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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


Nancy Brinker Statement on U.S. Senate Passage of the Respect for Marriage Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 29, 2022 “I have long said that the ability to marry, raise a family and build a life with the person you love is one of the most fundamental rights that exists. This evening’s historic vote in support of the Respect for Marriage Act (RMA) the United States Senate is an […]

Nancy Brinker Remarks at FAHP Annual Conference (Nov 2022)

Remarks as prepared for delivery.* -November 18, 2022- Florida Association of Health Plans Annual Conference, Orlando, Fl.  Thank you all for inviting me and thank you Audrey for your friendship, and the incredible leadership you bring to FAHP.  I always enjoy speaking to this group because FAHP is full of problem solvers. And I have […]

Promise Fund of Florida creates equal opportunity for low-income women to defeat breast cancer

South Florida Sun Sentinel | November 2, 2022 By Scott Luxor, Correspondent While breast cancer is an equal opportunity scourge for people regardless of income, screening and treatment of cancer is not available to all women everywhere. But there is hope for women on the economic margins of society. Nancy Brinker, the founder of the […]

Miami Herald: Panthers ‘Pink in the Rink’ event of personal importance to GM Bill Zito

October 21, 2022 | The Miami Herald The Florida Panthers will host a “Pink in the Rink” night on Friday when they play the Tampa Bay Lightning to benefit the Promise Fund of Florida. The event is the Panthers’ first specifically dedicated to breast cancer awareness, a particularly personal passion of their general manager Bill […]

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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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