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.
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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A New Administration Must Confront Long-Held Challenges
The following op-ed appeared in February’s print edition of Newsmax Magazine. America is a large, complex and diverse nation in the midst of monumental change. February marks the first full month of a new Administration and new Congress. In order for them to be successful, our newly elected leaders must also be energized to confront […]
Nancy Brinker Statement on the Passing of George P. Shultz
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 7, 2021 “George P. Shultz was, unquestionably, one of the most consequential Americans of the 20th century. A world-renowned diplomat who never shirked his duty, Secretary Schultz’s quiet greatness was displayed as a three-time cabinet secretary, business executive, economist, victorious Cold Warrior and decorated United States Marine during World War II. […]
Nancy Brinker Statement on Veterans Day
November 11, 2020 “We celebrate Veterans Day on the anniversary of the armistice that brought an end to World War I. A peace, albeit temporary in nature, that began on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. It was true then as it is today, that the greatness of our nation […]
Nonprofit opens mammography screening center in West Palm Beach
The Promise Fund Mammography Screening Center aims to help underserved women get care. The Palm Beach Post – October 27, 2020 Nancy Brinker made her sister a promise 40 years ago — and because she did, Susan G. Komen, as the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is now known, has taught the world about […]
At the 1 year anniversary of #COVID19 and the 50th anniversary of the self-declared war on cancer, our govt leaders should take a central lesson to heart: challenges affect everyone, but they do not affect all of us the same. My Feb column for @Newsmax ⤵️ https://t.co/yIDmUUMApP
The pandemic is an exceptionally challenging time for all, but it's not preventing @ThePromiseFund from achieving our mission. We are not only committed to saving lives, we are also proud to champion health care equity in the fight against cancer. ⤵️ https://t.co/zf7zg2GeP0
Bob Dole is a quintessential American fighter and patriot. He sacrifices and courage on behalf of our beloved nation have rightly earned our utmost respect. My prayers are with him as he takes on this fight. https://t.co/hpbsA8echO
George Shultz was, unquestionably, one of the most consequential Americans of the 20th century. A world-renowned diplomat who never shirked his duty, Sec Schultz’s greatness was displayed as a 3x cabinet secretary, business executive, victorious Cold Warrior and decorated Marine. https://t.co/ACIaXjVmNO
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.click here to inquire about public speaking engagements >>