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The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research Co-Founder to Lead Discussion Around Professional Transition From High-Finance to Non-Profit Sector

The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Boston Chapter invites non-profit leader to speak with young professionals about her career decisions.

Boston, MA, August 19, 2011 --( The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) Boston Chapter announced today that the organization will be presenting the second event in its Dine Around Series, which will offer its members the opportunity to attend a presentation by Debi Brooks, co-founder and executive vice chairman of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, followed by an in-depth question and answer session with the speaker. In her presentation, entitled, “Career Moves – The Bold Decisions of Debi Brooks,” Ms. Brooks will discuss her decision to transition from a vice president at Goldman Sachs to co-founding a leading non-profit medical research organization, and will offer professional advice to attendees who are looking to make a similar transition.

“When you are looking to make the transition to the non-profit sector, there are innumerable wonderful causes out there,” said Debi Brooks. “Focus on finding the right environment and fit for you, where you can be the most effective and make the biggest impact.”

Ms. Brooks will share her story and discuss why it is important for women in the healthcare industry to have a passion for their work. “The Michael J. Fox Foundation remains the right fit for me, because even though we’ve had great success through the years, we’re still not satisfied — in fact we’re even more motivated — encouraged by the progress we’ve seen — than we were that first day.”

This event will help encourage attendees to define their career path in a way that allows them to uncover their true passion. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss a variety of topics with Ms. Brooks, including:

· How to use passion for what you do to achieve a rewarding career
· How taking risks can lead you to unexpected adventures and experiences
· How to transition a skill set from one industry to another

“The focus of the HBA Boston Chapter is to equip women in the healthcare industry with the knowledge and tools to further their careers and achieve both their professional and personal goals,” said Julie McCann, a member of the Dine Around planning team. “In alignment with these objectives, the HBA Dine Around Series is thrilled to present our members with the unique opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge from one of the most successful women in the non-profit sector today.”

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) was founded in 2000 and is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda to further the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today. One of the Foundation’s flagship projects, the Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI), is a landmark five-year clinical study aiming to identify biomarkers that reveal the progression of Parkinson’s disease — critical to developing long-awaited disease-modifying treatments that will transform patients’ lives.

In addition to supporting the event, BioStorage Technologies, a global leader in scientific asset management, biomaterial storage and cold chain logistics, has made a donation to MJFF. Thanks to the $50 million Brin Wojcicki Challenge, which matches all new or increased giving to MJFF, BioStorage’s generous contribution will go twice as far in 2011 toward accelerating a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

Please find more information on “Career Moves – The Bold Decisions of Debi Brooks,” scheduled to take place on August 23, 2011, along with general information on the HBA Boston Chapter at

About the HBA Boston Chapter

The HBA Boston Chapter has more than 650 members and serves the greater Boston area through its leadership and involvement in shaping the professional growth of local women in the healthcare industry. The Boston Chapter started in October 2000 and has continued to offer professional development, networking opportunities, mentoring and access to the latest healthcare education and resources. For more information about the Boston Chapter, visit

About The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

As the world’s largest private funder of Parkinson’s research, The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to accelerating a cure for Parkinson’s disease and improved therapies for those living with the condition today. The foundation pursues its goals through an aggressively funded, highly targeted research program coupled with active global engagement of scientists, Parkinson’s patients, business leaders, clinical trial participants, donors and volunteers. In addition to funding more than $251 million in research to date, the Foundation has fundamentally altered the trajectory of progress toward a cure. Operating at the hub of worldwide Parkinson’s research, the Foundation forges groundbreaking collaborations with industry leaders, academic scientists and government research funders; increases the flow of participants into Parkinson’s disease clinical trials with its online tool, Fox Trial Finder; promotes Parkinson’s awareness through high-profile advocacy, events and outreach; and coordinates the grassroots involvement of thousands of Team Fox members around the world.

Now through December 31, 2012, all new, returning and increased giving to The Michael J. Fox Foundation will be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis with the $50-million Brin Wojcicki Challenge, launched by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki.

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With experience managing over 200 types of samples, BioStorage Technologies manages the complete lifecycle of a research sample including the planning, collection, transportation, protection, retrieval and disposal of a sample.

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