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Power dynamics in the Central Massachusetts business community made two major shifts in 2021, due to the two major events upending the entire global community.
First came the coronavirus pandemic, which placed new emphasis on health care, public health, and attempts to prevent the most vulnerable in a time of crisis, all while business and industry found ways to survive and thrive under tight restrictions.
Then, the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police brought the complex problem of institutional racism to the forefront of the public consciousness, which led Central Massachusetts business leaders to think more about diversity, equity and inclusion in their own workplace cultures, as well as to address the larger problems plaguing society.
This turmoil rewrote the story of who holds the power in the Central Massachusetts economy and – most importantly – who effectively wielded that power in the past year to have an outsized influence on the community. Below are those Central Mass. professional who did just that, and ended up being the most influential people in the business community.