June 19, 2018
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
The Edgerley Center for Civic Leadership at the Boston Foundation
75 Arlington Street, 3rd floor Boston, MA
The Work of Leisure: Behind the Scenes of Massachusetts' Leisure, Hospitality and Tourism Industry - the first such study in 27 years - is a detailed report that reveals how ubiquitous this industry really is and how much influence it has. And yet, in many ways, we undervalue the workforce that is essential to this steady, reliable contributor to our economy.
This report can serve as a starting point for an overdue dialogue about policies that will allow the workers in the leisure, hospitality and tourism industry to earn a living wage while at the same time ensuring the enterprises that employ them continue to be profitable. As the report makes clear, these goals are essential to the continued economic success of Massachusetts.
Paul S. Grogan, President & CEO, The Boston Foundation
Presentation of Report Findings
Mark Melnik, Ph.D., Director, Economic & Public Policy Research, UMass Donahue Institute
Keith Mahoney, Vice President of Communications & Public Relations, The Boston Foundation
Jill Griffin, Director of Workforce, Supplier and Diversity Development,
Massachusetts Gaming Commission
Brian Lang, President, UNITE HERE Local 26
Wendy K. Northcross, Chief Executive Officer, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce/
Convention & Visitors Bureau
James E. Rooney, President & CEO, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce