Results: Getting Beyond Politics to Get Important Work Done

Date: Thursday, November 2, 2023
Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm ET
Location: Innovate@BU BUild Lab 730 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

“Wedge issues may be great for making headlines but they do not move us forward. Success is measured by what we accomplish together. Our obligation to the people we serve is too important to place politics and partisanship before progress and results.” – Governor Charlie Baker

Join Innovate@BU and the Initiative on Cities for a discussion with former Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and his former Chief of Staff Steve Kadish on their book Results: Getting Beyond Politics to Get Important Work Done.

At its core, Results is a manual for government and business leaders to use for results-oriented problem-solving. With a broad range of examples – that span everything from rural broadband access to reforms of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families to the COVID-19 pandemic – Baker, a Republican, and Kadish, a Democrat, show how to move from identifying problems to achieving results in a way that bridges divides instead of exacerbating them. They show how government can be an engine of positive change and an example of effective operation, not just a hopeless bureaucracy.

Innovate@BU Executive Director Siobhan Dullea will moderate the discussion and Q&A. Following the talk, Governor Baker will be available for a book signing with attendees – and the first 50 attendees will receive a free copy of the book!

About the Speakers

Charlie Baker is the President of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and previously served as the 72nd Governor of Massachusetts. A former collegiate athlete at Harvard, Baker is credited with bringing bipartisan leadership to the state, successfully guiding Massachusetts through an exceptionally turbulent period for government officials. After eight years in office, he achieved approval ratings exceeding 75 percent, making him the highest-rated governor in the United States and one of the highest-rated elected representatives in the nation. In addition to his two terms as governor, he has brought decades of experience spearheading transformations at high-profile institutions in the private and public sectors.

Steve Kadish is an executive problem-solver who has worked in the public and private sectors as COO, CFO, and big projects lead for over 30 years. Kadish served as Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s first Chief of Staff, where his focus was tackling the most urgent policy and operational problems and building the organizational capacity to do so. He has worked in many roles in the public and private sectors at organizations like Northeastern University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and UMass Medical School. Steve has held multiple state advisory positions and roles on local mental health services and homelessness boards.

Siobhan Dullea is a nationally respected business innovator, executive leader, and Boston University alum with over three decades of experience in the private sector. She has a strong track record of mentoring startups, managing client services, and fostering organizational growth through significant change. Siobhan has held executive roles at companies like MassChallenge, The Grommet, and C Space before joining Innovate@BU as its Executive Director.