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Pacesetters Make Their Mark

Posted by Liliana Piña on January 22, 2018

You’ve heard of them before. They’re innovators, influencers, leaders of the business community whose work will not only be remembered, but celebrated. They go by many names, but here at the Boston Chamber, we call them Pacesetters.

What is a Pacesetter?

The Boston Chamber’s Pacesetters Initiative is a partnership with nine midsized to large Chamber member organizations – 10 including the Chamber itself – who have taken the pledge to go above and beyond their current efforts to contract with minority-owned businesses and set the pace for the rest of the Greater Boston business community. Beyond increasing contracts and dollars spent with minority-owned businesses, Pacesetters share the goals of fostering partnerships between themselves and other companies to share information that enhances supplier diversity throughout the region and raising awareness of the economic benefits of expanding opportunities to enterprises of color.

So who are the Pacesetters?

The inaugural Pacesetters include:

•         Boston Red Sox

•         Comcast

•         Eastern Bank

•         Gilbane Building Company

•         Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

•         John Hancock

•         Northeastern University

•         P&G Gillette

•         Partners HealthCare

•         Tufts Health Plan

The Chamber and its Pacesetters, along with a special Chamber Board Committee on Economic Opportunity, spent the better part of 2017 recruiting this core group of Pacesetters to develop, and serve as early adopters of, the initiative. Now the cohort will work together to set targets, report data and best practices, and build a roster of suppliers to meet their contracting needs.

Our job at the Chamber is to serve the role of convener, bringing the Pacesetters together and facilitating matchmaking events. We started that work last week, when we gathered stakeholders and the Chamber community to officially launch the Pacesetters program and celebrate a year of successful collaboration.

The program featured remarks from our Director of Economic Opportunity, Sheena Collier, our President & CEO Jim Rooney, and President & CEO of the NE Minority Supplier Development Council, Peter Hurst.

Guests also heard from Ryan Hutchins, Senior VP at Gilbane Building Company and Henry Nsang, Assistant Construction Superintendent at Janey Construction Management and Consulting, Inc. Gilbane and Janey have a remarkable partnership that has grown significantly since its inception, and has also grown Janey’s business along the way. Read more about their partnership in the Bay State Banner.

Check out more photos from the event here.

Interested in becoming involved?

As the list of suppliers grows, the Chamber also plans to grow the number of participating Pacesetter organizations. Interested organizations and suppliers can find more information about getting involved here. We look forward to hearing from you!