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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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November 2021 Remarks at Florida Association of Health Plans Annual Conference

Ambassador Nancy G Brinker FAHP Remarks as prepared for delivery November 14, 2021 — Orlando, FL   Thank you all for inviting me and thank you Audrey for your friendship and for the incredible leadership you bring to these issues. I can’t tell you how great it is to be here in person with all […]

Conquer Magazine: A 40-Year Battle Against Breast Cancer: How I Continue to Honor My Sister’s Dying Wish

October 2021 Vol 7 No 5 Nancy Brinker Founder, Susan G. Komen, and Co-Founder, Promise Fund of Florida Palm Beach, Florida “You have breast cancer.” These are 4 gut-wrenching words that nobody wants to hear, yet more than 300,000 women and men in America will confront the disease for the first time this year. For […]

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 […]

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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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