STEM And Massachusetts Workforce Challenge

Exploring solutions to the college graduate shortage

Already, the college degree pipeline in Massachusetts is inadequate to meet demand, and workforce supply, especially in STEM fields, must be better cultivated in the Commonwealth’s own backyard. Join us as we bring together business, education and public policy leaders to discuss on the critical topic of the interconnection between STEM education, public policy and the changing needs in Massachusetts’ workforce. There have been significant initiatives to bolster STEM in schools in the past few years, and the focus of the event is to explore what’s working, how to expand efforts, and how business sees the challenge. As Massachusetts weighs making a billion-dollar-plus investment in public schools, an important question is how make the best educational investments to sustain and improve the Commonwealth’s economy. The event, hosted by the State Street Corporation, is a partnership between the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, Mass Insight Education & Research, the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education and the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council.


• Welcome: Joseph McGrail, chief operating officer, State Street Foundation

• Framing the Mass. Workforce Challenge: Michael Goodman, UMass Dartmouth

• Keynote: Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito (invited)

• The Effect of Academic Rigor and College Attainment at Underserved High Schools: Dr. Susan Lusi, Mass Insight Education & Research

• Panel: STEM, college completion and the workforce – challenges, opportunities and success stories


• Dr. Naia Wilson, headmaster, New Mission HS

• Yvonne Spicer, Mayor of Framingham (moderator)

• Aimee Sprung, Civic Engagement Manager, Micro

• Lisa Freed, STEM Program Manager, iRobot

STEM and the Massachusetts Workforce Challenge

Friday, March 22, 2019

7:30 AM – 10:30 AM EDT

State Street Corporation

1 Lincoln Street

Boston, MA 02111