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The John LaWare Leadership Forum


Founded in 2005, the John LaWare Leadership Forum is a flexible civic mechanism that informs and convenes Greater Boston’s business and civic leaders to respond to the region’s competitiveness challenges and opportunities.
 


The Forum promotes a dynamic model of coordinated and distributed leadership focused on: supporting promising initiatives ripe for implementation; identifying gaps in existing efforts; clearing roadblocks to progress; and celebrating civic achievements.
 

Co-sponsored by a growing list of business and civic groups, the Forum encourages and tracks progress in the key areas of education, housing, jobs and new leadership. The Forum is informed by the Boston Indicators Project, which provides data, measures of change and a broad civic agenda. 

Call to Action & Statement of Commitment 

LaWare Indicators photoMassachusetts is at an important crossroads. Recent employment declines, high housing costs, out-migration, and a widening gap between rich and poor highlight our vulnerabilities and challenges in an increasingly competitive global economy. 

At the same time, Massachusetts is uniquely situated to take advantage of opportunities created by technological advances and new markets, with its world renowned research and teaching institutions, clusters of innovative industries, and a highly educated workforce.

Leveraging—and marketing—these assets, seizing our opportunities and overcoming our challenges will require the combined commitment and effort of business, civic, community and government leaders. 

LaWare Governor Patrick

The John LaWare Leadership Forum offers a flexible mechanism to inform and convene Greater Boston’s civic and business leaders. It seeks to highlight initiatives ripe for implementation, identify gaps, clear roadblocks, and report on progress. Critical to this effort will be a sense of urgency, sharp focus, discipline, and the commitment of time and resources. 

Therefore, as leaders and stakeholders in the future of Massachusetts, we commit to work together to: reach a common understanding of our challenges and opportunities based on the best available research; identify a clear set of shared civic goals and strive for the alignment of current efforts; and advance a focused, collaborative and dynamic agenda for action.


The Forums 

Click the links to access the materials from the forums.

December 7, 2012: The Greater Boston Labor Market

March 14, 2012: City of Ideas: Reinventing Boston’s Innovation Economy

November 18, 2011: The Case for Community Colleges: Aligning Higher Education and Workforce Needs in Massachusetts

October 27, 2010: 10 Top Challenges facing the Commonwealth over the next 10 years

May 27, 2010: A John LaWare Leadership Forum Update

December 16, 2009: The Boston Indicators Report

July 8, 2009: A John LaWare Leadership Forum Update

March 24, 2009: A John LaWare Leadership Forum Update

January 12, 2009: A John LaWare Leadership Forum Update

June 18, 2008: The John LaWare Leadership Forum with the Boston College Citizens Seminar and MassINC

March 6, 2008: John LaWare Leadership Forum Pipeline Updates

October 26, 2007: The Boston Paradox: Lots of Healthcare, Not Enough Health

June 19, 2007: The John LaWare Leadership Forum at the Boston College Citizens Seminar and The Boston Indicators Report

January 23, 2007: John LaWare Leadership Forum Progress Reports

October 30, 2006: John LaWare Leadership Forum Progress Reports

June 7, 2006: The John LaWare Leadership Forum at the Boston College Citizens Seminar

January 11, 2006: Greater Boston's Key Challenges and a Scan of the Competition

November 2, 2005: Boston's Competitive Challenge


About John LaWare 

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The John LaWare Leadership Forum honors the legacy of an exemplary business and civic leader, John LaWare, who was born in Wisconsin but ultimately claimed by Boston.   

ohn graduated from Harvard University and, after a stint as a senior officer at Chemical Bank of New York City, came to Boston in 1978 to be the Chairman and CEO of Shawmut Bank, serving in that role for 10 years.  During that period, he quickly became a major force in helping to shape the civic life of Boston.  He was Chairman of the Coordinating Committee, Chairman of Children’s Hospital, and Chairman of the Alliance for International Business (now the Massachusetts Alliance for International Business).  

In 1988, he was nominated and elected as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.  He passed away in 2005, but his gracious, generous, inclusive, and effective leadership lives on as the inspiration for the John LaWare Leadership Forum. 



