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  • 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 $18 million to support research into women's cancers and has educated thousands of women about issues in cancer prevention and treatment.


  • Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers Executive Council Breakfast flyer
  • Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers Executive Council Breakfast

    Friday, May 1, 2020 | 7:00 - 9:00 a.m.
    Mandarin Oriental, Boston | 776 Boylston Street

    Please join us for coffee and conversation about our commitment to building a cancer-free future.

    Connect with 200 philanthropic women leaders from business and the community. Talk directly with Dana Farber's leading physician-scientists at your table about their research and the latest advancements in women’s cancers and cancer care.

    A panel of world-renowned experts will report on revolutionary developments being made at Dana-Farber, including the first personalized ovarian cancer vaccine trial, impressive progress for patients with HER2+ breast cancer, and a novel targeted therapy trial in endometrial cancer.

    For more information on the Executive Council Breakfast or how to get involved in the Executive Council, please email Maryann Zschau at maryann_zschau@dfci.harvard.edu.


    Executive Council Beyond Boston Luncheon raises $230,000 for women's cancer research

  • Over 200 local women business and community leaders attended the 2019 Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers Executive Council Luncheon on November 1, 2019, raising $230,000 for research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

    This annual luncheon emphasizes the successes of the Susan F. Smith Center in eradicating women's cancers and the revolutionary advancements in the treatment of breast and gynecologic cancers. Funds raised support the Smith Center's Innovation Fund for new research.

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