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BEVERLY, MA – July 30, 2019 – The North Shore Technology Council (NSTC), North Shore InnoVentures (NSIV) and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (Mass Tech) today announced their collaboration on, and launch of, a new joint initiative – T.H.E. (Technology Hub Executive) Leadership Roundtables – developed for North Shore technology company leaders seeking to grow their businesses.

Consisting of a regular series of monthly roundtable discussions facilitated by skilled moderators, THE Leadership Roundtables will provide an intimate and confidential environment for founders and C-Level executives to leverage the unique insights and experiences of their peers and gain valuable advice to help them overcome key issues and achieve their critical business objectives.

James Kawski, Founder of HigherARC, LLC and the lead facilitator said, “Busy executives are alone in the challenges they face. Relating to others with the same stresses brings peace of mind. Co-creation with others can also help participants solve problems, plan strategies, and generate timely, optimized solutions.”

Kawski said the need for such a program was identified through feedback from the NSTC and NSIV communities, “Our roundtables are conceived for companies that are developing new technologies or are an integral part of the innovation cluster. The concerns of technology companies are similar in that they include invention, regulatory issues, intellectual property, contract manufacturing and research, and partnerships that go beyond the concerns of other sectors.”

As a result, the three organizations talked with their networks, put their collective experience together and developed THE Leadership Roundtable. Mass Tech, a unique public agency, created to support the vibrant, growing innovation economy across Massachusetts recognized that NSTC/NSIV were best positioned to launch this pilot program. Consequently, Mass Tech also provided financial support for the creation of THE Leadership Roundtable.

Katherine J. Kahl, PhD, of the UMass Amherst Gloucester Marine Station is among the first wave of applicants who represent some of the North Shore’s leading business executives to sign up for THE Leadership Roundtable. Kahl noted that the Marine Station is leading a regional effort with partners and key advisors on the North Shore to define “Blue Economy” sustainable opportunities in marine industry sectors. “We’re [The UMass Amherst Gloucester Marine Station] also looking at what’s next for our research and education programs and focusing on our business strategies. I’m excited for THE Leadership Roundtable to talk with other innovators and leaders who have been in a similar position. An external group with fresh eyes can help us troubleshoot and problem solve.” Kahl added that her background in policy and science could be beneficial to other members of the group.

“I’m a good process thinker and big picture, problem solver. This is a collaborative program and hopefully other
business will benefit from my unique perspective,” she added.

Kawski said Kahl was right on target, “Participants in THE Leadership Roundtable have the bonus of growing their network and linking with other tech sectors that they might not have otherwise connected with. The opportunities for intersections and growing the tech economy on the North Shore are boundless.”

The first Leadership Roundtable group will launch in late September with another to start before the end of 2019. The meetings will be held at the Cummings Center in Beverly, and Woburn MA. The cost per individual is $600 for a six month membership. For more information or if you’re interested in joining THE Leadership Roundtable visit NSTC.org/leadership-roundtables.