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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 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 […]

USA Today Op-ed: New Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines Dismiss Best Practices

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the more testing, the better. So why is the American Cancer Society recommending women get fewer tests? Opinion Contributor – August 18, 2020 Link to article @ USATODAY.com The American Cancer Society issued at the end of July new guidelines for cervical cancer screening that call for fewer women […]

Open Dialogue. Open Minds. Open Hearts.

June 2, 2020 I wanted to take a moment to share my thoughts and reflections on the happenings in our country right now. Both to acknowledge what I know many are feeling, and to open a dialogue here for any and all who may be interested in sharing their own personal stories and feelings. The […]

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Nancy interviews national leaders to recognize their accomplishments, identify solutions and chart a course forward for America.

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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