Program Start: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration Begins 30 minutes prior.
Our focus centers on the fact that Human Capital Strategy is a critical issue for all Companies in New England. It is imperative that Boards of Directors focus on the issues impacting their company's ability to attract and retain its workforce. In New England, as in other parts of the world, transportation issues ("Gridlock") are having an increasingly large impact. Massachusetts workers are feeling the effect of crowded roads and time-wasting delays brought about by unreliable (or unavailable) public transportation, and no one expects this to get better soon.
Adding to this is the changing relationship between employers and their workforce. Many employees are no longer willing to sign up for long commutes and others simply choose to live where they don't need a car. A recent poll indicated that 72% of commuters say that the transportation gridlock is having an emotional impact and is changing where they choose to work. Both executives and their boards need to be fully engaged and focused on how these changes in the availability, mobility and retention of talent will impact a company's ability to achieve success and value for its shareholders. Expectations are that employees will increasingly want flexibility from a physical perspective and flexible hours.
About Our Panelists:
Donna C. Cupelo: As vice president of Public Policy in Verizon’s Central and New England regions of the country. Verizon is a technology company that connects millions of people, companies, and communities with powerful technology; through award winning networks providing interactive entertainment, digital media, the” Internet of Things” and broadband access to customers across the globe. In 2018, Verizon was the first in the world to launch commercial 5G with residential broadband deployment beginning in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Houston, and Indianapolis and in 2019, will introduce mobile 5G in 30 cities. Cupelo represents Verizon's public policy and corporate interests as a leader in delivering the promise of the digital world through broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government, and wholesale customers. Prior to her current position, Cupelo held multiple leadership positions in Operations, Marketing and Sales. Cupelo is active in many civic and charitable and business organizations in New England. In Massachusetts, she chairs Governor Baker’s Statewide Workforce Development Board and oversees committees focused on Labor and Market Studies, Economic Opportunity for those having difficulty entering the workforce, Youth Employment, and compliance with the Federal Workforce Investment Opportunity Act. Cupelo is past Finance Chair of the Boston Private Industry Council, an organization dedicated to providing Boston based employment opportunities for high school students and career center services for job seekers of all ages. She was recognized for her leadership with the Private Industry Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, she participates on the Executive Boards of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, Tech Hub Collaborative, and Providence Chamber of Commerce and is Vice Chair of the Greater Boston Chamber - groups that focus on the role of the business community and its partnership with government to grow the state’s economy through enablement of competitiveness initiatives. As a member of the Massachusetts Women's Forum, Cupelo focus is on mentoring and empowerment of women, and has co-chaired the annual "Women Opening Doors for Women" event. Cupelo previously co-chaired Boston Mayor Martin Walsh's economic development transition team, and served on Governor Baker's Economic Development Planning Council. Cupelo received a Bachelor of Science degree from Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island, and a Masters of Business Administration from Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Robert K. Coughlin: As President and CEO of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, Bob's mission is to advance Massachusetts' leadership in the life sciences to grow the industry, add value to the healthcare system and improve patient lives. Over the last decade, Bob has truly become a champion for patients by ensuring innovative companies have the best environment possible to research, develop, and commercialize breakthrough therapies and cures for people around the world who need and deserve them.
Bob has spent his career in both the public and private sectors. Before joining MassBio, he served as the Undersecretary of Economic Development within Governor Deval Patrick's administration, where he prioritized both healthcare and economic development issues and was a strong advocate for the life sciences industry in Massachusetts. Prior to that, he was elected as State Representative to the 11th Norfolk district for three terms. Bob has also held senior executive positions in the environmental services, capital management and venture capital industries.
In addition to his professional responsibilities, Bob is an active member in the community. He is a past board member of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, and is currently serving on the board of directors for The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare. He also is a member of the Board of Trustees at Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board at Boston Children's Hospital. Bob has served as the honorary chairman of the Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk since 1996. In years past, he co-chaired the Children's Hospital Boston signature event, Champions for Children and the Schwartz Center's Compassionate Healthcare Dinner.
In 2011, the American Diabetes Association honored Bob with their Father of the Year Award. In 2012, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation honored Bob with the CF Foundation Volunteer Leadership Award and in 2013 he received the Boston Irish Business Award from the Boston Irish Business Association. In 2014, he was awarded for his leadership in Biotechnology by the Massachusetts Society for Medical Research. He received the NTSAD advocate of the year in 2015 and was named to the Boston Business Journal’s Power 50, Top 50 Most Influential Bostonians. In 2016, he was honored with the Boston Biotech CEO Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2017 Bob received the first-ever awarded Governor Paul Cellucci Fatherhood Award from the Children's Trust and the Breath of Life Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. His latest honors include being recognized by Boston Magazine as one of "The 100 Most Influential People in Boston" and received the 12th Anniversary Founders Award from the Institute for Pediatric Innovation (2018). He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy where he majored in Marine Engineering, and served as an officer in the United States Naval Reserve.
Jim Tierney: As the Market Director for JLL New England, Jim is responsible for the company's success across multiple business lines: agency leasing and tenant representation services; property management; project and development services, and; capital markets and investment sales services. These businesses are recognized leaders serving the office, retail, industrial and multi-family markets throughout New England. Jim works to make JLL the thought leader in commercial real estate and to ensure the delivery of exceptional service to our clients. He is committed to retaining, attracting and rewarding a talented and diverse team that forges long-lasting, highly-successful relationships with our clients.
Prior to joining JLL in 2014, Jim served as the Chief of Staff and Special Counsel at the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). In that position he helped determine the economic development agenda, coordinate planning activities and manage the development approval process for the City of Boston. Before his work at the BRA, Jim was a practicing attorney in the Boston office of a large international law firm where he represented clients in commercial litigation and administrative proceedings. He has also worked for a Member of the United States House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. and for a political consulting firm in Chicago, Illinois. About Our Moderator:
Tracey Zhen: Tracy is president of Zipcar, the world’s leading car-sharing network, where she oversees all facets of the business. Tracey is focused on innovation and leveraging technology to grow Zipcar’s position as a category leader within the fast-growing mobility industry.
Tracey has 20 years of experience in leadership roles at consumer technology companies, including senior management roles at TripAdvisor and Expedia where she oversaw business strategy, finance, operations, product development, and marketing.
At TripAdvisor, Tracey oversaw the company’s vacation rental brands, scaling the business and growing revenue through strategic acquisitions and the restructuring of its business models. At Expedia, Tracey served as general manager for emerging markets and strategy, leading international business growth in Europe and Latin America. There she launched new markets, built a European strategy team, and scaled the business to multi-million-dollar growth. Tracey has a proven track record of scaling start-up businesses through product innovation, technology platform development, and consumer marketing.
Tracey started her career in investment banking at Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc., and she held senior roles at IAC where she built and oversaw a finance and analytics team, was responsible for new business development, corporate restructurings and capital financings.
Tracey serves on the advisory board of the Taubman Center for state and local government at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Tracey is a graduate of New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business holding dual B.S. degrees in Finance and Information Systems. She is a resident of Boston and a native of New York City.