Career Collaborative Announces 2019 Leadership Breakfast

Career Collaborative is pleased to announce that its 2019 Leadership Breakfast will take place Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Back Bay Harvard Club in Boston. Jeffrey Leiden, MD, PHD, chairman, president and CEO of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, will be the keynote speaker. Doors will open at 7:00 a.m. for networking and the breakfast will begin at 8:00 a.m.  

Career Collaborative’s annual Leadership Breakfast highlights the impact of the organization’s job placement-career development programs, and celebrates the hard work and contributions of participants, volunteers, and supporters.  

“This is a lively networking event that brings together our wonderful community partners, including CEOs and business association heads, civic and philanthropic leaders, Career Collaborative alumni, and volunteers from companies around Greater Boston,” said Career Collaborative President and CEO Susan Yule. “We’re eager to hear from Dr. Leiden, who has dedicated himself to improving the lives of others as a doctor and as a business leader, a position he’s used to advance career opportunities in the sciences for women and underserved populations.” 

Leiden is a physician and scientist who, for the last 30 years, has focused his career on improving the lives of people with serious diseases. His experience spans all aspects of the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Leiden has served on Vertex’s board of directors since 2009 and as chairman and CEO since 2012. Under his leadership, Vertex delivered the first and only precision medicines to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF). It is his mission and the basis of the company’s research priorities to bring transformative medicines to people with CF and other serious diseases.  

Dr. Leiden cares deeply about inspiring and equipping under-resourced students and young women to become the next generation of scientific leaders. He established a signature program at Vertex to enhance science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) education among local students, including an on-site Learning Lab, mentorship programs, internships and college scholarships. In 2017, Vertex announced a sustained corporate giving commitment of $500 million over the next 10 years, of which $50 million is focused on STEAM education. 

“I’m proud to support Career Collaborative, an organization that is strengthening families within our community and providing critical resources to adults looking to build meaningful careers,” said Leiden. “Our innovation economy is booming here in Massachusetts and it’s critical that we provide more people with the skills and opportunity to take part in it. Career Collaborative does just that, and I look forward to continuing to partner with them and the business community on this important work.” 

Sponsors for this year’s event include Bullhorn, Inc. and Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Additional sponsorships are still available. Visit Career Collaborative online for more information, or contact Susan Yule at 617-424-0066 or

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