MassVision2050Generating Bold Ideas for Massachusetts’ Future
Massachusetts is home to world-class higher education and research institutions, renowned hospitals and health care systems, thriving start-ups and business enterprises, and pioneers across the innovation ecosystem. In order to maintain our leadership position and seize the opportunities that lie ahead, leaders from industry, finance, academia, and government must work together now to understand what the future holds and how we can leverage the Commonwealth’s resources to tackle global challenges.
MassVision2050 (Mass2050) is a sustained, multi-year collaboration between private, public, and academic leaders to generate bold ideas for Massachusetts’ future. With support from Knowledge Partner McKinsey & Company, this new initiative is designed to place Massachusetts at the forefront of the global dialogue on new technologies and their societal impact. Our goal is to select the most important trends in technology, determine their implications for Massachusetts and global challenges, and publish the results focusing on strategies that support the key sectors likely to drive employment and economic growth in Massachusetts in the coming decades.
MassVision2050 2022-2023 Agenda
There will be a series of discussions with thought leaders on topics that will be critical to the success of Massachusetts in the next 20-30 years, including:
As a centerpiece of the Council’s work, Mass2050 will help guide and shape policy decisions by providing solutions that create life-changing opportunities for residents while ensuring all Bay Staters thrive as emerging technologies enhance existing industries, drive new ones, and spur investment and growth.
MassVision2050 Sponsors & Collaborators
Resources & Recaps
Cybersecurity & Cyber Resilience
June 23, 2022 • Zoom Webinar
Cyber-attacks are a growing threat to public safety and our national and economic security. In our current digital environment, every company, large or small, is now a reachable target. Today’s attackers are well-funded, highly organized, and well-trained cybercriminals, which is why all companies must invest in cybersecurity and cyber resilience.
While cybersecurity plans can help prevent a data breach or reduce the risk of malicious activity, no plan is perfect, and as cyber-attacks continue to become more sophisticated, these plans alone are no longer sufficient. Therefore, it is critical for companies to have cyber resilient strategies in conjunction with cybersecurity to mitigate the impacts of these attacks.
On June 23, 2022, Aron Ain, Chairman & CEO of UKG, Corey Thomas, Chairman & CEO of Rapid7, Justin Greis, Partner at McKinsey & Company, and Mark Bristow, Director of MITRE’s Cyber Infrastructure Protection Innovation Center, joined the Council to discuss the ever-evolving cybersecurity landscape for the second MassVision2050 program, Cybersecurity & Cyber Resilience. Along with sharing lessons learned from experiencing cyber-attacks first-hand and advice for other CEOs and senior leaders, our panelists discussed:
Cyber risks institutions across all industries and of all sizes face today
Cyber resiliency—the ability to anticipate, withstand, recover from, and adapt to adverse conditions, stresses, attacks, or compromises on cyber resources
The importance of investing in both cybersecurity and cyber resiliency to ensure operational and business continuity with minimal impact
How Massachusetts can position our technology resources and amplify essential public policies to address future challenges
Chairman & CEO
Aron J. Ain serves as executive chair of the UKG Board of Directors.
Aron firmly believes that great businesses are powered by great people, anything is possible when people are inspired at work and in life, and great management is the single-largest business component that adds to shareholder value and company performance. As executive chair, Aron is actively involved with the company. He works closely with current and future UKG customers and partners, providing support to the leadership team, and promoting the UKG brand worldwide.
Before transitioning into the executive chair role in 2022, Aron served as longtime chief executive officer (CEO) of UKG, which is the only company he has worked for. Aron joined Kronos Incorporated in 1979 and held a role in nearly every functional department over the years, working his way up to become CEO in 2005. In 2020, as founding CEO, Aron helped lead the merger between Kronos and Ultimate Software to become UKG amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The following year, UKG made history by becoming the first newly merged entity to land on the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, debuting at #6.