About the Founders 

 
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The Forum was founded and coordinated by (from left): John Hamill, Chairman of Sovereign Bank New England; Cathy Minehan, President and CEO of the Boston Federal Reserve Bank; and Paul S. Grogan, President and CEO of the Boston Foundation.






The Forums

December 7, 2012

The Greater Boston Labor Market

This session of the John LaWare Leadership Forum focused on the Greater Boston labor market and what is needed to keep Massachusetts competitive in the global marketplace. Speakers included Robert Clifford of the Center for Labor Market Studies at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, along with Mass. Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki and Mass. Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Freeland.

View a video of the forum.


March 14, 2012

City of Ideas: Reinventing Boston’s Innovation Economy

What if we broadened the definition of "innovation" to include revolutionary ways of creating new jobs? What if the people of Boston had another great idea?

This John LaWare Leadership forum featured the release of the Sixth Biennial Boston Indicators Report, called City of Ideas: Reinventing Boston's Innovation Economy. The report was presented by Charlotte Kahn, Director of the Boston Indicators Project.

The forum also included a panel discussion featuring: Eric Nakajima, Senior Innovation Advisor, Executive Office of Housing & Development; Mitchell Weiss, Chief of Staff, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, City of Boston; Vivien Li, President, The Boston Harbor Association; Richard M. Burnes, Founding Member and General Partner, Charles River Ventures; Ken Smith, Executive Director, YouthBuild Boston; Richard A. Dimino, President & CEO, A Better City.

View a video of the forum.


November 18, 2011

The Case for Community Colleges: Aligning Higher Education and Workforce Needs in Massachusetts

This special John LaWare Leadership forum featured the release of an important new report, entitled The Case for Community Colleges: Aligning Higher Education and Workforce Needs in Massachusetts. The report includes a comprehensive set of recommendations for strategically revamping the Massachusetts community college system to better align it with the needs of a 21st-century workforce.

The event featured a keynote speech by Dr. Glen DuBois, Chancellor of Virginia’s Community College system and a renowned expert in creating the kind of alignment that is required between institutions of public higher education and the economic needs of the Knowledge Economy.

The event also featured a panel discussion moderated by Paul Grogan, President and CEO of the Boston Foundation. Panelists included: Charles Desmond, Chairman, Massachusetts Board of Higher Education; Michael Thomas, President and CEO, The New England Board of Higher Education; Dan O’Connell, President and CEO, The Massachusetts Competitive Partnership; Ira Rubenzahl, President, Springfield Technical Community College; Nancy Snyder, President and CEO, Commonwealth Corporation.

View a video of the forum.


October 27, 2010 

10 Top Challenges facing the Commonwealth over the next 10 years

Barry Bluestone, Dean, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University

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May 27, 2010

A John LaWare Leadership Forum Update

Presentations
 
Brief Update on LaWare Priorities
Mary Jo Meisner
 
Taking Maximum Advantage of Competitive Federal Funding Opportunities
Secretary Greg Bialecki
 
Massachusetts Green HPCC Overview
Chris Hill
 
Center for the Advancement of Building Systems (CABS) New England Energy Regional Innovation Cluster (NEE-RIC)
Sarah Slaughter
 
Social Innovation Fund Overview
Doug Borchard
 
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December 16, 2009

The Boston Indicators Report

The Boston Foundation presented a new biennial report of the Boston Indicators Project on December 16th at a John LaWare Forum, which attracted hundreds of diverse civic leaders, including featured speaker Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Called A Great Reckoning: Healing a Growing Divide, the report shows that because of the effects of a widening income inequality that disproportionately affects children of color—the growth tip of the region’s population—Greater Boston may not have the highly educated talent and resources it will need to propel the region’s knowledge economy forward in coming decades.

Using stunning charts, Charlotte Kahn, Director of the award-winning Boston Indicators Project, detailed alarming trends that are national in scope but hit Greater Boston and the state hard. They include a shift toward income inequality and other trends that show excessive expenditures with few results in education, health care, energy and criminal justice. As a result, despite enormous public and private expenditures, there are persistent racial/ethnic achievement gaps in educational attainment, increasing rates of obesity and preventable chronic disease, and rising energy consumption. In addition, the U.S. ranks number #1 in the world in its per capita prison population. The Report calls for “bending the curve,” by directly challenging these trends with a serious commitment to results.

