The chamber’s global stage
Martha Raddatz was about to board another flight, bound for Baghdad, Tuesday night. But before the ABC News correspondent headed to Logan Airport, she had a few things to say to Boston’s business community: The long road to her career in foreign affairs journalism can be traced right back to this city.
Raddatz told the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce during its annual meeting that her time covering Boston and engaging with the community — she worked at WCVB-TV from 1979 through the early 1990s — motivated her to devote her life to journalism. “I am not kidding when I say I really owe my career . . . in so many ways to this city,” said Raddatz, who jokes that she’ll always be known here by her former name, Martha Bradlee.
Earlier in the evening, Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh continued their “GE Victory Tour.” Baker focused his remarks on what made Boston attractive to General Electric — the city’s smarts, the ease of access to Logan. And Walsh offered examples of how to build on the success of landing GE’s headquarters.
Several attendees were also inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Bostonians, the chamber’s “Hall of Fame” for business and community leaders. The three newcomers this year were: Margaret Marshall, senior counsel at Choate Hall & Stewart and former chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court; Joe Grimaldi, former chairman at ad agency MullenLowe; and Desh Deshpande, the venture capitalist and tech entrepreneur.
Chamber CEO Jim Rooney said the three honorees each played important roles in helping make Boston a “global city.” We used to relish in our underdog status, Rooney said. But, he said, “the days of the underdog are long gone.”
— JON CHESTO
What is Fish & Richardson’s 15 minutes of fame?
Alex, I’ll take law firms for $1,600.
The answer on Tuesday night’s episode of “Jeopardy!,” it turns out, had a Boston connection. “Tops for patent litigation per U.S. News & World Report, Fish & Richardson specializes in IP, short for this.”
The question, of course, was “What is intellectual property?”
But there’s another question: Can this law firm with long Boston roots capitalize on its fleeting moment of fame?
At least it was a morale booster, a source of pride for the firm and its nearly 1,200 employees, including about 250 in Boston.
CEO Peter Devlin, a frequent “Jeopardy!” viewer, was planning on tuning in anyway. But a partner in New York City spoiled the surprise by e-mailing him immediately when the name appeared — the show airs a half-hour earlier in New York than in Boston.
“To actually see it was quite a thrill,” Devlin said. “I don’t know if it will help bring in business. It certainly will help further increase our name recognition and brand.” And fewer people will wonder what the letters “IP” stand for now. — JON CHESTO
New name, same vision for Crittenton Women’s Union
It wasn’t exactly what you’d call a catchy name: Crittenton Women’s Union.
The Boston nonprofit, which helps women and their families get out of poverty, knew its name could be a head-scratcher.
“People found it confusing,” said CEO Beth Babcock. “They thought we were a union, it was hard to spell, and it also didn’t describe what we do.”
So, after years of explaining itself, the organization has ditched its old name and adopted a new one: Economic Mobility Pathways, or EMPath for short.
The new moniker may still not roll off the tongue, but Babcock hopes it better encapsulates the group’s work, which includes providing mentoring, skill building, and career development, as well as housing for homeless families and domestic violence victims.
And in case anyone misses the wordplay, “EMPath” is meant to evoke the empathic aspect of the nonprofit’s mission, which Babcock calls “the head and heart part of what we do.”
— SACHA PFEIFFER