A multiple-time honoree on Glassdoor’s Top CEOs list, Aron is regarded as a pioneer in workforce and human capital management. In 2018, Aron released his debut book, “WorkInspired: How to Build an Organization Where Everyone Loves to Work” (McGraw-Hill Education). The book chronicles how he and the company’s leadership team used employee engagement as a business strategy to impart leadership lessons onto senior leaders, HR professionals, and people managers.
Chairman & CEO
Corey Thomas is the CEO of Rapid7, as well as the chairman of its board of directors.
In 2021, Corey became a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was appointed class-C director and deputy chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Corey serves on the Massachusetts High Technology Council’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He also serves on the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts board of directors, LPL Financial board of directors, and Vanderbilt University board of trust. He is an active angel investor to technology companies, advisor to organizations undergoing technology transformation, and sought-after speaker and panelist. Previously, he served on the US Commerce Department’s Digital Economy Board of Advisors.
Corey has extensive experience leading technology companies to the next stage of growth and innovation. Prior to joining Rapid7, Corey spent time at Parallels, Inc., Microsoft, Deloitte Consulting, and AT&T. Corey received a B.E. in electrical engineering and computer science from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Justin Greis is a partner in the firm’s Chicago office. He is a leader of McKinsey Digital and the Risk & Resilience Practices, with a focus on cybersecurity, cloud, technology strategy, and digital transformation. Justin designs, builds, and activates secure and trusted digital transformations to help organizations accelerate their mission and protect their purpose. Justin brings a wealth of experience across a wide variety of industries.
Prior to joining McKinsey, he served as the global and the Americas cybersecurity transformation leader for EY. In this role, he helped clients assess, improve, and operate world-class cybersecurity programs. Justin was also a consultant for Protiviti in France. Before that, he led the technology organization of the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, a not-for-profit consulting group. Justin began his career as an entrepreneur, founding BrainOrbit, a digital consulting company that designed, built, and implemented dynamic websites, collaboration portals, and interactive digital solutions.
In addition to his work with McKinsey, Justin serves as a professor at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. He teaches IT governance, risk, and controls in the MSIS and MBA programs. Justin has won numerous awards for his real-world curriculum and innovative teaching methods.
Strong believers in the power of education, Justin and his wife created a scholarship focused on providing higher education opportunities to students. He is a frequent speaker at industry forums such as ISACA, Information Security Forum (ISF), the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and various other executive and board councils. He is a published thought leader on the topics of technology strategy, cybersecurity, IT risk management, and digital transformation.
Justin holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration in accounting and information systems from the Kelley School of Business. He holds the following professional certifications: CDPSE, CGEIT, CIPP/US, CISA, CISM, CISSP, CRISC, GIAC/GSEC, ITIL, PMP, and TOGAF.
Justin enjoys playing drums, harmonica, ukulele, photography, snorkeling, fishing, geology, and rock collecting. An avid learner, Justin frequently writes on his blog, progressology.com, where he explores a variety of topics focused on the central theme of “progress.” Justin lives in the Chicago suburbs with his wife and two children.
Director, Cyber Infrastructure Protection Innovation Center
Mark Bristow is the Director of MITRE’s Cyber Infrastructure Protection Innovation Center (CIPIC) where he oversees MITRE’s work to support public and private entities to protect our nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber and other non-kinetic threats.
Mark joined MITRE from The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). He was the Branch Chief for Cyber Defense Coordination, leveraging his expertise in incident response, industrial control systems, network monitoring and defense to support national security interests. Prior to Threat Hunting, Mark was the Director of the Hunt and Incident Response Team (HIRT). He was also the Incident Response Chief for the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT). In Mark’s 18-year security career, he has worked for CSRA and Securicon, where he supported a variety of private and public sector clients. Mark developed a passion for cybersecurity at age 10 when he found his first ICS bug.
Throughout his cybersecurity career, Mark has been a driving force behind efforts to secure critical infrastructure from significant threats, a leader who has taken multiple organizations from concept to high-performance teams, and a focused educator and mentor developing the next generation of talent to secure our nation and our future.
