Jayne Bennett Friedberg reinforces the truism that if you want to get a job done, give it to a busy person who is also competent and caring. Her sense of responsibility was shaped by events in her life. Growing up in Needham, Mass., with her parents and younger twin brothers, she learned at an early age to cope with adversity. Her father passed away when she was 13 years old and in 1978, her brother Alan was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. Jayne assumed the role of caretaker during his years of treatment. After he lost his valiant struggle at age 27, Jayne transferred her care to her mother, who suffered a stroke as a result of her son's illness.
Her parents stressed helping others and giving back to the community, and Jayne believed that working for the Friends of Dana-Farber would enable her to do just that. Once becoming a Friends' Board member, Jayne quickly demonstrated her expertise by co-chairing many committees before being elected recording secretary, executive vice president of fundraising, co-president for two terms and president for another two terms. Presently, she is once again co-chairing the Tribute Book for the Friends' Gala.
Multiple accomplishments include graduating with honors from Boston University School of Management with a BA/BS in Finance and combining professionalism and volunteerism. Jayne is a vice president at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and, as a top-producing real estate broker, is the recipient of numerous honors. Working seven days a week does not deter Jayne from devoting equal time to strengthening her resolve to keep the Friends in the forefront of winning the battle against cancer.
As if this schedule is not full enough, Jayne finds time to serve on numerous philanthropic committees, as well as being an Executive Board Member of the Brookline Chamber of Commerce.