Corporate Forum Speakers

Keynote Speaker

James P. McGovern

Currently serving his fifth term in Congress, Jim McGovern was first sworn in as U.S. Representative for Massachusetts' 3rd Congressional District on January 7, 1997. McGovern has been elected by his New England colleagues to the House Democratic Leadership team as a Regional Whip. McGovern is the second-ranking Democrat on the powerful House Rules Committee, which sets the terms for debate and amendments on most legislation.

In Congress, McGovern has championed several education initiatives, including a bill to increase grant assistance for college students and their families; he has led the fight to provide adequate health care, including home health care; he has worked to increase funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund; he has fought to preserve and strengthen Social Security; and he has secured millions of dollars in federal assistance to Central and Southeastern Massachusetts.

McGovern earned his Bachelor of Arts ('81) and Masters of Public Administration ('84) degrees from The American University, working his way through college by serving as an aide in the office of U.S. Senator George McGovern (D-SD).

Plenary Speakers

Laura Allen

As director of policy and program development for the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council, Laura oversees a variety of projects, including planning, executing and managing MassMEDIC's yearly calendar of educational seminars and industry conferences; analyzing industry trends and promoting MassMEDIC member initiatives through a monthly newsletter; and advancing the Council's legislative activities on behalf of the medical device industry.

Laura also manages MassMEDIC's Special Interest Groups, a series of executive networking meetings focused on functional groups within the membership, including HR representatives, clinical affairs managers, R&D professionals and medtech entrepreneurs.

Prior to joining MassMEDIC, Laura directed high-tech media and analyst relations programs as an Account Manager at Cunningham Public Relations. From 1994-1999, Laura served as Account Director, Member Services for the Corporate Executive Board, a market research firm in Washington, D.C.

Laura graduated cum laude from Wellesley College in 1993, receiving a BA in Psychology.

Thomas M. Finneran

Tom Finneran is the president of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council. Former House Speaker Finneran, a Democrat from Boston, represented the 12th Suffolk District, which includes sections of Dorchester, Mattapan, and Milton. A member of the House of Representatives since 1979, he served as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee from 1991 to 1996. Elected Speaker of the House in April 1996, he was re-elected in January of 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003. The Speakers of 49 state legislatures elected him in 2002 as the president of the National Speakers' Conference from all 50 states.

A graduate of Boston Latin School, Finneran attended Northeastern University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance. In 1978, he received his Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar that same year.

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