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Annual Conference: Change: Recognizing, Adapting, Crafting Change to Advance Massachusetts Economic Leadership

June 14, 2019 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM Download as calendar entry
Newton Marriott Hotel - 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton

From casinos to cannabis, craft beer to cell therapies, the Seaport and Kendall Square, much was unforeseen just a decade ago.  As we look forward, how can we maintain competitive advantages in Massachusetts as change accelerates even more rapidly?


Carolyn Jones, Market President and Publisher, Boston Business Journal

Carolyn is the Market President of the Boston Business Journal, a weekly business newspaper and website, bostonbusinessjournal.com.  In this capacity, she is responsible for overall operations, including advertising, audience development, news, internet activities, programs and events and achieving revenue and profit goals. Prior to becoming publisher at the BBJ in November of 2015, Carolyn had been the publisher of the Albany Business Review, in Albany NY, and was in that role since 1998. The Business Review is a sister publication of the BBJ, both owned by American City Business Journals, which owns 43 business journals across the country.  Carolyn joined the ABR in 1987 and worked as an account executive and then advertising director before taking on the publisher role.  Previously, she worked as an assistant editor for Home Box Office in New York, NY. Carolyn is on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Mass Bay, advisory board member of Center for Women & Enterprise; Board Member of the March of Dimes and a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum.

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Mike Kennealy, Secretary of Housing & Economic Development

Mike is responsible for advancing the Baker-Polito Administration’s agenda to create economic opportunity for residents, collaborative leadership in communities, an environment that supports job creation and business growth, and new housing for residents through targeted investments. In early 2015, Mike joined the Administration as Assistant Secretary for Business Growth. As Assistant Secretary, Mike played an integral role in advancing the administration’s strategy for job creation and business development across the entire Commonwealth and provided leadership in key sectors, including serving as co-chair of the board of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. Mike combines a successful track record in the private sector with a strong commitment to the public good.



Dougan Sherwood, President and CEO, Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce

Last year, Dougan moved his career to Haverhill in Massachusetts’ Merrimack Valley to focus on local and community centered economic development. For more than 10 years, Dougan was part of Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), one of the oldest and largest shared office and co-working spaces in the world. In that time, Dougan served oversaw operations for all of CIC’s expansion locations throughout the U.S. Dougan is also a contributing partner of the Greater Haverhill Foundation, a redevelopment fund, and sits on the Board of Directors for Youth CITIES, a program that introduces students to social entrepreneurship, as well as a number of community-based initiatives in Haverhill.


Lauren Jones, State Director, Apprenti

Lauren has over 13 years of experience spanning local and state government as well as the private and non-profit sectors with a focus especially on business marketing and economic and workforce development. Prior to joining Apprenti, Lauren spearheaded partner programming for HUBweek, the region’s innovation festival, managing collaborative events and initiatives with over 200 companies. While working in local government, Lauren created and led the Business Strategy Unit for the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development in the City of Boston.


Rick Sullivan, President and CEO, Western Mass Economic Development Council

Before heading the EDC, Rick was Governor Deval Patrick’s top advisor and worked with all members of his Cabinet to advance the Administration’s agenda. Prior to being named Patrick’s Chief of Staff, Rick served as Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, overseeing the Commonwealth’s six environmental, natural resource and energy regulatory agencies. He also served as Chairman of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, the Energy Facilities Siting Board, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. and as Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Rick served as the Mayor of Westfield from 1994 to 2007 and, in that capacity, chairman of the Westfield School Committee. He is a past president of the Massachusetts Mayors Association, past chairman of the Turnpike Advisory Board, and a past member of the Governor’s Local Advisory Committee.



Thank you to our lead sponsor, Santander

Thank you to our partner sponsor

For more information, contact , 617-924-4600, ext. 13