Mark has been on the front lines of headline grabbing incident response efforts such as the attack on the Ukrainian power grid, intrusions into US election infrastructure, Russian attempts to gain access to the U.S. power grid and any more he’s not allowed to talk about. He is a frequent speaker on industrial control systems security issues worldwide. Mark has guest lectured at many prominent academic institutions including Georgetown University, George Mason University, George Washington University, West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, Virginia Tech, and American University.
He is also a certified SANS instructor teaching the ICS515 ICS Visibility and Response course. Mark’s experience has led him to the path of sharing his knowledge and helping others learn to protect critical infrastructure. He loves teaching not only to help others, but because he learns something from his students in every class. Mark shares his real-world experiences with students so they can relate the information to scenarios in the field.
When Mark isn’t defending ICS systems, he enjoys spending time with his family, working toward his pilot’s license and SCUBA diving as much as possible.
Blue Tech & Climate Resilience
April 12, 2022 • Zoom Webinar
Climate change is a global environmental and economic challenge. Employers, researchers, and policy experts are zeroing in on actions that are intended to mitigate the further erosion of this fragile—yet resilient—resource. Equipped with a robust innovation ecosystem, world-renowned education and research institutions, and strong public-private partnerships, Massachusetts can lead the way forward by investing in our future today. On April 12, 2022, the Massachusetts High Technology Council engaged in a thought-provoking discussion on building a climate resilient future during the first MassVision2050 program, Blue Tech & Climate Resilience. The virtual event explored the global climate challenge, and the role Massachusetts can play in addressing it.
McKinsey & Company Partner Rory Clune kicked off the virtual event with a data-driven look at climate resiliency. Clune examined physical hazards and socioeconomic impacts, providing key metrics to help inform decision makers so that they can better understand, respond to, and mitigate the risks of climate change.
Attendees then heard from Analog Devices’ (ADI) Chief Technology Officer, Dan Leibholz, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) President and Director, Peter de Menocal. The leaders discussed the inextricable links between ocean and climate and why comprehensive climate action must include the ocean. As Leibholz and de Menocal noted, coordinated public-private partnerships are essential for deepening our understanding of the ocean. To solve and scale complex and urgent problems, we need diverse perspectives, skills, and technologies, which is a driving factor behind the Ocean & Climate Innovation Accelerator (OCIA). Launched by ADI and WHOI, OCIA is a first-of-its-kind consortium dedicated to generating and disseminating new knowledge and solutions at the intersection of ocean and climate science, engineering, communications, and action by bringing together the brightest minds in industry, academia, and philanthropy.
Nick Rotker, MITRE’s Chief BlueTech Strategist, provided participants with a look at the global ‘Blue Economy,’ which is predicted to grow at double the rate of the rest of the economy by 2030. With our unparalleled concentration of academia, industry, and government maritime expertise and infrastructure, Massachusetts is uniquely positioned to be a premier hub of maritime and undersea innovation as the global Blue Economy grows to $3 trillion during this decade.
Among the unique resources based in the Commonwealth that Rotker touched upon is MITRE’s BlueTech Lab, a state-of-the-art, all-weather maritime test facility and collaborative laboratory for innovators and researchers to advance marine technology, strengthen climate resilience, and increase national security and safety. Created to break stovepipes and connect partners across academia, industry, and government in ways that have never been done before, MITRE’s BlueTech Lab and capabilities help the community and the nation accelerate new solutions for national security and climate resiliency.
The program wrapped up with a Q&A session with the featured experts, moderated by Clune.
There is an urgent need to understand fundamental ocean processes to predict future climate impact and to inform policies. WHOI and ADI seek to engage with organizations that are committed to climate action.
Please contact WHOI President and Director Peter de Menocal via email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (508) 289-2500, to learn how your organization can join the consortium.
MITRE seeks to partner for mission impact in national security and climate resilience. We engage in the public interest with government, nonprofit, and commercial organizations working to accelerate BlueTech innovation.
Peter de Menocal
President & Director
Peter B. de Menocal is the 11th President and Director of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
A marine geologist and paleoclimatologist, de Menocal’s research uses deep-sea ocean sediments as archives of how and why Earth’s ocean and climate have changed in the past in order to predict how they may change in the future.
