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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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My Statement on the Life of Former First Lady Barbara Bush

  “Former First Lady Barbara Bush will be remembered a strong and courageous woman who served America with compassion. Whether as First Lady or the leader of an extraordinary family, Barbara always led by example and taught fellow women many lessons through her work ethic and sterling sense of humor. Her work in support of literacy […]

Last year, Susan G. Komen affiliates awarded more than $93 million in needs-based community grants. While this degree of support may seem generous, it’s important to understand that it took us many years to get here and there is never enough money to fund all of the tremendous programs dedicated to finding a cure. For small, highly-specialized […]

Washington Examiner: Private donors for foreign embassies should be embraced by a cash-strapped federal government

A wonderful analysis in the Washington Examiner from my friend and former speechwriter for George H.W. Bush, Jennifer Grossman. “I remember visiting my friend Ambassador Nancy Brinker in Budapest back in the early 2000s, when she was serving as U.S. ambassador to Hungary….America’s flagship presence in this former Eastern Bloc country outpost was in sad […]

Nancy Brinker’s Speech At The Abu Dhabi Ideas Festival

March 2, 2018 Remarks prepared for delivery. Thank you for inviting me. This is an incredible conference, and I am honored to have a part in it as we discuss the possibility of creating a world without the threat of death from cancer. I am here today because of a promise. My sister Suzy was […]

View Nancy’s Most Recent Newsmax Conversation

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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