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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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Opinion: Aid for Ukraine Benefits the U.S. in More Ways Than One

By Nancy G. Brinker & Philip Breedlove March 27, 2024 The following op-ed ran at As tensions escalate and democracy faces a defining test in Ukraine, it is imperative for the United States to stand firm in its commitment to support this besieged nation. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s increasingly hostile aggression, coupled with Ukraine’s […]

Nancy G. Brinker Congratulates 2023 Brinker Award Winners Professor Olufunmilayo Falusi Olopade & Dr. Daniel F. Hayes

December 9, 2023 Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen and The Promise Fund of Florida, shared the following statement on 2023 Brinker Award recipients Professor Olufunmilayo Falusi Olopade and Dr. Daniel F. Hayes. “I am thrilled to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the exceptional recipients of this year’s Brinker Award, Professor Olufunmilayo Falusi […]

Empowering Lives: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Nancy G. Brinker | October 1, 2023 As the leaves begin to change and a crispness fills the air, October takes on a special significance for millions around the world. It marks the arrival of Breast Cancer Awareness Month – a time of unity, reflection, and empowerment. This annual observance serves as a powerful reminder […]

Brinker Op-ed: AIDS relief plan is a testament to American leadership on the world stage

Congress must reauthorize program before the end of September Nancy G. Brinker | The Washington Times September 27, 2023 In the world of global health and diplomacy, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief stands as a shining example of American exceptionalism. As the deadline for reauthorization of this program, known as PEPFAR, nears on […]

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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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