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  • Executive Council

    The Executive Council of the Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers at Dana-Farber is a forum for women business and community leaders who are committed to helping find cures for women's cancers.

    The Executive Council is dedicated to:

    • Educating women about breast and gynecologic cancers
    • Cultivating advocates for the Susan F. Smith Center
    • Raising funds to support women's cancers research at Dana-Farber

    The Executive Council was developed to help women in the Greater Boston area learn about women's cancers, while supporting research and treatment in the Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers at Dana-Farber.

    The Executive Council hosts two educational and fundraising events each year — a springtime breakfast in Boston and a fall luncheon in Boston's suburbs — to share progress and raise critical funds in the fight against women's cancers. Since its inception in 2002, the Executive Council has raised more than $11 million to support research into women's cancers and has educated thousands of women about issues in cancer prevention and treatment.

    To learn more about Executive Council events and how you can become involved, please contact Brenda Goodell at 617-632-5089 or email

    Executive Council Breakfast 2017

    On Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Boston, Laurie H. Glimcher, MD, president and chief executive officer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, gave a presentation on the promise of immunotherapy in the fight against women’s cancers, and was joined by fellow leaders who presented on behalf of the Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers. Following the presentation two patients shared their stories.


    Watch the entire video program. 

    Executive Council Beyond Boston Luncheon 2016

    On November 15, 2016, the Executive Council held its annual Beyond Boston Luncheon to educate guests on the latest advances in breast cancer research and clinical care, and to raise vital funds for physician-researchers at the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber. The day’s theme was genetic counseling.

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