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Kevin Conley: It's Personal

For the former Chairman of the Joslin Board of Trustees,  Kevin E. Conley, diabetes is deeply personal: he is the son of a man with type 2 diabetes and the father of two girls with type 1 diabetes.

As Chairman, Conley continued his mission to do everything in his power to help ensure Joslin has the resources to treat and conquer diabetes. When asked why he is inspired by Joslin, he explains, “This is a challenging disease, but Joslin is doing something positive about it—Joslin offers optimism, support and hope to people with diabetes and their families.”

Like No Other Institution
In 1997, Conley’s daughter Ashley (then age two) was diagnosed with diabetes.  Soon after, Kevin and his wife, Rikki, a Joslin Overseer, were afraid they had given their daughter an inappropriate dose of insulin.  On that Sunday evening they called Joslin. A few minutes later, Joslin’s Chief of Pediatrics Lori M. Laffel, M.D., M.P.H., returned the call. This was the clincher, the moment Conley knew he wanted to partner with Joslin to help beat this disease. 

As Conley puts it, “At any other medical institution, senior staff would not be calling new patients on a Sunday evening. That level of dedication of the staff is unique—it’s what separates Joslin from other institutions.” He adds, “Organizations are only as good as their people. I believe Joslin has the best people in the world working together, treating patients and searching for a cure.”

Leadership by Example
Having built several successful executive recruiting firms, Kevin brought to his role as Chairman a valuable business and management skill set and insight into a variety of fields, including financial services, industrial, technology and professional services. With his personal passion, energy and savvy business approach, Kevin has defined ambitious objectives for his tenure as Chairman.

“Since the first day Kevin stepped through the doors of Joslin, he has been an invaluable asset to the Center,” says C. Ronald Kahn, M.D., Joslin’s former President and Director. “Kevin embodies our vision of a world without diabetes and its complications. With his passion for Joslin’s mission and dedication to all we do at the Center, Kevin raised the bar for Joslin Trustees, Overseers, donors and employees—pushing us to reach our ultimate goal. I have no doubt he will provide outstanding leadership for years ahead.”

Kevin leverages his 20 years of business experience as an advising collaborator of Joslin’s senior management team to recruit new Trustees and Overseers who bring a variety of assets and experiences to Joslin and to assist in expanding its fundraising activities.

Since Kevin and his wife Rikki first sought care for their daughters, Ashley and Kelley, at Joslin Clinic, their generosity has taken many forms. Kevin and Rikki have given an enormous amount of time, energy and money because they believe that a cure for diabetes is more than a possibility—it is a reality.

“It is our belief that there is a solution. Enough pieces of the puzzle have been put on the table for us to find a cure,” says Kevin. “I believe the more I give today, the shorter the path to a cure for my daughters and everyone affected by diabetes.”

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Page last updated: September 22, 2014