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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


Susan G. Komen South Florida Board Meeting

It was a pleasure to attend the spring board meeting of Susan G. Komen South Florida. Together, we have engaged in an ambitious and aggressive campaign to eradicate deaths from breast cancer that stem from disparities in access to high quality care in our community. Florida is the third largest state in America – and […]

Former Ambassador Nancy Brinker on the Future of the Susan G. Komen Foundation

  Former Ambassador Nancy Brinker discusses the future of the Susan G. Komen Foundation with The American Journal for Managed Care stating, “It’s time for major innovation.”                                      Transcript: What do you see as the future of the […]

After Iran Deal Exit, What’s Next Most Critical

  By Nancy G. Brinker May 10, 2018 Newsmax The Iran deal is no more. Many diplomacy and intelligence experts have weighed in on whether the deal — also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — was ultimately making America and the world safer. While there is merit on both sides of […]

Secretary Pompeo, Ambassador Grenell: Steps Forward for US Foreign Policy

  By Nancy G. Brinker April 27, 2018 Newsmax International relations today stands at one of its most volatile points in modern history. While our nation is faced with tremendous challenges, we also confront numerous opportunities to expand our global influence, strengthen diplomatic ties among the world community, and stem the time of oppression, hunger, […]

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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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