The United States is a history of fledgling enterprises building novel products and the global economy. Walmart, Google, General Motors, Apple, and Disney were all once just a crazy idea. Small businesses create jobs, wealth, secure families, and a creative outlet for self-actualized employees. They also smash technological and social paradigms and turn our lives upside down. Who can imagine life without a cellphone? Electricity? Cars? Antibiotics?

I have had the luck and pleasure of building the future for a living. Of improving healthcare for all. Early in my career I picked up the phone to a woman’s sobs. Her daughter was a fragile asthmatic, terribly reactive to cats, who had almost died the previous night. Luckily for the daughter my company had cloned the cat allergen, and the world’s leading clinician-researchers were my friends. That call has stayed with me, reminding me of my responsibility to leave the world a better place for my having walked through.

The Massachusetts Women’s Forum hosted 828 leaders from thirty countries

The Massachusetts Women’s Forum hosted 828 leaders from thirty countries last fall.  The Conference provoked debate about education, entrepreneurship, global food, and women’s health–but also facilitated intimate discussion amongst attendees.

At a dinner I sat next to a Lebanese woman who said she was a security consultant working in Iraq.  Surprised, I asked if she wasn’t […]

Go Women! 858 Global Leaders In Boston

Last week I had the exquisite experience of hosting the International Women’s Forum Global Leadership Conference in Boston. The Conference, in which 858 global female leaders came together to discuss today’s issues, was a tour de force. Susan Hockfield, MIT President Emerita, gave a fiery talk about education and its future, including her exciting vision […]

Working to promote female leadership

It is my honor to be President and Chairman of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, 175 preeminent Massachusetts women working to promote female leadership in a peer community. It is a heady time for Massachusetts—in addition to our senior Senator Elizabeth Warren, Representatives Niki Tsongas and Katherine Clark, four of our top elected officials are women: […]

Every cell has a sex

Dr. Paula Johnson deserves the credit for the National Institute of Health’s 2015 directive that female subjects must be included in early stages of drug research. It seems such an obvious, common-sense concept that it shouldn’t have taken 128 years since the founding of the NIH in 1887 for such inclusion to become reality.

Dr. Johnson, […]

Avichai Kremer and the killer ALS

John McArthur, then Dean of Harvard Business School and my mentor, called me with a request. He wanted me to help a student start a biotech company. This was not optional, and it was no average student. Avichai Kremer, an extraordinary Israeli MBA candidate, had been diagnosed with ALS at age 29. After taking 24 […]