“Sobering though this report is, it is enormously important,” said Governor Patrick, “because it proves that disparities are widening.” He called the stubborn achievement gap not just an “educational or economic” setback, but a “moral setback,” and said that the report can serve as a “benchmark” for making progress.

“The American Dream, especially for inner-city families with children, is receding,” said Paul S. Grogan, President CEO of the Boston Foundation. “The question posed by this report is: Can we rise to the challenge and heal a growing divide?”

Judith Kurland, Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Chief of Staff, who spoke on the Mayor’s behalf, joined Mr. Grogan, the Governor and others in encouraging support of education reform legislation that could begin to begin to close the achievement gap. The legislation is needed to secure the Commonwealth’s share of $4.35 billion in federal “Race to the Top” funding. The Education Reform Act of 2009 passed the state Senate in November and will be voted on by the House in January. The Senate’s vote was informed by the Race to the Top Coalition, which was convened by the Boston Foundation.


July 8, 2009

A John LaWare Leadership Forum Update

This update included welcoming remarks from Federal Reserve President Eric S. Rosengren and opening comments from John Hamill and Paul Grogan.  Presentations included:
  
Progress on Jobs
Mary Jo Meisner

The Current State of Housing in Massachusetts
Barry Bluestone

Massachusetts Competitiveness
Richard C. Lord

The Public Sector Can't Handle a Fiscal Crisis
Jim Stergio

Municipal Health Insurance
Michael Widmer

Massachusetts Pension Reform
Sam Tyler

Transportation
Richard A. Dimino

World Class, College Ready: The Massachusetts Public Education Agenda
William Guenther

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March 24, 2009

A John LaWare Leadership Forum Update

This update included welcoming remarks from Federal Reserve President Eric S. Rosengren and opening comments from John Hamill and Paul Grogan.  Presentations included:

Massachusetts at a Crossroads: Renewing the Competitiveness of Boston and the State
Michael Porter

The Recession and Human Capital
Ed Glaeser

A New “Grand Bargain” for Public Sector Workers 
Barry Bluestone

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January 12, 2009

A John LaWare Leadership Forum Update

Welcome
Paul Connolly 

The John LaWare Leadership Forum
John Hamill

Economic Conditions
Lynne Browne

Housing Pipeline Update
Mary Jo Meisner

Panel Presentations
 
Paul Grogan opening remarks 
Panel introductions

Boston's Education Pipeline: A Report Card
Charlotte Kahn

The College Enrollment and Graduation Experiences of Boston Public School Graduates from the Class of 2000: Findings from A Seven -Year Longitudinal Study
Andrew Sum presentation

The Future of the Skilled Labor Force in New England: The Supply of Recent College Graduates


June 18, 2008

The John LaWare Leadership Forum with the Boston College Citizens Seminar and MassINC

Peter Rollins made the opening remarks and Fr. Monan provided an introduction.

Presenters included: Greg Torres, John Hammil and Paul Reville.  There also was a moderated discussion featuring:

Moderator: Nicholas C. Donohue, President, Nellie Mae Foundation

Panelists: Anne Waas, Vice President, Massachusetts Teachers Association; Grace Fey, President, Grace Fey Advisors; Elizabeth Reilinger, Chair, Boston School Committee; and the Honorable Lisa Wong, Mayor of Fitchburg.


March 6, 2008

John LaWare Leadership Forum Pipeline Updates

Pipeline Updates
Mary Jo Meisner
 
Massachusetts College and Career Web Portal
Heidi Guarino and Eileen O'Connor

New Leadership Pipeline Progress Report
Leroy J. Walker

The Foreclosure Crisis Report: Paul Grogan provided an overview and Lynne E. Brown introduced the session.

Panel Discussion included: Bob Mahoney, Cathy Minehan, Dan Crane, Janna Tetreault, Bill Potter, John Hammil and Kurt James.

