Conan O'Brien speaks on Presidential Wit and Humor for the New Frontier Network 

Led by Honorary Chair Conan O’Brien, who headlined the New Frontier Network's inaugural fundraiser, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s New Frontier Network brings together future generations of leaders and philanthropists committed to advancing President Kennedy’s ideals of civic engagement and public service to new generations.

Members enjoy unique opportunities to connect with the Kennedy Library, including invitations to exclusive events around the country with civic and business leaders, high-profile elected officials, humanitarians & rising stars in public service.

Our members also provide a vital source of energy, leadership, and critical funds to the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, all while participating in dynamic programming and activities.

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To join the New Frontier Network or to learn about corporate sponsorship opportunities, contact Tom Reece at or call 617.514.1673. 

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Profiles in Service Breakfast Speaker Series

Vanessa Kerry

Dr. Vanessa Kerry
Co-Founder and CEO, Seed Global
Wednesday, May 3 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.


Sam Kennedy

Sam Kennedy
President, Boston Red Sox
Tuesday, May 9 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.


Ambassador Nicholas Burns Ambassador Nicholas Burns
Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
Thursday, June 1 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.

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About the Profiles in Service Breakfast Speaker Series

In January 2015, the JFK Library Foundation introduced Profiles in Service, a breakfast speaker series offered to members of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Network. Each month we’ll feature an hour of conversation with top leaders in public service.

Learn more and see past Breakfast Events.>>>

New Frontier Network Leadership:

Conan O'Brien, Honorary Chair
Stephen J. Kerrigan, Co-Chair
Jeannie Kedas, Co-Chair

New Frontier Network Steering Committee:

Calen Angert, TA Associates
Terence Burke, Boston Chamber of Commerce
Julie Burns, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA
Wendell K. Chestnut, Bank of America
Yasmin Cruz, John Hancock
Kate Donaghey, MA Teachers Association
Dylan Donahue, Harbor Freight Tools
Leslie Feinberg, Home Base Program
Mary Liz Ganley, ML Ganley Consulting
David Gasson, Boston Capital
David Guarino, Melwood Global
Julie Lammers, American Student Assistance
Noreen McMahon, Highland Street Foundation
Joanna Shea O’Brien, Communications and Research Consultant
Leigh Simons Youmans, MA Council of Community Hospitals
Corey Welford, CTP Boston
B.J. Wiley, SweatCred


with generous support from:

NFN Sponsors