Profiles in Service presented by John Hancock

The Profiles in Service breakfast series features an hour of conversation with top leaders in public service, open to the first 40 eligible New Frontier Network members that register. Members at the Pioneer Level and above will receive advance notice of Profiles in Service events.

If you are not yet a member, we encourage you to attend one introductory event. To continue attending NFN events we invite you to join.

Past Events

Karen Finney

Karen Finney

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 8:00AM

Karen Finney most recently served as Senior Advisor for Communications and Political Outreach and Senior Spokesperson for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Her work also includes four presidential campaigns, service in the Clinton White House, and Hillary Clinton’s first New York Senate race. The first and only African American spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee, Finney also helped lead the DNC’s communications and media strategy for Howard Dean’s “50 State Strategy. Finney has also worked to improve public education. As Chief of Staff to the Chairman, CEO and President of Scholastic Inc., Karen led a number of corporate projects including branding campaigns, internet strategy and partnership development. As the chief spokesperson and Communications Director for the New York City Board of Education, Karen also managed crisis communications in the aftermath of 9/11. Currently she serves on the boards of NARAL pro-choice America and the Civic Engagement Fund. Finney hosted her own television show on MSNBC, “Disrupt with Karen Finney”, where she also worked as a contributor and political analyst for five years. She is currently a Fall Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics. Sara Stephany, NFN member and Director of Public Affairs for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, will moderate the discussion.

Marty Meehan

Marty Meehan

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 8:00AM

Marty Meehan is the 27th president and first undergraduate alumnus to lead the five-campus University of Massachusetts system. A former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, he was elected to the presidency after eight successful years as chancellor of his alma mater, UMass Lowell, during which he led the university to top-tier national status, improving its performance in every sphere of activity, including enrollment, student success, fundraising and auxiliary revenue generation. Under Meehan's leadership and with his support and advocacy, the UMass system has reached new heights and achieved historic milestones. During his 14 years in Congress, Meehan served on the House Armed Services and Judiciary committees and established a national reputation for his legislative leadership. He won praise for his efforts to protect the public from the health risks of tobacco, and he was a central figure in campaign finance reform. In addition to his degree from UMass Lowell, Meehan earned a master's degree in public administration from Suffolk University in 1981 and a juris doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1986.

Mohamad Ali

Mohamad Ali

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 8:00AM

Under Mohamad’s leadership, Carbonite's global team is fully engaged in developing and delivering the next generation of data protection solutions. Driven by a passion for technology, Mohamad served as Chief Strategy Officer at Hewlett Packard where he played a pivotal role in the company’s turnaround. At IBM, Mohamad lead the creation of the firm’s eight billion dollar business analytics software unit, and at Avaya, he oversaw the company's two billion dollar services group. He was also the CEO of the Workforce Optimization division of Aspect Software. Mohamad holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering, a B.A. in History, and a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He serves on the boards of iRobot, Oxfam America, and the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. Kyle Lawless, NFN member and Assistant Director of the Geostrategic Business Group at EY, moderated the discussion.

Ambassador Nicholas Burns

Ambassador Nicholas Burns

Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 8:00AM

Ambassador Nicholas Burns is the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project, and Faculty Chair for the Programs on the Middle East, India, and South Asia.

Ambassador Burns served in the United States government for twenty-seven years. As a career Foreign Service Officer, he served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; U.S. Ambassador to NATO; Ambassador to Greece; and State Department Spokesman. He also worked for five years on the National Security Council at the White House where he was Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs and Special Assistant to President Clinton, and Director for Soviet Affairs in the Administration of President George H.W. Bush. Before that, he served in the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, and at the American embassies in Egypt and Mauritania.

Sam Kennedy

Sam Kennedy

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 8:00AM

Sam Kennedy is President of the Boston Red Sox. A native of Brookline, MA, who grew up within walking distance of Fenway Park, Kennedy joined the Red Sox in 2002 as Vice President of Corporate Partnerships. He was part of the first wave of executives the current ownership group brought to Boston from the San Diego Padres, which also included his Brookline High School classmate Theo Epstein. Kennedy became the club's President on October 16, 2015, succeeding President/CEO emeritus Larry Lucchino.

In addition to his Red Sox role, Kennedy is also President of Fenway Sports Management (FSM), and serves on the board of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; the Dana-Farber Visiting Committee for Institute Initiatives; The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce; and Camp Harbor View.

