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About Me


I grew up in Peoria, Illinois in a loving family of passionate caregivers and innovative strivers. My father, Marvin Goodman, a businessman with a big heart, embodied the solid values he instilled in me and my big sister, Susan. Our mother, Ellie Goodman, a Girl Scout leader and community activist, lit up rooms with her vibrant smile and lived her faith with daily acts of loving kindness. Mom was a fundraising marvel, part of the army of everyday people who supported scientists in their search for a polio vaccine in the 1950s. Trooping along with her, Suzy and I witnessed the powerful chemistry of caring and action, and it shaped our lives.

The Book


For sisters and survivors, for anyone who’s ever been lost and found, for every book club that thrives on lively discussion and every reader in search of a riveting emotional journey. For anyone who’s ever wondered, “Who was the real Susan G. Komen?” This is my story and the story of my sister, Suzy.


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NewsRoom


NBC News Dallas: Susan G. Komen Founder Launches New Mission to Help Underserved Women

Nancy Brinker spoke with NBC 5 about her sister’s legacy and the new effort to help uninsured women facing life-altering cancer diagnoses October 6, 2021 NBC5 Dallas October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While fundraisers for research and support for patients and survivors are taking place throughout the month, the founder of the Susan G. […]

WPTV: Susan G. Komen founder shares concerns about decrease in breast cancer screenings since pandemic

80 percent decrease in screenings during the pandemic, CDC reports October 4, 2021 WPTV Story Link WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The news that Florida’s first lady has been diagnosed with breast cancer is a reminder that no one is immune to it. Little is known about the stage of her diagnosis, but in a statement, the […]

Statement on Breast Cancer Awareness Month (2021)

Nancy Brinker, founder of The Promise Fund of Florida and Susan G. Komen, released the following statement in commemoration of the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “For the second consecutive year, Breast Cancer Awareness Month coincides with the ongoing global pandemic. While these occurrences reinforce the gratitude we all share for medical professionals, researchers, […]

Hologic’s Groundbreaking Global Women’s Health Index Study Reveals Gaps in Women’s Healthcare

The inaugural results of the Hologic’s groundbreaking Global Women’s Health Index are complete, and the opportunities to improve women’s health are staggering. World leaders, change-makers, and society as a whole must take notice of the situation and act quickly to improve women’s health everywhere. The survey was conducted in partnership with Gallup World Poll and […]

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Speaking Engagements


Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker has given speeches around the world – from the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland to business leaders in Moscow, Russia and at annual meetings of our nation’s largest companies. Her inspiring story of leading the global breast cancer movement from a promise made to her sister resonates with so many looking to transform businesses and organizations. In front of countless audiences big and small, she has shared her fascinating experiences and stories as our nation’s top diplomat in Hungary in the weeks and months immediately following 9/11 and as the United States Chief of Protocol under President Bush where she had the intimate opportunity to walk the halls of the West Wing and White House Residence as she managed protocol and social matters for visiting heads of state and government.

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