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Barbara Dyer is President & CEO of The Hitachi Foundation, CSR advisor and member of the Hitachi Chief Executives group and Senior Lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

The Hitachi Foundation, established in 1985, is an expression of Hitachi’s commitment to global corporate citizenship. Ms. Dyer has shaped the Foundation’s focus on the role of business in society with an emphasis at the intersection of people and profit. Under her leadership the Foundation has been an influential force in the CSR field and has been instrumental in shaping two major national collaborative philanthropic initiatives – Jobs to Careers with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the United States Department of Labor; and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions initially with the Ford and Annie E. Casey foundations.

Ms. Dyer is trustee of Clark University and has served as a member the American University School of Public Affairs Dean’s Advisory Council. She serves as a member of the Points of Light/Hands-On Network Corporate Advisory Council; was a member of the Council on Foundations Corporate Committee and an inaugural member of the More for Mission Leadership Committee.

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The Call to Action -- Do More!

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 2:31 PM

Flash-back, January 7, 1964. Lyndon Baines Johnson made his first State of the Union address to a nation in mourning. President Johnson rallied Congress and the American people to tackle an enormously ambitious agenda. The challenge of the day was to do more to end poverty, unemployment and discrimination while...

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The Real Opportunity Is With the Middle Class

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 2:06 PM

In Paul Krugman's Dec. 6th New York Times opinion piece, "Obama Gets Real" he notes that "a relentlessly growing deficit of opportunity is a bigger threat to our future than our rapidly shrinking fiscal deficit." The U.S. added 203,000 jobs in November and unemployment hovers at seven percent...

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Manufacturing a Recovery: U.S. Gains From Advanced Manufacturing Firms

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 2:01 PM

Co-authored by Mark Popovich

Manufacturing is back -- or so it seems. The stats released this week on trends in durable goods shipments reinforce that point, as the value of durable goods shipments increased to $231.5 billion (seasonally adjusted) last month.

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Let's...

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Laboratories of Capitalism

(1) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 4:45 PM

Shareholder primacy as a management principle is without basis in law and has neither benefited shareholders nor society at large. Such is Steven Pearlstein's argument in last week's Washington Post column, "How the cult of shareholder value wrecked American business." Pearlstein posits that the relentless drive...

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