Prior to assuming leadership of WHOI, de Menocal was the Thomas Alva Edison/Con Edison Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. He served as Columbia’s Dean of Science for the Faculty of Arts & Sciences and founded Columbia’s Center for Climate & Life, a climate solutions research accelerator.
He has received numerous awards and distinctions, including Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, AGU Emiliani lecturer, a Columbia Lenfest Distinguished Faculty award, and a Distinguished Brooksian award. He earned a doctorate in geology from Columbia University and a master’s degree in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island and was awarded an honorary doctorate from St. Lawrence University.
Chief Technology Officer
As Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Leibholz develops and leads ADI’s long-term technology strategy for applications across the company’s end markets, working closely with ADI’s business units and manufacturing operations to drive ADI’s competitive advantage.
Mr. Leibholz is responsible for identifying, sourcing, and cultivating new business, technology and research opportunities, as well as developing foundational technology capabilities in support of the current and future needs of our markets and customers.
Previously, Mr. Leibholz held the position of Vice President of the Communications Business Unit, during which time he oversaw a period of tremendous growth in the Business Unit as the company delivered best in class offerings for 4G and 5G in the wireless market and continued success in optical networking. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of ADI’s Consumer business, and Vice President of ADI’s Embedded Systems Product and Technology Group. Mr. Leibholz joined ADI in 2008 as Director of Engineering for ADI’s Digital Signal Processing business.
Prior to joining Analog Devices, Mr. Leibholz served as an Engineering Director and Fellow at Advanced Micro Devices, and as a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, having leadership responsibilities for processor architecture and development. He was also a Consulting Engineer at Digital Equipment Corp. and is listed as an inventor on 18 patents in computer architecture.
Mr. Leibholz earned his BSEE and MSEE degrees from Brown University and serves on Brown’s School of Engineering Corporate Advisory Board and on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Science and Education Fair.
Chief BlueTech Strategist
Nick Rotker is MITRE’s Chief BlueTech Strategist and leads the Underwater and Acoustic Systems department within MITRE Labs.
Nick leads MITRE’s efforts to solve big challenges in the BlueTech space, including internal R&D, partnerships, and government work programs. He has experience developing and leading solutions in underwater acoustics, SONAR, signal processing, algorithm development, and distributed sensing systems. Nick facilitates maritime innovation-related collaboration across the government, industry, and academic stakeholders, and provides connection and mentorship to early-state entrepreneurs.
Prior to MITRE, Nick worked as an Acoustic Research Scientist at Scientific Solutions, Inc. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University.
Rory Clune is a partner in McKinsey & Company’s Boston office.
Rory brings broad experience in strategic and operational topics to companies across the energy value chain, along with deep expertise in decarbonizing energy systems. As the leader of the company’s work on the energy transition in North America, he works with electric and gas utilities, investors, advanced technology companies, and other participants in the energy value chain.
Rory’s recent client projects include the following:
- developing the commercial strategy and new product design for a rapidly growing cleantech company
- assessing the long-term strategic evolution of US power markets for a generation company, with an emphasis on the potential role of hydrogen
- evaluating the 30-year grid decarbonization pathway for a US project developer, including evolution paths from power generation to transportation and heat electrification
- advising a hydrogen fuel cell and electrolyzer company on its near-term commercial strategy, including a full range of global hydrogen applications
- supporting a power-generation developer and operator in shaping its strategy in line with decarbonization trends in different US regions
- helping a major US utility to develop a 15-year grid technology and customer strategy, including defining investments in equipment, systems, and people
- assisting a leading wind-turbine producer to reduce costs on its latest models and elevate performance by 15 percent through improvements to product design and strategic sourcing and procurement
On top of his client work, Rory regularly publishes articles about the practicalities of decarbonizing energy systems.
He earned his PhD in engineering and computation and master’s in civil and environmental engineering from MIT, following his bachelor’s in engineering from University College Cork in Ireland. Prior to McKinsey, Rory worked in infrastructure design and in investment banking.