Vanessa Kerry

Dr. Vanessa Kerry

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 8:00AM

Dr. Vanessa Kerry, MD, MSc, is the founder and CEO of Seed Global Health, a non-profit working in over 20 sites in five countries to help sustainably change health outcomes through leadership development. She is also the Associate Director of Partnerships and Global Initiatives at Mass General Global Health and Director of Global Public Policy and Social Change program at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Kerry is a Draper Richards Kaplan Social Entrepreneur, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and has been published in numerous academic journals and media outlets. She graduated from Yale University summa cum laude and Harvard Medical School cum laude, completing her Internal Medicine residency and Critical Care Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She earned her Master's in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing from the London Schools of Economics, Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Suzanne Bump

Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 8:00AM

Suzanne M. Bump, is the 25th Auditor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the first female to serve in this role in the state's history. Prior to her election, Auditor Bump served in former Governor Deval Patrick's cabinet as Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development and represented the Town of Braintree for eight years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. In the private sector, she worked as a business advocate, legal counsel, and sat on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations including the South Shore Chamber of Commerce and St. Francis House. A native of Whitman, Massachusetts, Auditor Bump attended Cardinal Spellman High School and is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University School of Law.

Governor Deval L. Patrick

Governor Deval L. Patrick

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 8:00AM

Originally from the South Side of Chicago, Deval L. Patrick came to Massachusetts at 14, when he was awarded a scholarship to Milton Academy through the Boston-based organization A Better Chance. In 2006, in his first bid for public office,  Patrick became the state's first African- American governor. In his two terms as Governor, Patrick oversaw the expansion of affordable health care to more than 98 percent of state residents, launched initiatives stimulating clean energy and biotechnology, won a national Race to the Top grant, and steered the state out of recession to a 25-year high in employment. Patrick currently serves as a Managing Director of Bain Capital LLC, where he focuses on investments that deliver both a competitive financial return and significant positive social impact.

Anne M. Finucane

Anne M. Finucane

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 8:00AM

Anne M. Finucane is vice chairman at Bank of America and a member of the company's executive management team. She is responsible for the strategic positioning of Bank of America and leads the company's Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) efforts. In addition, she oversees public policy, customer research and analytics, global marketing, and communications. Active in the community, Finucane serves on both corporate and nonprofit boards of directors including Carnegie Hall, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the American Ireland Fund, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, CVS Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Partners Healthcare, and Special Olympics. She serves on the U.S. State Department's Foreign Affairs Policy board and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Seth Moulton

Congressman Seth Moulton

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 8:00AM

U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton discussed his public service with Roger Knight of Home Base. An Iraq war veteran, Moulton served four tours as a Marine Corps infantry officer. Congressman Moulton was elected to Congress in 2014 on a platform of bringing new, bipartisan leadership to Congress. In his first term, Congressman Moulton has focused on economic growth for Massachusetts families and improving veterans' health care through the VA, where he still receives his care.

Michelle Wu

Councilor Michelle Wu

Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 8:00AM

Michelle Wu was elected to the Boston City Council in November 2013 at the age of 28, and is the first Asian-American woman to serve on the Council. She was elected as President of the City Council unanimously in January of 2016, becoming the first woman of color to hold that role. As a former restaurant owner, legal services attorney, and legal guardian of her younger sister, Councilor Wu understands firsthand the barriers that families and communities face. Wu was the lead sponsor in Boston's Paid Parental Leave ordinance and Healthcare Equity ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity—both of which passed unanimously through the Council and were signed into law by Mayor Martin Walsh. Councilor Wu got her start in City Hall working for Mayor Thomas M. Menino. She later served as statewide Constituency Director in Elizabeth Warren’s U.S. Senate campaign.

NFN Steering Committee Member Julie Burns of Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA moderated.

Gerald Chertavian

Gerald Chertavian

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 8:00AM

Gerald Chertavian is the CEO and Founder of Year Up, a national program that empowers urban young adults to enter the economic mainstream. With its annual operating budget of approximately $100M, Year Up is one of the fastest growing non-profits in the nation and was recognized by Fast Company and The Monitor Group as one of the top 25 organizations using business excellence to engineer social change. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, and in 2013 was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to serve as Chairman of the Roxbury Community College Board of Trustees. In 2015, he was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the Task Force on Economic Opportunity for Populations Facing Chronically High Rates of Unemployment. Gerald is a graduate of Bowdoin College and Harvard Business School, where he was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award in 2014. He has received Honorary Doctorates from Mount Ida College and William James College and his book, A Year Up, is a New York Times Best Seller. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and three children.

 Josh Kraft

 Josh Kraft

Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 8:00AM

Josh Kraft, Nicholas President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Boston, is in his 25th year of serving youth BCGB. Prior to accepting his current role in 2008, he was the Founding Executive Director of BGCB’s Gerald and Darlene Jordan Club in Chelsea. For 15 years, he led the after-school program from the basement of a public housing development, until the current state-of-the-art building could be built. Josh serves on the boards of Beaver Country Day School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital as well as the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, is an Overseer for the Museum of Science and Lasell College, and is also a volunteer soccer coach in Newton. He received his Bachelor’s from Williams College, and his Master’s in Education and Social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Bill Swanson

Bill Swanson

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 8:00AM

Bill Swanson served as chairman and CEO of Raytheon from January 2004 to March 2014. During Swanson's tenure, Raytheon's sales grew 26 percent, its stock price and dividend each increased three-fold and company debt was virtually eliminated. He also strengthened Raytheon's culture with a focus on core company values, ethics, diversity and the customer, while transforming the company's community engagement by championing corporate responsibility, STEM education and armed services support. His 42-year career at Raytheon included a wide range of leadership positions in various divisions. In addition to his professional accomplishments, he is an active member and leader on a variety of boards in the business, education, and non-profit sectors.

