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City focuses on wages for Boston jobs

Posted on April 24, 2015

The mayor is having an important discussion about wages for Boston jobs.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined nearly 200 business leaders at the Omni Parker House for an event discussing the disparities in wage equity that remain in Boston.

“Closing the wage gap requires a multifaceted approach,” Mayor Walsh said. “We have to create more pipelines for female employees, we have to create more family-friendly policies that help us attract and retain female employees, and we have to ensure the culture of our work environments is welcoming and inclusive of all employees.”

“The Boston Women’s Workforce Council is proud of the work Mayor Walsh’s office is doing to promote wage equity awareness,” said Cathy Minehan, Chair of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council. “Conversations like these need to be happening from the board room down in every company in America, and we are starting that trend in Boston.”

The first annual Best Practices Conference for the signatories of Mayor Walsh’s 100% Talent Compact, a commitment to wage equity in the workplace, was sponsored by the Boston Women’s Workforce Council, Simmons College, and the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement.

State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg moderated a panel discussion with Jeff Leiden, CEO of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, and Bob Reynolds, CEO of Putnam Investments. It was followed by a panel moderated by Megan Costello, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement, joined by Lynn Albright, Vice President of Stores, East Territory, Gap Inc.; Regis Mulot, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Staples; Betsy Larson, Vice President, Compensation, MassMutual; and Kathy Horgan, Executive Vice President, Global HR/Chief Operating Officer, State Street.