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October 26, 2007

The Boston Paradox: Lots of Healthcare, Not Enough Health

Housing Pipeline Update
Mary Jo Meisner

Jobs Pipeline Update
Leroy Walker

Report: The Boston Paradox: Lots of Healthcare, Not Enough Health
Wendy Everett

Lynne Browne and Jessica McWade: Branding New England

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June 19, 2007

The John LaWare Leadership Forum at the Boston College Citizens Seminar
The Boston Indicators Report

“In every century since its 17th century founding as a ‘city on a hill,’ Greater Boston has been a birthplace of revolutions. From the American Revolution in the 18th century to America’s Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, to the Information Age of the 20th century, Greater Boston has played an outsized role in our country and in the world. Today, if we want to retain our competitiveness—and become sustainable in the complex 21st century—it must make its revolutionary mark once again.” With these words, Charlotte Kahn, Director of the Boston Indicators Project, unveiled the fourth biennial Boston Indicators Summary Report titled A Time Like No Other: Charting the Course of the Next Revolution.

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January 23, 2007

John LaWare Leadership Forum Progress Reports

Progress on Housing 
Barry Bluestone

Progress on Jobs
Mary Jo Meisner

Progress on New Leadership
Leroy Walker

"Think Again" Campaign: Patricia Plummer, Jeffrey Nellhaus

2007 Employer Community Jobs Agenda
Stan Lukowski

Tough Choices or Tough Times
Tom Payzant

Daniel O'Connell

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October 30, 2006 

John LaWare Leadership Forum Progress Reports

Progress on Housing 
Barry Bluestone
Mary Jo Meisner

Global Massachusetts 2015 Progress Report
Leroy Walker
William Guenther

Muscular Massachusetts: Streamlining and Sustaining Job Growth 
Paul Grogan and Ranch Kimball

Discussion: Jack Wilson, Ranch Kimball, Robert Culver and Thomas Finneran
 
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June 7, 2006

The John LaWare Leadership Forum at the Boston College Citizens Seminar

J. Donald Monan, S.J., Chancellor of Boston College

Keynote Speaker
Richard Gilman, Publisher, Boston Globe 

Updates

Paul Grogan, Barry Bluestone and Eleanor White, Ranch Kimball, William Guenther, Milton Benjamin and Thomas Finneran.


May 3, 2006

North Carolina's Talent, Education and Innovation Pipeline

North Carolina's Talent, Education and Innovation Pipeline 
Robert C. Kanoy 

Reactions and Observations

Paul Grogan, Mara Aspinall, Milton Benjamin

Enticing people to Massachusetts

Global Massachusetts 2015: LaWare
William Guenther

Where 40R Stands
Mary Jo Meisner

Developing a Brand for New England: An Update
Lynn Browne

Closing Remarks
Steve Crosby, Cathy Minehan, Kim Rice and Neil Sullivan

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January 11, 2006

Greater Boston's Key Challenges and a Scan of the Competition

RECAP: Greater Boston's Key Challenges and Scan of the Competition 
Mary Jo Meisner

Panel Discussion: John Hamill, introductions

Chapter 40R and 40S ... and Beyond Getting the Incentives  Right: Housing
Barry Bluestone

Building an Integrated System of Educational Excellence
Maura Banta

Understanding the Importance of Early Education
Mara G. Aspinall

Developing a Brand Name for New England
Lynn Browne

General Discussion: Paul Grogan, Mitchell Adams, Jeanne Pinado, David Belgefer, Andrew Grainger, Flash Wiley, Neil Sullivan, Thomas Payzant, Teri Williams and Joyce Plotkin

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November 2, 2005

Boston's Competitive Challenge

Metro Boston's Competitiveness Challenge
Barry Bluestone
Mary Jo Meisner

Innovation Economy Jobs
Winning the Competition for Talent: 4 Big Ideas
William Guenther

Talent: Sharpening Our Competitive Edge
Grace Fey

The State of Affordable Housing in Greater Boston
Alicia C. Sasser

The New England Context: Regional Branding and Networks
Mike Reopel

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