and Tracing for Employers
  • 8 to 9 AM
  • Preregistration NOT required
  • Attend via the Zoom link below
June 4: Safe on Campus: A Framework for Reopening Colleges and Universities


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


What Leaders are Saying About COVID-19 Response Virtual Roundtables
Congrats on executing an informative, interesting, and obviously important webinar.

Mark Cohen, CEO OPRSystems, Inc.

Roundtables that touch on the pulse of current events and the COVID-19 series are an excellent example of this dynamic virtual platform - job well done, thank you.

Nancy Cirone, Senior Financial Analyst, Brooks Automation

Thanks to the MHTC team for their extraordinary leadership proactively helping businesses stay informed and providing practical policy and procedures guidance.

Tom Colatosti, CEO Oasis Systems

Excellent panel discussion this evening on the COVID-19 response. I enjoyed watching/listening. Thank you for hosting – My colleagues and I here at PTC look forward to being part of future panels and meetings hosted by the Council.

Paul Lenfest, DVP of Central Operations, PTC

The GoToWebinar conversation was outstanding. It was well-orchestrated and executed allowing the audience to gain information and a sense of community on the crisis. The next roundtables bring in new voices and I’m looking forward to hearing them.

Jen Bride, Global Business Services, Raytheon Company

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 Bernie Prusaczyk.