David Gasson, NFN Steering Committee Member and VP & Director of Corporate Communications at Boston Capital moderated the conversation.

Mo Cowan

Senator William "Mo" Cowan

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 8:00am

United States Senator William “Mo” Cowan is the President and CEO of ML Strategies and Of Counsel to Mintz Levin.  Prior to rejoining Mintz Levin, where he practiced from 1997-2009, Senator Cowan served as interim United States Senator representing Massachusetts, filling the vacancy created when John F. Kerry was appointed as U.S. Secretary of State.  Immediately prior to his service in the Senate, Senator Cowan served in the leadership of Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick’s Administration, holding positions that included Chief of Staff; Chief Legal Counsel; and Senior Advisor.

Linda Dorcena Forry

State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 8:30am

In April of 2013, State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate in a special election, after serving for seven years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. She is currently the Chair of the Joint Committee on Housing and the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs. A native Bostonian and first generation Haitian-American, Senator Forry is the first woman and person of color to represent the Commonwealth's 1st Suffolk District, a diverse and thriving cross-section of Boston which includes Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, and South Boston.

Adam Frankel

Speechwriting Panel: Adam Frankel and Reed Passafaro

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 8:00am

Adam Frankel is Vice President of External Affairs at Andela, where he oversees business development, communications, and partnerships. He joins Andela from Microsoft, where he worked in corporate strategy. Previously, he was founding Executive Director of Digital Promise, a bipartisan nonprofit chartered by Congress to spur digital innovation in education. In that capacity, Adam built a national coalition of school district leaders committed to innovation and forged partnerships with foundations and companies from the Gates Foundation and Carnegie Corporation to Apple and Intel. Before Digital Promise, Adam was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Speechwriter for President Barack Obama. Adam is a graduate of Princeton University and the London School of Economics, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He is a member of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s Board of Directors and its Profile in Courage Award Committee.

Reed Passafaro
Currently the Maritime Policy Manager at MASSPORT, Reed Passafaro previously served as the Director of Speechwriting for the Office of the Mayor, Thomas J. Menino. In that post he worked closely with Mayor Menino and senior staff to tell the City of Boston’s story in a clear and concise way in order to achieve mayoral objectives such as economic growth in Boston’s Innovation District, education and municipal health insurance reform, national common sense gun policy, and climate change preparedness. Reed created messaging, wrote remarks, and developed advocacy pieces for Mayor Menino’s events and media appearances, including annual State of the City Addresses, major policy addresses, press conferences, new media, keynote speeches, eulogies, video messages, and budget addresses. He also oversaw the development of remarks for daily mayoral events and appearances.
Attorney General Maura Healey

Attorney General Maura Healey

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 8:00am

Sworn in as Attorney General on January 21, 2015, Maura Healey previously helped lead the Attorney General's Office over the last seven years as head of the Civil Rights Division and as Chief of the Public Protection and Advocacy and Business & Labor Bureaus. Healey was the architect of the state's successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, and helped advise and defend the Massachusetts buffer zone law which protected women from being harassed at reproductive health centers. Prior to her time in the AG’s Office, Healey served as a litigator at a Boston law firm and as a Special Assistant District Attorney. She captained her college women’s basketball team and went on to play professional basketball in Europe before law school.

Congressman Joe Kennedy III

Congressman Joe Kennedy III

Monday, March 2, 2015 at 8:30am

Congressman Joseph Kennedy III represents the 4th District of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives. A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law, Joe worked as an Assistant District Attorney for several years in Massachusetts before running for office. He is also a veteran of the Peace Corps program, where he served in the Dominican Republic.

Ken Feinberg

Ken Feinberg

Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 8:00am

Ken Feinberg is Managing Partner and Founder of the Law Offices of Kenneth R. Feinberg, PC. He was elected chairman of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in 2009. A former Chief of Staff to Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Mr. Feinberg is one of the nation's leading experts in mediation and alternative dispute resolution. Appointed as Special Master of the U.S. Government's September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, he has since also administrated funds set up in the wake of the 2007 Virginia Tech mass shooting, BP oil spill, and the Boston Marathon bombing.

Betsy Myers

Betsy Myers

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 8:00am

As the Founding Director of the Center for Women & Business at Bentley University, Betsy Myers oversees a program that focuses on helping students develop their leadership potential and conducts research on how and why companies should promote and retain women. With deep experience in the corporate, political, and higher education areas, Myers served as a senior adviser to President Obama's campaign and also as President Clinton's senior adviser on women's issues.